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Work wonders with workloads: 4 use cases

Rebecca Taylor

It was about this time last year, that we saw a flurry of industry press articles about “comatose servers,” machines that take up space and consume power in the data center while totally failing to pull their weight. Not that it was exactly breaking news that IT shops have lots of hardware (and software, for that matter) sitting around under-utilized, but the sheer size of the problem uncovered by researchers was pretty astounding.


According to one Forbes article that covered the research, 30% of physical servers were found to be comatose—defined as those that had not delivered data or computer services in six months or more!


The quest for data center efficiency can’t ignore this under-utilization problem. And server sprawl is not the only issue confronting efficiency efforts. Containing VM proliferation can be a challenge. Infrastructure management tools, too, have a tendency to proliferate out of control, adding to the complexity.

Start by considering your workloads

A good way to start planning for a less wasteful, more cost-effective infrastructure is by considering your key workloads—both physical and virtual—how they’re distributed and how they can be supported more effectively. A new e-book from ActualTech Media helps you do just that. It provides a quick overview of some key workloads and explains how HPE BladeSystem and HPE OneView can help you address your toughest workload challenges, while at the same time making IT more flexible and reducing costs. You can register to download the e-book Data Center Workload Buyers Guide: Running a More Efficient Data Center for Your Most Demanding Workloads with HPE BladeSystem.

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4 workloads that are ripe for optimization

The Buyers Guide looks at four specific use cases for workload optimization:

  1. Server virtualization. The huge success of virtualization in recent years hasn’t been achieved entirely without new challenges. Learn what those are, and why HPE BladeSystem is a perfect choice for hosting server virtualization. You may also want to check out this short video: Optimize your virtualization workloads for faster IT service delivery.

  2. Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). While poor performance and disappointing user experience have plagued many early VDI initiatives, the technology has made significant strides. With the right architecture and infrastructure, VDI can live up to its early promise of freeing users from their desks, and can now support data-intensive uses like 3D graphics. The Buyers Guide explains the four general categories of desktop user and how to make the right choice of server blade to meet their needs. For more on VDI, see my post Desktops without desks: choosing the right infrastructure for VDI.

  3. Database consolidation. Databases are the core of many mission-critical systems, yet over the years, as ActualTech Media notes, “many businesses have created database systems that have become islands unto themselves.” Learn how HPE BladeSystem can help you tackle database sprawl in the Buyers Guide, and watch this short video for a quick overview: Unlock the power of consolidating database workloads.

  4. Unified communications and collaboration (UCC). UCC systems are becoming more sophisticated, but also more challenging to manage, as I noted in my post Unifying UCC: the value of consolidating workloads. The Buyers Guide explains how HPE solutions can provide compute, storage, and connectivity tailored to UCC workloads. And let me also point you towards the story of how HPE helped one of the world’s leading seabed-to-surface engineering, construction, and services companies retire its legacy Cisco telephony solution in favor of a single infrastructure: Subsea 7 reduces costs by migrating worldwide to Microsoft Skype for Business.

Your management tool matters

As ActualTech Media points out, it’s the combination of HPE BladeSystem and HPE OneView, our comprehensive infrastructure management solution that makes this transformation approach so effective. In addition to eliminating the management tool sprawl that I mentioned earlier, the unified API in HPE OneView enables you to automate control of compute, storage, and network resources without detailed knowledge of each device, making the path to composable infrastructure much simpler. Together, these HPE solutions provide the optimal foundation for data center efficiency: one platform, one interface, and one synchronized view.

Learn more

Register to download the e-book Data Center Workload Buyers Guide: Running a More Efficient Data Center for Your Most Demanding Workloads with HPE BladeSystem.

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Becca Taylor
HPE Influencer Marketing Manager

@beccataylor

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Rebecca Taylor

I manage influencer outreach at HPE.