How hybrid infrastructure fuels IT velocity

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In today’s economy, IT departments’ success often hinges on the ability to turn ideas into innovative applications and services faster than the competition. It’s a tough challenge, given the rigidity and complexity of many data centers. So it’s not surprising that businesses of all sizes are looking for infrastructure that’s faster, simpler and more maneuverable.

The search is complicated by the need to support two separate and conflicting operating models. First, there’s the traditional applications that are critical to the business – enterprise resource planning, on-line transaction processing, databases – with SLAs and objectives defined around reliability and stability. These keep-the-lights-on applications typically consume most of IT’s spend. IT is tasked with reducing their operational cost and complexity, improving efficiency, and above all else, keeping them running.

Second, there’s the new generation of mobile, social, and cloud-native apps that fuel business growth. These create a new set of demands for IT that focus around speed and time-to-value, adding complexity to IT environments that were already struggling with workload-specific hardware platforms, resource silos and disparate processes.

Line of business owners are technology-agnostic, and they’re perfectly happy to go to outside infrastructure-as-a-service vendors if IT can’t meet their needs. So what’s the way forward?

Going hybrid – finding the best fit

Your business is looking for public-cloud-like convenience and speed – things you’d be hard pressed to provide with incremental changes. So why not just let users go to the public cloud? Well, with the cloud, you gain convenience and speed, but you lose some degree of control over risk and cost. Not all workloads are well suited to the cloud; applications that process financial data, for example, just aren’t a good fit. Many businesses with concerns around compliance and data security are hesitant to turn to the cloud.

A robust alternative is a hybrid approach – one that delivers the right mix of public cloud, private cloud, and traditional IT in a mixed infrastructure controlled from a single management interface. This approach recognizes that there’s a “best fit” platform for every workload, depending on performance, cost, and risk requirements.

Companies looking to move to a hybrid model should consider these technologies:

Hyperconverged infrastructure. These systems bringing together compute, storage, networking and virtualization capabilities in a single appliance. An easy-to-use software management layer means that hyperconverged systems can be deployed very quickly, and they’re straightforward to monitor and manage. Hyperconverged solutions are especially well-suited to deployment at branch offices and remote locations, and for use cases such as client virtualization and private clouds. While some hyperconverged systems require a different infrastructure for physical and SAN-attached applications – meaning there are still management silos associated with these systems – that’s not the case with Hewlett Packard Enterprise Hyper Converged systems.

Composable infrastructure. This new category of infrastructure eliminates resource silos by turning compute, storage and networking into fluid pools of resources that can be provisioned on-demand for the needs of a specific workload, and then released back into the pool when no longer needed. Composable infrastructure delivers true programmability via a software-defined intelligence that governs all of the resources. A unified API enables you to provision hardware and applications with a single line of code.

DevOps developers can leverage the unified API to “compose” infrastructure as code. Provisioning is template-driven and fully automated, enabling physical, virtual, container, and bare metal deployments on demand from the resource pool. A composable infrastructure can reduce the time needed to deploy new compute, storage and fabric assets from days or weeks to minutes. You can learn about HPE Synergy, Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s first instantiation of composable infrastructure, here.

The gear for speed

Hybrid infrastructure is the new reality for IT, providing an effective bridge from traditional IT to the digital enterprise. The right strategy can give your team the ability to deliver change at the speed of business, instead of struggling to keep up.

Learn more about the many ways Hewlett Packard Enterprise can help you transform to a hybrid infrastructure and achieve cloud velocity without compromising traditional IT predictability.


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