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Dear Datacenter, a special gift for you ...

Susan_Blocher

It’s the perfect gift for the IT department in your life: a data center modernization initiative.

Every so often an opportunity rolls around to do something special for your core IT assets, and in the process bring a little joy to the business at large. And let’s face it, many data centers could use a bit of revitalization to help them flourish in the new world of big data, mobility, cloud, modern storage options, and a host of other infrastructure innovations that have swept into IT in recent years.

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Of course, any modernization effort will need to pay close attention to the business processing applications and systems of record that form the core of traditional IT – databases, enterprise resource planning, customer relationship management. Some of these may be getting a bit creaky under pressure of growing transaction volumes and rising end-user expectations. But in addition, IT departments are feeling pressure to develop new services and applications that increase business agility and open up new revenue opportunities. Ignoring the realities of the new digital economy could lead to a loss of competitive edge.

Top 4 high-value picks for data center modernization
So what can you do with an infrastructure refresh? Here are my top four picks. And by the way, we’ve put together a tool kit of best-practices guides to help you tackle every one of these projects, understand how they can empower your organization, and build the business case for datacenter modernization. You can read an executive overview and register for the best-practices guides here.

1. While it is true the universe embraces chaos, don’t let that be your approach for deciding which applications move to a private cloud, a public cloud or stay on traditional compute platforms. Balancing your business needs for speed and agility, with data security, application control and latency is worth dedicating some time to evaluate. Moving to a pay-as-you-go model for your infrastructure can reduce upfront costs considerably. If you prefer to keep direct control of your data, a private cloud can provide the same agility and accelerated service delivery that the public cloud offers, but with all the security and compliance advantages of an on-premises infrastructure. Register for the Application Migration to On-Premises Cloud guide to learn more.

2. Add a bit of muscle to your business-critical applications. For many organizations, SAP business processing applications, such as customer resource management and enterprise resource planning, are the core of IT. When their performance lags, the business feels the pinch. A modernization project could help your data center take advantage of SAP HANA’s in-memory database, designed for real-time business insight and decision support. Looking a little further ahead, it could help you get ready for the switch to SAP S/4HANA, a completely redesigned business processing application that leverages in-memory database processing (support for SAP’s R/3 and Business Suite products will end in 2025). For more information, download Modernize Your SAP Business Processing Applications.

3. Dip your toes in the big data pool. Profitable business insight starts with data, which is why more and more organizations are taking advantage of innovations in compute platforms that make Big Data processing more efficient. And they’re already seeing great results; the Big Data guide in the series mentioned above tells how they’re doing it, and describes some emerging best practices: Transforming Big Data into Profitable Business Insight.

4. Get ready for the petabyte party. Yes, the petabytes are heading your way, if they haven’t already arrived. As unstructured data continues to surge into the enterprise, many will respond by building content depots for object storage. The advantage over other storage architectures are clear: It’s a highly scalable, relatively inexpensive way to handle vast amounts of data. Learn best practices for object storage initiatives and how they can “bring the cloud home” in our guide Managing Data at Petabyte Scale with Object Storage. Register to learn more.

What infrastructure refresh project is your organization planning this year? Drop a note in the comment box below and let’s get a conversation going.

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Susan_Blocher

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.