5-top-use-cases-for-vmware-and-the-hybrid-cloud

The hybrid cloud offers a number of benefits, making it a popular business solution: it provides on-demand access to IT resources when developing new software and applications and easy management of existing applications, as well. Many enterprises and large organizations turn to the VMware vCloud Hybrid Service for their hybrid cloud needs. Not only are most IT departments already familiar with working in VMware, but it offers a secure infrastructure that is critical in enterprise and organizational infrastructures.

What are some of the most common use cases for VMware and the hybrid cloud?

1. Using the Cloud for Storage and Backup

Use Cases for VMware

Whether you need affordable archiving or flexible storage capacity, the hybrid cloud is ideal for centralizing and securing data storage.

This use case is the most natural way to ease into the hybrid cloud. Using the hybrid cloud for storage and backup is an excellent way to centralize storage for easy access by all of your applications and users. vCloud Hybrid Service is built on vSphere, which handles all of the replication, VMware monitoring, and allocation of resources. It is ideal for structuring an environment that is tolerant of service disruptions due to connection issues or hardware glitches.

2. Moving Packaged Applications to the Hybrid Cloud

IT departments frequently have to contend with the frustration associated with on-demand capacity, especially during times of change. Relocating packaged applications to the hybrid cloud can solve this issue. Packaged applications like email and collaboration tools allow you to transfer those workloads without the need to write code or even deal with the hassle of reconfigurations. There are no additional security concerns, no loss of availability, and no degradation in performance. Plus, the users are already used to working with the apps in your own IT environment.

3. Moving E-Commerce & Websites to the Hybrid Cloud

Online commerce and retail shops are a natural fit in the cloud. You can empower dynamic resource allotment and assure that all compliance regulations are met. The hybrid cloud delivers security, is more cost-effective than managing websites and e-commerce sites via traditional in-house-only methods, and is powerfully scalable. The hybrid cloud allows for fast deployment of related applications and you can transfer your existing IT policies straight to the hybrid cloud.

4. Moving the Datacenter to the Hybrid Cloud

This is an extension of migrating your storage and backups to the hybrid cloud. Cloud-based data centers offer significant cost savings, as well as a centralized and more manageable infrastructure. You can also leverage the hybrid cloud to test out new data center structures and applications, such as building a data lake or creating a NoSQL database to undertake Big Data initiatives.

5. Moving Development & Testing Projects to the Hybrid Cloud

VMware and the Hybrid Cloud

The cloud is ideal for inexpensive, scalable, flexible, and secure development and testing environments.

Just as when trying out a new NoSQL database or testing out a data lake, the hybrid cloud is an inexpensive and highly flexible testing grounds. Using it as a testing and development platform eliminates that workload from your own IT environment, meaning your test projects aren’t competing for resources with your actual productive workloads.

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Use Case - Tamper-resistant Clinical Trials

Goal:

Blockchain PoCs were unsuccessful due to complexity and lack of developers.

Still the goal of data immutability as well as client verification is a crucial. Furthermore, the system needs to be easy to use and operate (allowing backup, maintenance windows aso.).

Implementation:

immudb is running in different datacenters across the globe. All clinical trial information is stored in immudb either as transactions or the pdf documents as a whole.

Having that single source of truth with versioned, timestamped, and cryptographically verifiable records, enables a whole new way of transparency and trust.

Use Case - Finance

Goal:

Store the source data, the decision and the rule base for financial support from governments timestamped, verifiable.

A very important functionality is the ability to compare the historic decision (based on the past rulebase) with the rulebase at a different date. Fully cryptographic verifiable Time Travel queries are required to be able to achieve that comparison.

Implementation:

While the source data, rulebase and the documented decision are stored in verifiable Blobs in immudb, the transaction is stored using the relational layer of immudb.

That allows the use of immudb’s time travel capabilities to retrieve verified historic data and recalculate with the most recent rulebase.

Use Case - eCommerce and NFT marketplace

Goal:

No matter if it’s an eCommerce platform or NFT marketplace, the goals are similar:

  • High amount of transactions (potentially millions a second)
  • Ability to read and write multiple records within one transaction
  • prevent overwrite or updates on transactions
  • comply with regulations (PCI, GDPR, …)


Implementation:

immudb is typically scaled out using Hyperscaler (i. e. AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure) distributed across the Globe. Auditors are also distributed to track the verification proof over time. Additionally, the shop or marketplace applications store immudb cryptographic state information. That high level of integrity and tamper-evidence while maintaining a very high transaction speed is key for companies to chose immudb.

Use Case - IoT Sensor Data

Goal:

IoT sensor data received by devices collecting environment data needs to be stored locally in a cryptographically verifiable manner until the data is transferred to a central datacenter. The data integrity needs to be verifiable at any given point in time and while in transit.

Implementation:

immudb runs embedded on the IoT device itself and is consistently audited by external probes. The data transfer to audit is minimal and works even with minimum bandwidth and unreliable connections.

Whenever the IoT devices are connected to a high bandwidth, the data transfer happens to a data center (large immudb deployment) and the source and destination date integrity is fully verified.

Use Case - DevOps Evidence

Goal:

CI/CD and application build logs need to be stored auditable and tamper-evident.
A very high Performance is required as the system should not slow down any build process.
Scalability is key as billions of artifacts are expected within the next years.
Next to a possibility of integrity validation, data needs to be retrievable by pipeline job id or digital asset checksum.

Implementation:

As part of the CI/CD audit functionality, data is stored within immudb using the Key/Value functionality. Key is either the CI/CD job id (i. e. Jenkins or GitLab) or the checksum of the resulting build or container image.

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