How to Get the Benefits of the Cloud to Your On-Premises Workloads

Stijn Maes
Stijn Maes
13 July 2023

VMware Cloud Data Management Cloud Infrastructure

In today's fast-paced digital landscape, businesses constantly seek ways to optimize their IT infrastructure, improve operational efficiency, and embrace cloud technologies.

However, not all workloads can be easily migrated to the cloud due to various factors such as data sensitivity, compliance requirements, or resource dependencies.

That's where VMware vSphere+ comes into play, completely changing how organizations can bring the benefits of the cloud to their on-premises workloads.
In this article, we will

  1. Address several common challenges faced by organizations when managing their on-premises workloads and explore how vSphere+ helps overcome these challenges, ensuring a streamlined and efficient infrastructure.

  2. Uncover how vSphere+ empowers IT admins, DevOps engineers, and business decision-makers, offering industry-leading virtualization technology, a robust Kubernetes environment, and high-value cloud services in a SaaS-enabled infrastructure.

But before anything else, let's outline what VMware vSphere+ is and why it's so powerful.


What is vSphere+ and Why is it so Powerful?

VMware vSphere+ is a powerful and advanced virtualization platform that takes the capabilities of vSphere to the next level. It serves as the brain of your IT operations, managing various elements of your infrastructure, including CPUs, data storage, and networking resources, in a harmonious and efficient manner.

Many enterprises prefer to have traditional on-premises data centers for a variety of reasons, for instance:

  • Economic advantages
  • Network bandwidth considerations
  • Latency sensitivity
  • Data privacy
  • Sovereignty concerns
  • Regulatory compliance requirements
  • Technical complexities associated with refactoring and migration

However, integrating cloud services can bring significant benefits to these on-premises workloads.

To maximize the potential of on-premises infrastructure, it is crucial to empower IT admins, developer teams, and decision-makers.

The digital era has transformed business operations over recent years, with the need for robust IT infrastructure becoming a necessity rather than a luxury.

Recognizing this need, VMware, a global leader in cloud infrastructure and digital workspace technology, offers an innovative solution: VMware vSphere+.

This next-generation infrastructure virtualization software builds upon the success of vSphere and introduces enhanced features for virtualization, cloud computing, and data center management.

Next, let's take a moment to look at some of the common challenges organizations face when managing their on-premises workloads and how vSphere+ helps overcome these challenges.


3 Key Challenges and Solutions for On-Premises Workloads

#1 Fragmented Infrastructure

One of the challenges organizations often face is maintaining visibility and control across different geographies, clouds (public cloud and multi-cloud), and edge locations.

This fragmentation can lead to poor security gaps and increased costs associated with routine infrastructure maintenance.

How does vSphere+ help?

vSphere+ provides a unified management approach that enables administrators to oversee multiple environments from a centralized cloud console.

This centralized control enhances visibility, simplifies security management, and reduces the costs and disruptions associated with infrastructure maintenance. With vSphere+, businesses can achieve a cohesive and well-controlled infrastructure across all locations.

#2 Sluggish Innovation

In today's competitive landscape, organizations must strive for rapid application development and a shorter time to market. However, a shortage of skills and talent in cloud-native methods like Kubernetes can hinder innovation.

How does vSphere+ help?

vSphere+ addresses this challenge by offering an enterprise-ready Kubernetes environment. By integrating Kubernetes into the vSphere+ platform, organizations can accelerate app development and deployment, ensuring faster time to market.

Additionally, vSphere+ provides the necessary tools and features to address "Day 2" requirements, such as security, compliance, and scalability, enabling organizations to develop and deliver applications that meet evolving business needs.

#3 Inflexible Consumption

Traditional CapEx purchases may be difficult to justify and may not align with the changing needs of the business. This inflexibility can hinder organizations' ability to respond quickly to changing demands and market dynamics.

How does vSphere+ help?

vSphere+ introduces a flexible consumption model that allows businesses to convert their capital expenditures (CapEx) into operational expenditures (OpEx). This OpEx model aligns expenses with resource usage, making it easier for organizations to adapt and scale according to their needs.

What's more is that vSphere+ simplifies license key management, eliminating the hassle associated with tracking and managing licenses. This flexibility in consumption allows organizations to optimize costs, respond quickly to changing demands, and ensure a more agile and efficient IT infrastructure.

By addressing these customer challenges, vSphere+ empowers organizations to

  1. Overcome fragmentation
  2. Drive innovation
  3. Achieve flexible consumption models

With its comprehensive features, streamlined management, and enterprise-grade capabilities, vSphere+ enables businesses to maximize the value of their on-premises workloads while embracing the benefits of cloud technologies.

Recap of the Key Challenges and Solutions

With vSphere+, you no longer have to choose between the cloud and your on-premises infrastructure. VMware vSphere+ bridges the gap by extending the advantages of cloud computing to existing workloads, enabling organizations to experience the scalability, agility, and cost-efficiency associated with the cloud, right within their own data centers.

By embracing vSphere+, companies can leverage its powerful capabilities to

  • Optimize resource utilization
  • Streamline operations
  • Unlock new opportunities for innovation

Industry-leading Virtualization Technology

vSphere+ is the go-to enterprise workload platform, designed to empower IT admins, DevOps engineers, and business decision-makers alike.

By providing a comprehensive set of tools and features, vSphere+ enables these key stakeholders to take full control of their infrastructure, build, run, manage, and secure both traditional and next-gen applications seamlessly. Here are three examples:

#1 Streamline Operations and Reduce Overhead

One of the significant advantages of vSphere+ is its ability to remove the burden of retraining, reskilling, or adding additional headcount.

With its user-friendly interface and intuitive controls, IT admins and DevOps engineers can easily adapt to the platform, leveraging their existing skill sets. This eliminates the need for extensive training programs and reduces the costs associated with recruiting and hiring specialized personnel.

By optimizing the utilization of existing resources, vSphere+ ensures that businesses can maximize their return on investment without compromising efficiency.

#2 Meet the vSphere+ Cloud Console

Managing multiple vSphere environments can often be a complex and time-consuming task.

However, vSphere+ simplifies this process with its powerful cloud console. The cloud console provides a centralized management interface that allows administrators to seamlessly oversee multiple vSphere environments from a single, unified dashboard.

This streamlined approach enhances efficiency, reduces the risk of errors, and enables IT teams to focus on strategic initiatives rather than mundane operational tasks.

#3 Convert CapEx Investments to OpEx

One of the key considerations for organizations is optimizing costs.

vSphere+ addresses this by allowing businesses to convert their existing vSphere capital expenditures (CapEx) investments into operational expenditures (OpEx). This flexibility enables organizations to align their expenses with the actual usage of resources, optimizing financial planning and resource allocation.

By embracing the OpEx model, businesses gain increased financial agility, scalability, and cost control.


With VMware vSphere+, organizations can transform their on-premises workloads, seamlessly integrating the benefits of cloud computing into their existing infrastructure.

This enterprise workload platform empowers IT admins, DevOps engineers, and business decision-makers by providing industry-leading virtualization technology, a robust Kubernetes environment, and high-value cloud services.

By leveraging vSphere+, businesses can streamline operations, reduce overhead, and unlock the full potential of their on-premises workloads without sacrificing the scalability, agility, and cost-efficiency of the cloud.

Embrace vSphere+ today and pave the way for a future-ready, digitally empowered organization.



Stijn Maes

Stijn Maes

Stijn Maes is Managing Partner and founder at Agisko and has over 10 years of experience in the field of application delivery. Stijn rapidly grew from consultant to architect within several virtualization companies. Stijn joined the career paths of Bob and Wim by joining Raido and afterward SecureLink where he grew further towards managing consultants in project delivery. Stijn strives to guide Agisko’s strategy and deliver excellent execution of projects at customer sites, giving them the best modernization of their digital business.

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