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The Right Mix (part 3): Power your Right Mix

Ken_Won

In the first and second articles of this blog series, the Right Mix, I discussed the impetus for changing to a hybrid infrastructure and how to define your Right Mix. In this part I’ll discuss how to power your Right Mix.


In the past, enterprises deployed their services on a traditional IT environment. Today, as IT considers architectures for new apps, they need to move towards a hybrid infrastructure by adding private cloud and public cloud. A private cloud is a great place to start. Since many enterprises are already highly virtualized, deploying a private cloud is a natural next step. By adding automation and a self-service catalog to a virtualized environment, you now have a private cloud.


Helion_Social_Cards_EnterpriseUK_400x267_v6.jpgA key factor to consider when planning your private cloud is the underlying technology. Today, enterprises mostly use VMware because that’s what they use for their virtualized environment. But many are starting to use OpenStack, an open source cloud platform. A recent report by IDC says by 2018, over 60% of enterprises will embrace open source and open APIs as the underpinning for their cloud. HPE is a leading contributor to OpenStack and offers an OpenStack distribution, HPE Helion OpenStack.


Your right mix should also include public cloud. Microsoft Azure and Amazon AWS are good choices to start with. HPE recently announced a strategic partnership with Microsoft stating Microsoft is HPE’s preferred public cloud partner. HPE also announced the HPE Hyper Converged System for Microsoft,  an integrated platform that enables customers to deploy a Microsoft Azure private cloud. Last year, HPE purchased Eucalyptus which allows enterprises to deploy an AWS satellite cloud. This is an ideal solution for enterprises that like using AWS APIs but want to deploy some of their services on a private cloud. Both these offerings enable enterprises to deploy hybrid clouds, integrating industry leading public clouds with HPE’s private cloud solution, #HPEHelion CloudSystem.


Some enterprises like the pay-as-you-go pricing model of a public cloud, but don’t want to use a public cloud for security or compliance reasons. For them, a managed private cloud gives them the best of both worlds, a secure environment that they pay for based on demand. HPE Helion Managed Cloud services offer an array of cloud-based services.


Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has a full array of solutions to help you power your right mix. If you’re interested in figuring out your Right Mix, try the Right Mix App. And watch for the fourth and last article in this series, where I’ll talk about optimizing your right mix.

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About the Author

Ken_Won

Ken Won is the Director of Cloud Solutions Marketing at HPE. He is responsible for marketing the HPE Helion brand and HPE cloud solutions. Before joining HPE, Ken spent over 20 years in the high tech. industry at companies such as Sun Microsystems, Silicon Graphics, AMD and Force10 Networks. Ken has a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of California, Santa Barbara and an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University.

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