One of the things I learned in elementary school math class was the transitive property of equality. This property has been a boon to me in arguments about why I should or shouldn’t have to do something: Going to dentist = stress, stress = high cholesterol, high cholesterol = death, thus Going to dentist = death!
It all makes sense, right??
When it comes to choosing software and infrastructure solutions, you want the ability to make choices that meet the growing demands of your business and employees. You want to know that a solution or vendor you choose at one time will not lock you in to decisions in the future. You want to know that you will always have the ability to choose the right solution – any solution – for your business.
At Citrix we believe that Any delivers Business Value:
Any = Choice, Choice = Business Value, thus Any = Business Value.
We focus on this “any” strategy when providing customers our leading virtualization, networking and mobility solutions. This means that customers can choose their own hypervisor, server, storage, network, cloud and more. By enabling customers to choose how they deploy our solutions and making it easy for them to change that deployment, Citrix customers can focus on:
- Delivering the highest performance and best experience: No single app or service is the same, so its underlying infrastructure shouldn’t be either. IT organizations need the ability to choose how and where a particular app is deployed and know that they have the flexibility to change that deployment later. For example, an organization may want to deploy a 3D graphics app from a specialized cloud or their own datacenter with more robust server infrastructure while at the same time deploying a collaboration app to various public cloud locations so that it is close to its users. By offering customers the ability to choose where each service is deployed, IT can make the right performance decision for that service.
- Ensuring compliance and providing the best security: There are regulations around everything, including where apps are run and data is stored. Given this, IT organizations must be able to control where these workloads reside. The most common example of this are regulations, like HIPAA, FIPS and Common Criteria, that dictate how data and associated app workloads be stored or encrypted. There are others, like country specific mandates in Germany that dictate certain types of data cannot leave country borders. By providing customers with choice of where to put their services, IT can make the right security, regulatory compliance, and data privacy decisions for their business.
- Achieving the lowest cost without compromise: IT organizations are always being asked to do more with less. The challenge to date has been that an economics-based infrastructure decision for one service may be the wrong decision for another. What organizations need is the ability to leverage resources they have and add or supplement those with infrastructure decisions that are best for a new service or business change. For example, an organization may have an enterprise agreement with VMware and want to use their vSphere licenses for all new services added to their datacenter to not incur a new cost. Alternatively, an organization may decide vSphere is too expensive and that they slowly want to migrate to Microsoft Hyper-V, XenServer or Nutanix Acropolis for new services. Or, this same organization may decide that for low value apps, moving to Microsoft Azure or Amazon Web Services is the best decision so they don’t have to incur the capital costs of the infrastructure at all. Regardless, what organizations need is the flexibility to make that choice with the knowledge that their solutions will just work. And work well.
So, you may be wondering how this relates to VMware math.
For the past couple of years, VMware has been telling us about how you really only need ONE cloud. Which made sense, and they clearly told us that one = vSphere. Now, they’re claiming they support “Any Cloud,” or private datacenters, or converged infrastructure, so they support “any.” That appears to be accurate, so long as each cloud, datacenter, or converged infrastructure has vSphere. Therefore, vSphere = Any.
Now you can see how VMware math works: One = vSphere, vSphere = Any, thus One = Any
So … why only one? We live in a world where business value matters and choice and control are paramount. No one wants to be forced into one infrastructure and forfeit the performance, security and cost benefits of choice. Don’t let VMware set your limits and lock you in. Get the power of choice. Get the power of ANY.