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Investing In an IT Consumption Model to Suit Your Business Needs



For a flexible IT environment that combines public cloud scalability with on-premises control over security and compliance, turn to HPE Flexible Capacity.

HPE Flexible Capacity_Cloud_blog.jpgFrom all the hype, it seems as though all workloads and applications are destined to one day be in the cloud. But can your business achieve flexibility and scalability in the cloud while also controlling costs, security, and compliance? With the cloud sparking a revolution in the IT industry, finding the answer to this question is critical.

Business leaders want a range of flexible IT environments to meet differing business needs. For some workloads, the public cloud may be the best choice. However, with all the constantly changing data-protection regulations, the real threat of data leakage, and the sophistication of today’s cybercriminals, many businesses are not comfortable going “all in” with public cloud platforms. Businesses with security and compliance concerns will likely consider on-premises data centers to be the better answer.

Many businesses want the best of both worlds. That means adopting a strategy that combines the benefits of the public cloud (flexibility and scalability) with the benefits of on-premises deployments (more control over security and compliance).

The challenges of balancing scalability and control in the cloud

In an attempt to achieve this mission, many businesses have adopted private cloud environments. Very little is known about the efficiency of capacity planning and management performance in private clouds. Are businesses managing their on-premises infrastructure so well that it has economic advantages over public cloud? Or are things so complicated that their private cloud is turning into a premium service?

To find the answers to these questions and to understand the challenges enterprises face when it comes to balancing scalability and control in private clouds, HPE commissioned 451 Research to conduct a survey of 500 IT decision-makers. Some of the findings are surprising:

  • 57% of enterprises say slow performance of their private cloud is a significant issue.
  • 50% suffer downtime as a result of poor capacity planning.
  • 59% wait three months or longer to add new capacity.
  • On average, enterprises over-provision compute resources by 59%.
  • Enterprises over-provision storage capacity by an average of 48%.

The survey also discovered that while many enterprises demand the security and control benefits associated with on-premises deployments, they struggle to efficiently manage their private cloud environments. They also struggle to balance private cloud capacity to try and keep spending to a minimum while still providing end users with access to all the resources they need.

A revolutionary paradigm for provisioning IT

The ultimate solution to this challenge lies in a revolutionary paradigm for provisioning IT services: an on-premises scalable infrastructure with a flexible IT cost model that’s less expensive than a self-managed private cloud.

HPE Flexible Capacity is an infrastructure service that offers on-demand capacity and combines the agility and economics of a public cloud with the security and performance of an on-premises IT infrastructure. In a TCO analysis of a typical enterprise scenario, 451 Research found HPE Flexible Capacity to be on par with public cloud platforms and 29% less expensive than a self-managed private cloud.

The solution brings pay-as-you go economics and flexibility to on-premises IT so your business can scale up or down to rapidly support changing business needs:

  • On-Premises IT—HPE owns and supports your choice of on-premises equipment.
  • Consumption Payment Model—Metered usage enables you to pay for what you use; access to self-service reporting helps you forecast future demand to align cash flow to actual capacity usage.
  • Scalable IT Infrastructure—On-site buffer allows you to quickly scale up capacity when needed and avoid spending on unused capacity

HPE supports our Flexible Capacity solutions with a dedicated support team, which acts as an extension of your IT team. We help you plan your future needs and operate your hybrid IT environment on a day-to-day basis.

Essential for digital transformation

To find out how your business can invest in a consumption-based IT model that suits your business needs and combines the public-cloud experience with the benefits of on-premises IT-on-demand, check out the white paper, HPE Flexible Capacity provides a path to Hybrid IT. And hear Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights and Strategy explain why a Hybrid IT approach is essential for digital transformation.


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Scott is the VP of Consumption & Managed Services. He has worked in a variety of strategy, supply chain and finance roles. He is based out of Scotland in the UK.