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Move to the new style of business with Hybrid IT

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Guest post by Gouri Chandramouli,

Outbound Marketing Manager- Workload and Cloud Solutions

 

Cloud computing has reached a new state of maturity. Infrastructure is no longer a means to an end. Instead, IT leaders first must consider their business objectives—speed to market, cost and flexibility. Then create a plan spanning the full range of delivery models, from traditional data center, to private, virtual private, managed, public or a combination of any or all.

 

Within this hybrid IT ecosystem, this new way of thinking about IT revolves around workloads, defined as a combination of applications, data and operating systems. Workloads are the new “currency” of cloud, prompting IT leaders to think about their cloud mix beyond the pure platform. Workloads have their own sets of characteristics that must be considered before selecting the right cloud platform for the project. To align their workload with the right cloud solutions, an IT leader must consider:

 

  1. Business requirements- Let your enterprise needs define the platform. This is the instead of allowing the platform to dictate how to run your enterprise. Consider factors such as security and compliance, data privacy and sovereignty, financial strategy, service level agreements (SLA) and general infrastructure requirements.
  2. Workloads- Let your applications define the configuration. Think about what tasks you perform every day, week, month, or in real time. Application development, standard payroll processing, hosted email, massive data mining efforts and real-time e-commerce all must be thoroughly understood and prioritized in any cloud migration approach. Applications have their own lifecycle- it just be time to retire a legacy app, keep it in a traditional data center or think about refactoring the code to bring it up to cloud standards.

 

 

As enterprises enter into this hybrid ecosystem, the dilemma of navigating the confusing and complexity of managing multiple cloud providers and services grows exponentially. What might have started as a single cloud project has exponentially expanded into a compendium of multiple cloud service providers, isolated data centers and internal servers and staff, all operating independently with little to no oversight. Like most enterprises, IT services have incrementally moved to the cloud, but enterprise level security, oversight and management may not have made the migration.

To move beyond a landscape of isolated cloud models, many CIOS opt to bring in a brokering capability that will give a single view of IT financials, service governance, and security across multiple cloud providers. A managed cloud broker solution eliminates islands of IT inefficiency through automation, giving control back to the enterprise IT organization.

 

With a broker model, an IT leader can reduce costs, manage “IT sprawl” and use resources more efficiently while meeting the stringent security and compliance needs of both commercial and public sector enterprises. The broker platform gives leaders governance over a collection of varied IT service efficiencies by providing an integrated picture of IT spending, service provisioning and internal usage patterns.

 

Such an open and portable service eliminates the “rogue IT” services that often plague large organizations, and improves SLA compliance across multiple providers. Vendor “lock-in” can be avoided by choosing the right service for the appropriate workload, without regard for service, platform, technology or vendor.

 

As the pace of IT modernization increases, there is a growing need to manage the balance of rapid innovation, bringing new or up-to-date services to market quickly, while ensuring that those services are secure and reliable. The market is moving toward a hybrid environment, one that relies less on bare metal infrastructure and more on transformational services to bring governance, order, security and financial management to enterprise IT organizations.

 

To better understand how HP addresses these topics, we hope will join us at HP Discover Las Vegas and register for the following sessions:

 

DT1208: Its’ all about the Workload: Why Hybrid?

 

And DT1209: Hybrid environments can be unwieldy! Gain control of your clouds with HP Helion Managed Cloud Broker

 

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