On premises… in the cloud… or both… Hybrid IT for SMBs!

You probably have SMB customers asking about the cloud. Maybe they’re wondering if they should move their workloads to the cloud, or if an on-premises solution is best for their IT. Did you know that It doesn’t have to be one OR the other, on-premises OR the cloud…

“Fortunately, there is a happy, productive, cost-effective, and secure middle ground that straddles the cloud and your traditional approach to IT.  This middle ground  — dubbed hybrid IT  — is quickly emerging as the new normal for enterprise IT departments. Hybrid IT combines the right mix of traditional IT and the public cloud to meet your business and IT goals, so you can integrate new technologies where needed and maintain legacy systems where appropriate.” – SMB Hybrid IT for Dummies®


Combining cloud with on-premises IT brings unparalleled flexibility and scalability to your customers’ businesses. The HPE-Microsoft partnership delivers a comprehensive portfolio designed to protect your customer’s digital enterprise, empower and synergize organizations, and help transform their hybrid infrastructure. Combining HPE Gen10 servers with Windows Server 2016 from HPE offers a one-stop solution for enhanced security, simplified management, and advanced compute performance.


Windows Server 2016 brings cloud-ready and hybrid-cloud capabilities to the data center, giving customers the platform they need to gain and maintain competitive advantage and drive business value. Improvements to management capabilities, networking, storage, and security options give customers the added flexibility needed to meet ever-changing business requirements. Additional platform features, such as Windows Server Containers and Hyper-V Containers increase application, speed, agility, and further bolster security. Some features unique to Datacenter edition include an Azure-optimized software defined networking, storage enhancements such as Storage Spaces Direct, and Storage Replica, and Shielded Virtual Machines. The Standard edition continues to provide the core functionality of Windows Server, including up to two instances of Hyper-V or Hyper-V Containers (for unlimited VMs and Hyper-V Containers, customers will require Datacenter). Both, Standard and Datacenter editions include unlimited Windows Server Containers. 

Want to learn more about Hybrid IT?
Download SMB Hybrid IT for Dummies, this book can help you understand both sides of the hybrid IT equation and how HPE can help organizations transform their IT operations and save time and money in the process. 

Want to learn more about Hybrid IT for SMBs?
Read “Why hybrid IT is just right for small and midsize businesses

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