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Do You Know the 8 Essentials for Hybrid IT?



bigstock--136078028.jpgToday’s businesses are rapidly changing – and that is all part of a wider digital transformation initiative that is sweeping the industry. Yet as businesses move to the public cloud seeking lower costs and greater flexibility, they’re discovering some challenges. These challenges are coming in the form of unexpected costs. Others arise while trying to move traditional workloads off-premises to locations that are sometimes less than ideal.

More and more enterprises are recognizing that a hybrid IT strategy solves many of these challenges. Hybrid IT provides a balanced combination of traditional infrastructure, private cloud, and public cloud. After careful analysis, hybrid IT allows IT teams to select the best deployment model for each application. Mission-critical workloads can remain on-premises, where employees can confidently retain complete control. Whereas a newly-developed, revenue-generating app can hum along beautifully in the public cloud. And a non-revenue generating app can run extremely well on a private cloud, where it’s available for all to use without costing the business an arm and a leg.

So, all is well…right? Well, not quite.

Eight essential considerations for bridging the gap between on- and off-premises workloads

Even when each workload is placed where it is best suited, another challenge still needs to be solved. Currently, the on-premises and off-premises worlds are siloed. IT can’t easily manage them as one, and they don’t have the visibility they need across their entire hybrid estate. What IT needs is a single platform to easily see and manage everything at the same time, regardless of where it is being hosted.

Many companies, including Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), are currently working to develop a platform that will solve this challenge. As part of the development process, HPE commissioned 451 Research to thoroughly research why and how companies are digitally transforming their businesses and what challenges they must overcome to provide and manage the ultimate hybrid IT platform. The research, Seeking Digital Transformation? Eight Essentials for Hybrid IT, provides interesting insights into the digital-transformation journey, and what is still needed to bridge the gap between on- and off-premises IT infrastructure.

451 Research’s Eight Essentials for Hybrid IT:

  • Hybrid IT requires a unified, software-defined control plane that is simple and quick to deploy across traditional enterprise and private and public cloud infrastructure, and bridges the worlds of public and private seamlessly.
  • Hybrid IT must support the current and emerging OS and virtualization layers that businesses are using to host their applications, such as VMware, OpenStack, and Microsoft AzureStack as well as bare-metal and container-based applications.
  • Everything should be software-defined and available in multiple packaging formats, but for real efficiency and performance of on-premises deployments, hyperconverged and composable infrastructure are necessary baselines.
  • Developers should be able to build their applications anywhere and deploy them anywhere as soon as they are ready. They need a hybrid workspace supporting traditional workloads in VMs, modern apps in containers, and flexibility across bare metal and private and public clouds.
  • Developers and IT operations need a ‘no-ops’ hybrid IT management-as-a-service portal and app store, enabling them to compose, deploy and scale hybrid clouds that support all applica­tions, and to manage production compliance and lifecycle governance.
  • Integrated, software-defined data services will become more necessary as the data explosion progresses. Data efficiency, resiliency, management, and mobility are all key requirements that should be abstracted away from the underlying storage and made available across the hybrid platform.
  • An analytics-powered business dashboard should provide business and IT operations managers with visibility on costs and utilization across private and public infrastructure, breaking up the data into the separate lines of business to calculate the cost of individual projects.
  • A hybrid IT architecture must have room for emerging and future technologies, such as APIs, microservices, hybrid computing, memory-based computing, and the extension of intelligence to the edge though the Internet of Things.

The digital transformation is here and it is disruptive. Companies that are willing to embrace change will not only survive, they will flourish. Yet, it’s not an easy journey. Learning as much as possible about your choices and your challenges is vital.

HPE has assembled an array of resources to help businesses transition into a brand new hybrid IT world. Learn about HPE’s approach to hybrid IT by checking out the HPE website, Project New Hybrid IT Stack. And to find out how HPE can help you determine a workload placement strategy that meets your service level agreements, visit HPE Pointnext.

You can read 451 Research’s full report here.

To learn more about composable infrastructure, download the free guide, Composable Infrastructure for Dummies.


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Paul Miller
VP of Marketing, HPE

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Paul Miller is VP of Marketing for the HPE Software-Defined and Cloud Group business unit. The SDCG organization is responsible for marketing for HPE Synergy, HPE OneView, and Hyper Converged Solutions portfolio.