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5 Ways to Leave your Data Center Worries Behind



Remember this old Paul Simon song?

     "It's really not my habit to intrude

     Furthermore, I hope my meaning won't be lost or misconstrued

     But I'll repeat myself at the risk of being crude

     There must be fifty ways to leave your lover

This song brought to mind the emotional relationship that businesses have with their data center infrastructure. Of course, we can’t simply give up and leave today’s aging IT infrastructures, despite the extravagant claims we hear from advocates of public cloud, but it would be great if we could wave goodbye to the hassles that come with aging hardware. 

The good news is you can go a long way in that direction by modernizing your data center server infrastructure. A cost analysis and targeted investment strategy is a good start. While 50 ways is pushing it a bit, here are five things that can deliver big returns:

1. Make a new plan, Stan

One of the best starting points for any data center modernization initiative is to make a new plan for your Oracle and SAP database infrastructure. Oracle is mission-critical for every business that uses it, but it can be resource intensive and very expensive. Many businesses run their Oracle suites on older, proprietary scale-out platforms. Moving to scale-up x86 architecture can significantly boost Oracle performance while making a dramatic impact on costs through lower licensing fees and more effective management. Your licensing and support savings can go a long way toward covering the cost of the infrastructure, making it easier to justify an upgrade.

A similar strategy can be a boon to SAP users, too. The release of S/4 HANA and the move towards in-memory databases promises to unleash a whole new world of functionality for businesses, but only if you have the infrastructure to support it.

2. You don’t need to be coy, Roy

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There’s no reason to be shy about the need to communicate better. Most data centers strain to support the demands of always-on global business. With users distributed around the world, you need a plan that supports global digital collaboration. Skype for Business offers an all-in-one communications and collaboration solution that can accelerate business, but many fear the strain of Voice-over-IP (VOIP), video, web conferencing, and instant messaging on their aging infrastructure. You’ll need a tested solution that can handle all of that communications data in one integrated system without bottlenecks. Start by looking at a proven architecture for Microsoft Skype for Business.

3. Just drop off the key, Lee

Security and resilience are key to worry-free IT. Maybe your data center runs your business’s critical applications well enough, but system outages are a veritable inevitability, and the costs can be catastrophic. IDC estimates the average cost-per-outage at roughly $2.5 million, but that doesn’t factor in less tangible losses like damage to reputation and lost customer confidence. Get yourself free of that worry by implementing an enterprise-class continuity solution that will deliver the highest levels of availability, system-wide security, and massive scalability.

4. Get on the bus, Gus

It’s time to jump on the big data storage bus. Big Data is here and only getting bigger while the Internet of Things continues to heat up. This data flood threatens to overwhelm already strained storage resources, and much of this data is unstructured and doesn’t fit traditional block-and-file schemes. You can keep struggling with your old system or leave it all behind with server-based, object storage solutions, software-defined storage, and flash technology. Move on to a reference architecture for an on-premises hybrid cloud solution that can keep up with today’s data volumes. 

Capturing and storing all of your data successfully doesn’t matter at all if you can’t get meaningful insights from that data. If your data center can’t run real-time analytics, you aren’t storing data, you’re hoarding it. To get insights that matter, you’ll need a high-performance, density-optimized platform to accelerate business insight and enable better business decisions. The HPE Apollo platform offers a cost-effective foundation for high performance computing solutions that scale to petabyte-sized deployments.

5. Just get yourself free

Yes, there’s a way to free your data center from rigid IT systems that don’t provide the agility required to support today’s business demands. Win your freedom with software-defined and secure, hybrid IT architectures that give you the control of on-premises IT with the agility of a public cloud environment. According to IDC, over half of all enterprise workloads will be deployed on private or hybrid cloud architecture by the end of 2016, and with good reason. Businesses are making the shift to accelerate service delivery and provide a better user experience while also cutting costs. Not all workloads should be moved to a cloud environment, however, especially when it comes to some of your mission critical workloads with special compliance requirements. Each workload has to be assessed for suitability. To get it right, you will want a partner with experience in all aspects of hybrid cloud strategy and deployment. HPE can provide the right infrastructure and the proven expertise with best practices and automation tools to make sure your private cloud deployment goes smoothly, helping you securely migrate your applications to the right mix of cloud environments.

These are just a few of the ways that you can get yourself free from the limitations of your current data center infrastructure. There are more strategies to explore, and you can find them on the Data Center Modernization website. These strategies can be like a bridge over troubled water, to ease your mind…Sorry, I just couldn’t resist another Paul Simon lyric.


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About the Author


Susan Blocher is the Vice President Global Marketing for Hewlett Packard Enterprise Data Center Infrastructure, including Servers, Storage, Data Center Networking, and the Communications Solutions Business. As the global leader of the HPE Data Center Infrastructure Marketing team, Susan is responsible for building and executing an end-to-end marketing strategy encompassing: strategic marketing and demand generation activities, portfolio positioning, and customer-centric solutions for the HPE Data Center Infrastructure portfolio. Under Susan’s leadership, the organization will drive value-based business outcomes to customers and partners to address their data center objections with agility and flexibility.