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IT without borders: ROBO and the art of being everywhere at once



One of the most amazing things that modern communications technology (the internet, smartphones, mobile devices, etc.) does is eliminate distance as a barrier to business. That gives businesses the opportunity to deploy remote and branch offices bigstock--137861216.jpg(ROBO) wherever they need to. Every chain retail store in the world is actually a ROBO, as are most warehouses and distribution centers, factories, hospitals, and government offices, every embassy and consulate on the planet, and any ship that is part of a fleet (commercial, Navy, or Coast Guard). Even oil rigs and scientific research stations constitute ROBO operations, and despite the astonishing variety of these environments, they present a common set of challenges to IT.

A heavy burden

ROBO operations have expanded rapidly in recent years and responsibility for keeping them up, running, and connected has been added to IT’s already long to-do list. Managing remote sites brings a special set of challenges, and the impact of these challenges, both on IT departments and their budgets, is truly astonishing. A recent industry survey[1] has shown just how big that impact is: The average corporate data center services 55 distinct ROBO locations, and nearly half of all employees work from a remote site. Fully 50 percent of all corporate data is stored outside of the primary data center, and ROBO operations consume approximately 50% of IT budgets on average.

It should come as no surprise that staffing to support ROBO environments and the overall cost of doing so are two of IT’s biggest concerns. If not managed properly, ROBO operations can cause substantial financial losses, particularly from outages and problems with provisioning new applications and services. Much of the challenge comes from the fact that most remote sites do not have on-premises expertise and few businesses are willing to foot the bill for flying IT staff to the actual site. This effectively demands that admins and technicians be in multiple places at once. While that remains a physical impossibility, a hyperconverged infrastructure solution can do the next best thing.

A unique solution to a unique challenge

Hyperconverged infrastructure was specifically designed for ease of management and is ideally suited to ROBO environments. Functioning like a VM vending machine, hyperconverged systems enable extensive automation and orchestration and can be administered simply by a single generalist, even allowing for new VMs to be spun up from a mobile device. Systems like HPE’s Hyper Converged 380 powered by Intel® are designed to bridge the gaps between technology siloes and enable unprecedented data movement across the enterprise through Peer Motion data mobility. The positive impact on IT operations can be profound.

To understand the unique challenges of ROBO, HPE and ActualTech Media partnered in a recent survey of over 500 IT professionals about their ROBO deployments. Spanning 40 industries, the survey results contain valuable insights from the field about the most common challenges with ROBO operations and show how businesses are transforming their ROBO operations with hyperconverged solutions.

Learn how to get the most from your ROBO deployments by watching this short video, then click through to get your own copy of the HPE/ActualTech Media survey to learn more about making ROBO work for your organization.



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