Originally posted on VMware Blogs by Dave Wolpert

IT is no stranger to complexity. Before the exponential growth of cloud, organizations struggled to manage an ever-expanding footprint of servers, network devices and storage arrays, which made managing a data center a complexity nightmare. The solution was a layer of abstraction called virtualization, which created Infrastructure-as-a-Service and simplified the chaos through automation. But in today’s siloed multi-cloud world, complexity is back. The answer, once again, is abstraction.

Competing priorities have led companies to rely on multiple cloud providers, each with their own unique set of capabilities and challenges—often making a consistent and cohesive IT strategy unmanageable. Enter the next round of abstraction.

In the same way virtualization changed the game for physical IT infrastructure, a new layer of abstraction establishes one unified, consistent architecture across cloud environments. Now, developers and operators can seamlessly move workloads to various clouds, build and modernize apps, and empower a remote workforce—all while controlling costs and ensuring security.

As Amanda Blevins, the vice president and CTO for VMware in the Americas shares,

“This is what reducing complexity in the multi-cloud era looks like. Your developers deploy applications faster. Your operators have the ability to manage, secure and observe Kubernetes in the cloud, and your business runs at a sustainable cost.”

Learn more about how the VMware Cross-Cloud™ services portfolio creates a layer of abstraction to enable organizations to realize the full benefits of a multi-cloud environment, without the complexity.