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The Right Mix (part 4): Optimize Your Right Mix


In the first three articles of this blog series, the right mix, I discussed the impetus for changing to a hybrid infrastructure, how to define your right mix and how to power your right mix. In this final article in the series, I’ll discuss how to optimize your right mix.

Helion_Social_Cards_EnterpriseUK_400x267_v6.jpgOptimizing your right mix is about having the tools in place to manage your hybrid environment that includes traditional IT, private cloud and public cloud. The foundation of any hybrid management is automation and orchestration. Enterprises are increasingly deploying automation and orchestration tools to become more agile, respond faster and minimize human error. Many organizations start by automating functions such as server or network provisioning, then moving on to provisioning databases, middleware and ultimately services.

A cloud management platform provides a self-service portal, service lifecycle management and access control. By adding a cloud management toolset on top of a virtualized environment, IT can enable users to order services without directly involving IT personnel, dramatically reducing the time to deliver IT services and freeing up administration resources to work on other projects. A cloud management platform can integrate with private and public clouds, allowing IT to become a cloud service broker, managing services from both public and private clouds with a single catalog.

The biggest concern enterprises typically have about adopting hybrid cloud architectures is security and compliance. Its important to design your hybrid environment with security capabilities built in from the start, not as add-ons. Securing sensitive data in use, in motion and at rest across your hybrid environment; protecting your underlying hybrid infrastructure from attacks; monitoring, detecting and responding to security threats across private cloud, public cloud and traditional IT; providing secure access management and ensuring your hybrid infrastructure meets government, industry and internal compliance regulations are particularly important security capabilities you must focus on when securing a hybrid infrastructure.

To ensure you’re not over-provisioned or under-provisioned, capacity management tools that monitor your resources usage are imperative. Performance management tools that can measure end to end application performance are important to ensure customer satisfaction. And cost management tools that provide visibility into the cost of services help you understand the expenses associated with each service.

Having a common framework of management tools and policies, based on open standards, for optimizing your hybrid infrastructure enables you to effectively manage your environment that includes traditional IT, private cloud and public cloud, migrate services from one cloud to another, manage your IT resources to maximize usage, and ensure your services are secure and compliant.

Employing and accelerating a hybrid infrastructure strategy that properly defines your right mix, powers your right mix and optimizes your right mix is the answer to remaining competitive and relevant. Those enterprises that effectively implement a hybrid IT strategy based on these three principles dramatically increase their odds of success.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has a full array of solutions to help you define, power and optimize your right mix of traditional IT, private cloud and traditional cloud. If you’re interested in seeing how your mix of traditional IT, private cloud and public cloud compares to your peers, try the Right Mix App. You can also download a report by 451 group about how enterprises are planning their hybrid infrastructure.

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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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