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1 A Guide to for Government Agencies An inside-out approach for extending your data center to the cloud Inside INTRODUCTION CHAPTER 1 CHAPTER 2 CHAPTER 3 CONCLUSION Transform the Government IT Environment Common Government Agency Drivers Questions to Ask When Evaluating Enterprise-Class Top 5 Use Cases for Enterprise-Class Getting Started Top 5 Considerations When Selecting a Provider

2 INTRODUCTION Transform the Government IT Environment With Enterprise-Class Government customers are in need of a secure, compliant enterprise-class hybrid cloud service. The majority of government customers operate some combination of onsite and offsite IT environments and are struggling to manage both new and legacy applications and infrastructure. Enterprise-class hybrid cloud empowers government customers to leverage existing investments in applications and infrastructure, and avoid the complexity of having to rewrite applications to work on a public cloud infrastructure. VMware delivers vcloud Government Service, provided by Carpathia, an enterprise class hybrid cloud solution where both onsite and offsite IT environments are not just connected and integrated with common management, but are designed to run existing and new applications in exactly the same way. With vcloud Government Service, government customers don t have to spend cycles adapting to the cloud and rewriting code; instead, they can focus on leveraging what the cloud brings to deliver value to their branch of government or mission responsibilities. Customers can securely extend their data centers to the cloud rapidly, easily and confidently, using a more supportive and integrated cloud infrastructure that is FedRAMP authorized. 1

3 Common Government Agency Drivers for Enterprise-Class CHAPTER 1 The demand for IT resources within the Federal environment is ever-changing, requiring either ramping up or reduction of resources. To provide for these changes, you must have the capacity to meet both predictable and unpredictable situations. An IT strategy should consider all available options for onsite and offsite environments to meet the demand for IT resources. Being capped at the physical boundaries of a data center doesn t make sense when you have rich cloud options at your disposal that can be integrated into your overall IT strategy to allow you to meet demand. Enterprise-class hybrid cloud allows you to augment your internal data center resources, providing a flexible and cost-effective solution to a variety of common challenges, such as: On-premise capacity limitations Limited IT staff and budget Lack of in-house IT cloud experience Seasonal or unpredictable usage patterns Rapid new application development requirements Procurement limitations 2

4 CHAPTER 2 Questions to Ask When Evaluating Enterprise-Class Q1 Will my legacy applications be able to run in hybrid cloud without complex changes? A: The first problem most agencies face when moving workloads to the cloud is that most public clouds are not designed to run both legacy and new applications on a common platform. Legacy applications often have to be rewritten for the specific cloud infrastructure. The problem is that the underlying constructs are often completely different. This has complex ramifications in how you can move and manage workloads among your onsite and offsite environments. vcloud Government Service is different because it s built on VMware vsphere, it provides a common platform across your data center to the cloud. The result is you can write, deploy and manage applications in the cloud in exactly the same way as you do today. vcloud Government Service supports thousands of applications and dozens of operating systems that are certified to run on vsphere, so no changes are required to run your legacy applications in the cloud and there are no new tools or processes to learn for deploying new applications. VMware vsphere & vcloud Suite Legacy & New Apps VMware vcloud Government Service Seamless Networking Common Management Your Data Center One Support Call Software-Defined Data Center Any Application No Changes 3

5 Questions to Ask When Evaluating Enterprise-Class Q2 Will my data be secure in Carpathia s offsite IBX Vault? A: The IBX Vault was purpose-built to meet the highest standards in physical and network security for government customers using its industry-leading defense-in-depth security controls. vcloud Government Service is operated by Carpathia, the leading managed hosting and public and private cloud operator for the federal government as demonstrated by their strong track record managing mission-critical government systems for cabinet-level agencies, Department of Defense agencies, military services and Legislative and Judicial branches of government. vcloud Government Service enables customers to maintain security and data protection that meets a range of regulations, standards and best practices including FedRAMP authorization. 4

6 Questions to Ask When Evaluating Enterprise-Class Q3 How can I trust that my workloads will migrate smoothly? A: The award-winning vsphere technology, designed for private, hybrid and public cloud computing architectures, helped VMware earn its title as an industry leader. It s what we do a natural extension of the tried and tested platform widely used in data centers throughout the Federal and Defense agencies, as well as State and Local government. The advantage for the U.S. Government is similar: it s an extension of what the majority of Federal and Defense organizations are already doing with their existing data center infrastructure and applications. What could be simpler than extending existing, internal data center infrastructure to matching infrastructure on the outside? What s more, our partner ecosystem ensures that our government customers can make this transition with partners they already trust. Trusted technology and trusted partners are key to reducing risk and maximizing existing investments. 5

7 Top 5 Use Cases for Enterprise-Class CHAPTER 3 Depending on your requirements, consider moving the following types of workloads to the vcloud Government Service enterprise-class hybrid cloud. Test/QA/Development Satisfy developers need for an agile, dynamic environment to test and develop software applications. Provide self-service provisioning by IT consumers, plus visibility, look-back and chargeback capabilities for accountable resource allocation. Reduce test/qa environment cost to reflect its lower performance and availability requirements, while streamlining application portability between test and production environments. Examples: New application development and pre-production testing 6

8 Top 5 Use Cases for Enterprise-Class Packaged Application Hosting Migrate packaged applications to a secure hosted environment compatible with data center infrastructure, without having to re-architect and reconfigure the applications. Offload the hosting of standard packaged applications, such as and collaboration software, to enterprise-class hybrid cloud, to free up existing resources and staff for more value-added projects. Examples: , Collaboration Software and Data Analytics Backup/Archiving/ Storage Preclude service disruption in a single-site IT deployment. Avoid the prohibitive expense of replicating a full production environment to a second site run by core IT. Utilize a low-cost remote storage facility over a fully synchronized active/active site to be leveraged in the event of service disruption. Examples: Secondary backup and archiving site 7

9 Top 5 Use Cases for Enterprise-Class Enterprise IT/Outsourced Data Center Outsource data center functionality to an enterprise-class hybrid cloud. Support mission-critical applications in a cloud environment with high levels of security, compliance, performance and availability. Example: On-demand data center expansion There are a variety of workloads that can take advantage of the flexibility and elasticity of hybrid cloud, from development and testing to pre-production to production workloads. Web Hosting/Customer Service Support web and customer service applications that have variable resource requirements. Deploy applications in a cost-effective and scalable environment. Distribute web and customer service applications geographically across data centers to decrease latency and improve the end-user experience. Examples: 3-Tier Web Applications, Mobile Application Development and Content Delivery Solutions 8

10 CONCLUSION Getting Started Top 5 Considerations When Selecting an Enterprise-Class Provider As you contemplate migrating workloads along with your mission-critical and sensitive data to the cloud, be sure to develop a strategic approach based on your agency and IT objectives. Here are the top five considerations to keep in mind as you begin evaluating vcloud Government Service for migrating your workloads: Existing and new application support Security and compliance High availability Strong foundation Time to value 9

11 vcloud Government Service The Ready-to-Run Cloud With vcloud Government Service, you can support your existing workloads and third-party applications, as well as new application development. vcloud Government Service provides unified networking that spans between your existing and new data center capacity, common management and security, the same reliability and performance you expect from your internal data center, plus one central support number to call. vcloud Government Service will allow you to move to enterprise-class hybrid cloud with confidence for a faster path to cloud success and return on investment, while minimizing risk. No Surprises Runs on the existing internal data center infrastructure, extended to match the infrastructure on the outside Compatible Ability to manage both onsite and offsite environments the same way and dynamically scale without sacrificing applications, processes or hardware Versatile More than 3,700 certified applications run on VMware Reliable Built-in high availability, complete redundancy and end-to-end security and compliance Award-winning Support One central number to call for support VMware 10

12 How does enterprise-class hybrid cloud compare? What is best for you? vcloud Government Service provides a secure, compliant enterprise-class hybrid cloud solution to meet government customers requirements. DEDICATED CLOUD VIRTUAL PRIVATE CLOUD Your own private cloud instance physically isolated Fully private networking logically isolated Minimum Size: 120GB vram 30GHz vcpu Starts at: 6TB 50 Mbps allocated 1 Gbps burstable 3 Public IPs Minimum Size: 20GB vram 5GHz vcpu (burst to 10GHz) Starts at: 2TB 10 Mbps allocated 50 Gbps burstable 2 Public IPs Learn more about vcloud Government Service. Visit: Contact: VMware, Inc Hillview Avenue Palo Alto CA USA Tel Fax Copyright 2014 VMware, Inc. All rights reserved. This product is protected by U.S. and international copyright and intellectual property laws. VMware products are covered by one or more patents listed at VMware is a registered trademark or trademark of VMware, Inc. in the United States and/or other jurisdictions. All other marks and names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective companies. Item No: VMW_vCHS_HybridCloud_Top5Considerations 11

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