Virtual Cloud Network Readiness Assessment

Everything of value is connected to the network and new customer experiences are being delivered through the cloud. Is your network ready to support new innovation and business opportunities today and in the future?

Complete this 10-minute survey to find out. You'll receive a personalized report and guidance on how a Virtual Cloud Network built on VMware NSX technology can help you drive your business forward.

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READINESS ASSESSMENT

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Assessment

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Rank the following IT priority for your organization:

N/A

Low

Mid

Major

Critical

Network upgrades to streamline network and security operations across sites, apps, clouds

Simplify WAN management, reduce costs and increase agility of branch office networks

Automate IT for speed and agility, enabling ops teams to support business and/or dev teams

Cloud-first initiatives and/or extending IT infrastructure using cloud services

App development and app modernization across both traditional and new app frameworks leveraging microservices and containers

N/A

Low

Mid

Major

Critical

Network Virtualization

Branch Networking

Network Automation

Multi-cloud Networking

Cloud Native Applications

SELECT THE PRIMARY OBSTACLES THAT COULD PREVENT YOU FROM ACHIEVING YOUR PRIORITIES

Security

Technology

IT organizational structure

Budget

Business Processes

Network Virtualization

Branch Networking

Network Automation

Multi-cloud Networking

Cloud Native Applications

Network Virtualization

Assess your organization's current capabilities.

Estimated time to complete section: 2 minutes

Rate the level IT responsiveness to business demands that require IT infrastructure-related changes:

Unsure

Not effective

Slightly responsive

Mostly effective

Extremely agile

What portion of your applications/workloads are in the public cloud?

Unsure

None

Mostly on prem/private cloud

Mostly hybrid

Only using public cloud

How manual is your process to move apps across sites or clouds?

Unsure

I don't even try

Very manual

Systemized processes

Fully automated

How much consistency do you have in managing networking connectivity and security policies across sites and clouds?

Unsure

None

Little

Moderate

Complete

Branch Networking

Assess your organization's current capabilities.

Estimated time to complete section: 2 minutes

Rate the level IT responsiveness to business demands that require branch connectivity and infrastructure-related changes:

Unsure

Not effective

Slightly responsive

Mostly effective

Extremely agile

Rate the performance of real-time applications such as voice, and cloud applications across branch locations.

Unsure

Unreliable

Poor

Moderate

Effective

What portion of business-critical apps for your branch locations are in the public cloud?

Unsure

None

Mostly on prem/private cloud

Mostly Hybrid

Only using public cloud

How much consistency do you have in managing connectivity, networking and security policies for your branches and WAN?

Unsure

None

Little

Moderate

Complete

Network Automation

Assess your organization's current capabilities.

Estimated time to complete section: 2 minutes

How automated is your networking and security provisioning and management process?

Unsure

Entirely manual

More manual than automated

More automated than manual

Fully automated

How long does it take to provision new applications?

Unsure

Too long

Months

Weeks

Minutes

How much visibility do you have into network traffic flows and security topologies?

Unsure

No visibility

Limited

Sufficient

Enterprise-wide

Are you able to troubleshoot application connectivity and security issues end-to-end?

Unsure

Not at all

Physical only

Virtual and/or Cloud only

Enterprise-wide

Multi-Cloud Networking

Assess your organization's current capabilities.

Estimated time to complete section: 2 minutes

Are you able to meet the infrastructure and services needs of your app teams on-demand?

Unsure

Never

Rarely

Mostly

Always

Are business units bypassing IT to buy public cloud services?

Unsure

No idea

Too often

Occasionally

Never

How much consistency do you have in networking connectivity and security policies for applications running in and across clouds (may include private, public or hybrid)?

Unsure

None

Little

Moderate

Complete

How many tools do you operate for managing your data center, cloud and branch environments?

Unsure

Way too many

Many

Several

Single Platform

Cloud-Native Applications

Assess your organization's current capabilities.

Estimated time to complete section: 2 minutes

What application initiatives are in-progress or planned? (Select all that apply)

Unsure

None

App modernization/ replatforming

Moving apps as-is to the cloud

New app development

What application platforms and container orchestration tools are your developers using? (Select all that apply)

Unsure

Other

Kubernetes

Pivotal Cloud Foundry

Docker Swarm

How are your developers getting access to container tools?

Unsure

No idea

Public cloud

Mix of internal IT & public cloud

Self-service through internal IT

Do your developers avoid internal IT due to their lack of capacity or capability to service every business need?

Unsure

No idea

Too often

It's improving

Rarely or never

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  • Next steps on how you can leverage software to transform networking and security for your organization and realize your objectives.
  • How other VMware customers facing similar challenges have been able to achieve greater flexibility, speed, and value for their businesses.
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Your Assessment At-A-Glance

Network Virtualization

Branch Networking

Network Automation

Multi-cloud Networking

Cloud Native Applications

READINESS ASSESSMENT

RESULTS

Thank you for taking the Virtual Cloud Network Assessment

This report summarizes the survey responses of your organization's current capabilities against each of the IT priorities you've indicated.

Virtual Cloud Networking Readiness

Network Virtualization

Branch Networking

Network Automation

Multi-cloud Networking

Cloud Native Applications

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N/A

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Low

10
Mid

15
Major

20
Critical

What Do Your Scores Mean?

The Virtual Cloud Network Readiness Assessment maps your IT organization's current capabilities versus the desired state. The closer your Current Capabilities are to your Priorities indicate areas of maturity. Greater gaps between capabilities and priorities represent areas of opportunity.

Check out the sections below for specific guidance on how a Virtual Cloud Network built on VMware NSX technology can help you drive your business forward.

Your results

Network Virtualization

N/A

Branch Networking

N/A

Network Automation

N/A

Multi-cloud Networking

N/A

Cloud Native Applications

N/A

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Branch Networking:Simplify Management, Reduce Costs and Increase Agility of Branch Office Wide Area Network

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Automation:Automate IT for Speed and Agility, Improve Time to Market

VMware allows you to broaden business agility through automation. Automate IT processes for configuration and provisioning of complete application stacks, including network and security services, to enable them to speed the development and delivery of applications for faster time to market.

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"NSX helped improve the speed at which IT services were delivered. Non-cloud solutions were being outsourced, so delivery could take 30 to 40 days. But by moving to a VMware solution where NSX integrates fully with the VMware vRealize Suite, we were able to reduce that to 48 hours."

Brad Skeel, Sr. Manager, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Deluxe

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N/A

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Multi-cloud Networking:Cloud first initiatives and/or extending IT infrastructure using cloud services

VMware provides customers with a unified approach to gain end-to-end visibility, governance, and security into not only cloud resources, but also applications running on multiple cloud resources. You can confidently embrace multiple clouds while scaling your cloud operations and reducing OpEx.

Learn more about : VMware NSX Data Center

Success Story:

"NSX helped improve the speed at which IT services were delivered. Non-cloud solutions were being outsourced, so delivery could take 30 to 40 days. But by moving to a VMware solution where NSX integrates fully with the VMware vRealize Suite, we were able to reduce that to 48 hours."

Matthew Vince, Chief Design Officer, State of Louisiana

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N/A

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Cloud-Native Applications: Application Development and Modernization Supported by Developer-Ready Infrastructure

Mware NSX Data Center and NSX Cloud provide a network virtualization and security platform for the enterprise that is helping our customers make the transition to the digital era. As developers embrace new technologies like containers, and the percentage of workloads running in public clouds increases, network virtualization must expand to offer a full range of networking and security services, natively, in these environments.

Learn more:

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VMware NSX Cloud delivers consistent and operationally scalable micro-segmentation security for applications running natively in public clouds.

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N/A

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Business Obstacles

VMware's long history of addressing IT complexity and operations through software positions us to uniquely deliver the next network for the digital era. Learn how the Virtual Cloud Network can help you overcome these challenges while delivering greater flexibility, speed, and value to your business.

Security

Security

VMware makes security an intrinsic part of the infrastructure that applications and data live on, rather than a bolted-on afterthought. By leveraging the unique properties of virtualization and cloud, VMware ensures consistent, data-centric security that is as scalable and agile as the applications and data it protects. With security architected in, policies follow applications, services, and devices wherever they travel, independent of the physical network topology.

Technology

Technology

Software is eating the world and changing the way the data center operates. Virtualization, pioneered by VMware, has led a fundamental shift in operations and how developers and IT teams interact with infrastructure. And just as virtualization helped you simplify compute and storage in the data center, the same operational model of a VM can be applied to your networking and security. VMware's software-based approach is delivering a networking and security platform that enables customers to connect, secure and operate an end-to-end architecture to deliver services to the application wherever it may land, setting you up to be able to support whatever endpoints or applications you may need to support in the future.

IT Organizational structure

IT Organizational structure

The new approach to networking empowers IT organizations to transform. It's not just about the technology, but this new world of IT requires collaboration between teams. The network becomes the key enabler to help break down IT silos and foster collaboration. This transformation is not about VI admins taking over the network, but rather organizations are building cross-functional teams that operate infrastructure much more effectively than before, reducing complexity by automating processes that we're once manual, and ultimately creating a culture where IT becomes more agile and delivering greater value to the business.

Budget

Budget

There are a number of cost savings and business benefits enabled with an investment in a Virtual Cloud Network. VMware commissioned Forrester Consulting to conduct a Total Economic Impact (TEI) study and examine the potential return on investment (ROI) enterprises may realize.

Organizations interviewed by Forrester experienced a number of quantified benefits:

  • Capital expenditure avoidance through improved resource utilization and retirement of legacy resources. Greenfield infrastructure projects can result in additional capex savings by avoiding an even greater amount of hardware purchases in new data centers.
  • Operational cost avoidance for decommissioned and ongoing avoided hardware purchases
  • System administrator time savings from IT and security automation
  • Reduced WAN connectivity costs
  • Reclaimed losses from downtime
  • Time savings in managing the WAN

The organizations also benefited from improved security - a direct result of a micro-segmentation strategy. The reduction in risk exposure that accompanies any major improvement in internal security has not been factored into the ROI.

Download the full TEI case study.

Business Processes

Business Processes

VMware is delivering consistent networking and security for thousands of on-premises data centers and private clouds, as well as for applications running in public clouds, maximizing operational efficiency and lowering OpEx. Having a common operational model, with single pane of glass management and common API, allows IT to simplify and scale operations across data centers, sites, and clouds, while maintaining standardization and compliance for applications. This enables freedom the business requires to fuel innovation, while maintaining the full visibility and operational control.

THE NETWORK THAT GOT US TO TODAY IS NOT SUFFICIENT FOR TOMORROW

As organizations prioritize digital transformation initiatives, many are finding that legacy networks are holding them back. To support new business models, cloud adoption, and an explosion in connected devices, modern networks must support interoperability across data centers, multiple clouds, branch locations, and edge devices. Applications now run at every point on this spectrum, and they are critical to businesses' ability to win in hypercompetitive marketplaces. Yet, even as business success has become more dependent on this new architecture, and the amount of data flowing across connections has increased, many organizations still lack a unified approach to management, automation, and security. What is needed is a new network approach that is flexible, programmable, abstracted and designed for future innovation.

Sharpen your competitive edge and future-proof your business with the Virtual Cloud Network-the intelligent, software-defined solution that helps you connect it all, secure it all, and take advantage of it all. When it comes to creating the network of your future, every company is unique, and every path is different. Learn more about your next steps:

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vRealize Network Insight

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