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Hybrid cloud keeps human capital management firm nimble

Ceridian is betting on hybrid cloud, network virtualization and automation as it aims to improve IT service delivery, weed out inefficiencies and bolster security.

The human capital management (HCM) company recently completed its transition to a cloud architecture, shuttering its on-premises data centers and migrating its applications and back-office systems to multiple clouds. “We are a true consumer of hybrid cloud technology,” says CIO Warren Perlman. “We have operations in both [VMware Cloud on AWS] as well as native AWS, and also native Azure.”

“In our private cloud operations, which is in partnership with a third party, we run the VMware suite,” Perlman says. That includes VMware tools such as NSX-T software-defined networking and security platform; VMware Cloud on AWS, a jointly engineered service that runs the VMware software-defined data center stack in the AWS public cloud; vRealize multi-cloud management technology; and AppDefense, an endpoint security product that protects applications running in virtualized environments.

The cloud is also integral to Ceridian’s product development strategy; the company’s flagship Dayforce HCM platform, which combines human resources, payroll, benefits and workforce management capabilities, was built entirely in the cloud. “It’s been in the cloud since day one in a private cloud environment,” Perlman says.

Ceridian’s future cloud plans are both pragmatic and forward-looking: “Continue to take advantage of the newest, latest, and greatest technologies,” Perlman says.

That includes cloud capabilities such as autoscalability with redundancy and failover that’s built in natively, including the ability to migrate between cloud providers to ensure optimal availability, which translates into 99.999% uptime. “You have an Azure-AWS active-type scenario where you can failover from one mega-cloud provider to the other so that you really, truly get to a five-nines architecture,” Perlman says.

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