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Making hybrid cloud work for your apps

Many organizations today are looking to move to the cloud to take advantage of on-demand agility, cloud-based elasticity, and as-a-service consumption. But the cloud is not one-size-fits all, and oftentimes organizations wind up with multiple clouds supporting diverse workload requirements. That just adds to the complexity of managing disparate infrastructure that spans from edge to cloud.

hybrid-cloud_HPE-Cloud-Volumes_blog.pngInstead of dealing with the complexities of a “cloud-first” approach, many data-driven companies need to move to a “cloud everywhere” approach. The latter is a data-centric strategy that envisions application lifecycles leveraging every cloud, depending on where an application’s data needs to be.

Both on-premises infrastructure and the public cloud are optimized for different aspects of a typical application lifecycle. For example – if you are given easy data mobility and unified data management, you can unlock use cases to get the best of both worlds. An on-premises infrastructure is highly resilient and provides faster systems for customers who are performance sensitive. It also gives customers more control over their data, with more predictable costs. On the other hand, many customers leverage the public cloud for its developer-friendly access and limitless compute resources.

Understanding that both on-premises infrastructure and the public cloud have their advantages, the smart play is to have a “cloud everywhere” solution that harnesses both on-prem and the cloud – with consistent advanced data services – to support each stage of your applications lifecycle. Your cloud everywhere strategy demands a hybrid cloud solution that gives you the option to move your on-premises data and applications to the cloud and back again without egress costs to deliver better – and faster – business outcomes and innovation. 

Let’s dig a little deeper and see how a cloud everywhere approach supports the typical application lifecycle.

Development and testing

We begin with development and testing. When developers are working to create an application, they need to spin up resources quickly on-demand. With the rise of CI/CD pipelines and DevOps practices, IT teams work to deliver code changes frequently and reliably through automated processes.   

HPE Cloud Volumes has a powerful API for developers to dynamically facilitate persistent volume provisioning, and to then expand or clone volumes, or take snapshots of data for reuse. With the ability to safely and non-disruptively attach pre-populated clones of production datasets to either CI/CD systems or MLOps workflows, developers dramatically increase productivity, quality, and confidence in tests and training models. And governance by performance policies and capacity constraints dictated by the IT organization control costs and available resources, increasing collaboration and shortening lead times between tests, and result in improved business outcomes. 

It also provides persistent storage for modern or legacy apps and features a complete container ecosystem integration with the HPE CSI Driver for Kubernetes.  Developers can use the cloud for their development and testing needs while keeping their data secure in HPE Cloud Volumes.

Production

Once the application has been developed and tested, it’s time to move to production.  If you want to run your application in the cloud, you’ll need cloud infrastructure with a track record of six-nines of data availability and ultra-low latency performance – all without time-consuming and complex application refactoring. When you’re ready to bring your application on-premises, you should be able to lift and shift your application without egress fees. 

HPE provides an enterprise cloud for your data that has the same advanced data services that you would expect on-premises, from business-critical reliability to high performance and low latency. One can quickly and easily provision dynamically-scalable storage in the cloud to meet any need and availability requirement, even configuring HA clusters to maintain uptime in the event of component failures.

If you want to move an application on-premise, say for better cost control, data governance, VDI, etc., then you can leverage HPE Nimble Storage dHCI. Applications can be easily lifted and shifted from HPE Cloud Volumes back on-premises without egress fees. Equipped with the AI-driven power of HPE InfoSight, HPE Nimble Storage dHCI gives organizations simplified virtualized environments with fast application performance, always-on data resiliency, and resource efficiency. With HPE Nimble Storage dHCI, organizations get cloud agility on-premises for their applications at-scale, while keeping costs manageable.

hybrid-cloud_HPE-Cloud-Volumes2_blog.pngData Protection

With your data and applications at the heart of your organization, you need to ensure your data is protected, recoverable, and accessible for secondary use cases. Every application has a different SLA, so it’s important to leverage a backup strategy that addresses the varying backup requirements. A cloud everywhere solution should protect your application across every SLA, from rapid recovery to long term retention, either on-premises or in the cloud, depending on your business requirements.

Workloads and applications that require extremely low RTOs and RPO can deploy an on-premises backup appliance such as HPE StoreOnce, delivered as-a-cloud service through HPE GreenLake. HPE StoreOnce delivers rapid recovery, and effortless scale from small, remote offices to the largest enterprises and service providers, with a reduced footprint and lower backup costs. Customers can see has high as 20:1 deduplication rations resulting in high data efficiency[1].

With HPE Cloud Volumes Backup, you can back up to the cloud, as-a-true cloud native service with nothing to manage, in less than five minutes – without changing existing backup policies or workflows. This provides a secure, offsite backup target that’s invisible to ransomware due to the highly secure HPE Catalyst protocol. Backing up to HPE Cloud Volumes is efficient, as it includes source-side deduplication and compression for up to 95% less bandwidth usage and transfer costs[2]. Plus, organizations are only charged for consumed capacity in the cloud.

Backups can be flexibly restored either on-prem, without egress fees, or to HPE Cloud Volumes Block, to activate your secondary data in the public cloud for a variety of use cases.

Analytics

Now that your application is running and protected, it’s important to gather insights and make sense of your data, which leads to the last stage of the application lifecycle: Analytics. The public cloud is a popular destination for analytics as organizations can leverage the various analytics services from hyperscalers processes and instant limitless compute resources. Therefore, organizations need to flexibly make their production (and protected) workloads accessible to drive analytics workflows. 

Here’s how to gain those capabilities: customers can replicate their on-premises data to HPE Cloud Volumes Block and then use a hyperscaler (Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform) compute and analytics service to run analysis on the dataset. This supports a multi-cloud strategy; with your data stored in HPE Cloud Volumes, it can be accessed by any hyperscaler through APIs with no cloud lock-in. This means no complex data migrations when working in multiple clouds. 

If you’re already leveraging HPE Cloud Volumes Backup, you can simply recover to HPE Cloud Volumes Block and any hyperscaler compute to analyze on a cadence dictated by the needs of the application. 

HPE Storage supports your applications’ lifecycle

Data is at the core of your applications. And as you look at the lifecycle of your applications, it’s important to think about how you can leverage hybrid cloud – and what that means for your data. We see this as a “cloud everywhere” strategy. It’s a strategy that brings seamless data mobility across multiple clouds. From development and testing, all the way to analytics and data protection, make sure your data can be seamlessly moved wherever the need is.

Look to HPE to deploy a cloud everywhere strategy that gives you the agility to leverage every cloud to power your business’ innovation. From HPE Nimble Storage dHCI to HPE Cloud Volumes, delivered as-a-service with HPE GreenLake, we have the right solution for your application and data – no matter what stage of the lifecycle they’re in. 

[1] From StoreOnce, assuming dedupe ratio of 20:1 as compared to a fully hydrated backup; https://h20195.www2.hpe.com/v2/GetDocument.aspx?docname=C04328ENW#

[2] Assuming deduplication ratio of 20:1 as compared to a fully hydrated backup

Jenna 2018.jpgMeet HPE Blogger Jenna Colleran. Jenna is an HPE Storage Product Marketing Manager. Connect with Jenna on LinkedIn.

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