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Infrastructure that keeps you ahead of the curve



The elegant game of tennis is one I never lbigstock-Rear-view-of-tennis-player-ser-135385091.jpgearned to master. What was hardest for me was the dance of tennis—the ability to react in the moment to whatever may come. Whenever I tried to play, I was perpetually caught flat-footed, unable to meet the ball in time. “On your toes!” my instructors would yell. And when you watch the pros, that’s what you see: athletes on their toes, dancing, hopping, pivoting, always ready to spring for whatever may come.

It’s a little like that in the data center these days. You’re tasked with supporting increasingly numerous, varied, and complex workloads: everything from traditional applications like ERP and OLTP transactions to e-commerce and an entire generation of new mobile, social, and cloud-native apps. If you stand there flat-footed while these balls are lobbed at you, you’ll be immediately overwhelmed. Just as there’s no one stance that will assure you success on the court, there’s no single infrastructure that can support the demands of every workload that lands in your data center.

Address morphing demands

If your business is like most, it needs IT to ensure the cloud-like convenience and speed that allows developers to innovate unimpeded and deliver functional and elegant new products and services. IT must be faster and more flexible, however this is difficult or even impossible to accomplish with traditional, siloed infrastructure.

Besieged IT staff seeking relief conduct standard refreshes of the existing environment and install the latest software management tools. These approaches can help incrementally, but they fail to address the main issue. Far too many businesses are wrestling with complex, siloed infrastructure replete with operational inefficiencies and costs arising from that complexity. It’s like me trying to return the ball using a bigger racket. It won’t work.

A savvier approach is needed. Leveraging the convenience and flexibility of the public cloud is an option, and a good one—for some workloads. But, as usual in life, this direction comes with caveats. While you gain speed, convenience, and flexibility, you lose a degree of control over risk and cost. In addition, you’re stuck with the limitations of your provider. In some cases, applications simply aren’t a good fit for public cloud. In others, compliance and data security concerns give pause.

IT organizations are operating under a new paradigm. They must be ready to offer the best technological solution for every business initiative, yet ensure the approaches are secure and sustainable. To master this balancing act, IT needs a range of infrastructure options (for example, legacy or modern, on-premise or off) that are can be accurately matched to the performance, cost, resilience, and security needs of each workload.

At the ready for what’s next

A hybrid approach to infrastructure ensures a range of options. IT can choose the right mix of public cloud, private cloud, traditional IT, and new technologies, and control them all controlled from a single management platform. Two approaches that can offer hybrid flexibility are hyperconverged and Composable Infrastructure.

Hyperconverged solutions bundle compute and storage in a single frame with an intuitive software-management layer that simplifies deployment and management. As tools that are configured to do a specific job very well, hyperconverged appliances are perfect for branch and remote office (ROBO) deployments and desktop virtualization. In addition, they represent a stepping-stone to a fully Composable Infrastructure.

A more expansive solution, Composable Infrastructure offers a fluid pool of compute, storage, and fabric resources that can be provisioned on demand for a specific workload and then released back into the pool when no longer needed. Software-defined intelligence and a single, unified API enable automated and template-driven provisioning and infrastructure changes. They also give DevOps the ability to provision bare metal, virtualized, or containerized resources directly from code. The solution makes IT more nimble, able to respond to events as they occur. The result is faster time to value and cloud-like convenience for the business.

Composable Infrastructure is like having wheels on your feet that allow you to pivot and meet the ball from whatever direction and at whatever speed it may come. No matter the operating mode and capacity that’s needed, you’ll have it right there at your fingertips.

Expect to be surprised

When we say IT is “future-proof” we mean a given piece of infrastructure can scale appropriately as workloads grow, no matter what the future brings. For example, your new storage system is “future-proof” if it can scale from petabytes to exabytes. For the business, however, “future-proof” means being able to adjust to new competition and opportunities, whatever those might be. Of course, no one knows what the future holds. You need to be prepared for anything.

To ensure continued success, a business must be able to grow sustainably no matter what comes next. It must be prepared to respond. A hybrid infrastructure with composability offers the flexibility to adapt and adjust to what’s “next” for your business.

Ultimately, it makes life simpler for IT and DevOps. They can ensure stable operation of existing systems and the efficient delivery of innovative new solutions. The technology allows IT to become a true partner to the business, transforming from a cost center to a value generator. For IT leaders, this can lead to a seat at the strategic table and the power to propel the business forward with innovation and growth.

Like a spring-footed tennis pro, hybrid infrastructure that takes advantage of new approaches like hyperconverged and composable solutions gives you the ability to respond adeptly to whatever comes next.

To learn more about the many ways HPE can help you transform to a hybrid infrastructure, read: Navigating IT Transformation: Tales from the Front Lines.


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