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VMware Cloud On AWS ready for SA next year

With VMware building out its Cloud across AWS regions, it is only a matter of time before the service arrives in South Africa, writes ARTHUR GOLDSTUCK



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William Hill, one of the world’s leading betting and gaming companies, is an early adopter of VMware Cloud on AWS, and offers a good case study in how the service can be leveraged.

“Cloud is at the heart of our business; it’s the only way we can transform and achieve our business objectives. We have a two-year plan to move all applications to the public cloud,” said Sarah Lucas, the company’s head of platforms and infrastructure. “VMware Cloud on AWS provides William Hill with a more secure and agile hybrid cloud platform built on consistent infrastructure and operations. With VMware Cloud on AWS, William Hill is migrating workloads quickly with no refactoring, allowing us to meet our data centre evacuation and cloud migration timelines. 

“The speed of migrations, and the operational efficiency we have gained by leveraging our existing VMware processes, skills and tools allow us to more easily meet the dynamic capacity requirements of key sporting events like the Cheltenham Festival and the Grand National.”

A somewhat different case study is offered by the UK Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), the UK’s biggest public service department, responsible for welfare, pensions and child maintenance policy.

“Three years ago, much of our IT was outsourced and we were suffering under monolithic contracts with 12 to 24-month delivery cycles, limited flexibility, and no control. We wanted to take back control of IT,” said Steven Prescott-Jones, who goes by the title, OPH Lead- Hybrid Cloud at the DWP. 

“VMware Cloud on AWS gives us complete control of a modern hybrid cloud environment, with consistent infrastructure and operations that empower us to place applications in the best possible environments, whether that’s on-premises or in the cloud. We can now take advantage of a genuine consumption-based model where we’re paying only for what we need, ensuring our platforms are now cost-optimised, and we are lowering operational expenses through automated provisioning and streamlined management. Most importantly, our applications perform better for our users.” 

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