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Make the right workload placement decisions in a hybrid IT environment


Private cloud, traditional IT, public cloud -- how do you choose the right destination for each workload in a hybrid IT environment?

While the majority of workloads still run on traditional—or non-cloud—infrastructure, there’s no doubt that cloud has become the de facto choice for new workloads. According to 451 Research’s Best Practices for Workload Placement in a Hybrid IT Environment, within two years the current mix will reverse from a 60/40 split in favor of traditional infrastructure to a 58/42 split in favor of hybrid cloud infrastructures—and for good reason.

CIOs and CTOs continue to be under huge pressure from the business to drive innovation and growth, and cloud is often touted as a way to do that. But cloud does not just equate to public cloud. You need to carefully identify and select which deployment venue is best suited for your specific workload.

Changing nature of a workload

As you compare traditional IT and cloud models, the nature of the workload is different. In a traditional IT environment, the applications, middleware, and data all run on your on-premises infrastructure. A clear linkage between the service, the application, and the workload exists. By contrast, as you move toward a hybrid IT approach with hybrid cloud, applications remain critical, but the service becomes the focus as the workload components touch different deployment models.

Take an e-commerce app with a global audience as an example. For your North American customers, you decide to run the workload in a public cloud. However, in Europe, due to data sovereignty regulations, you decide to run the workload in an on-premises private cloud assuring compliance. In Asia or the Pacific, you may need to adhere to yet another set of company guidelines. Hybrid IT is the combination of traditional IT, private cloud, managed cloud services and public cloud. It encompasses a blend—or mix—of both traditional workload deployments and hybrid cloud resources based on the needs of the workload. You need to choose the right model at the right time based on the lifecycle of the workload. And as you move through the lifecycle phases, you need the ability to move workloads across your hybrid IT environment based on the workload’s requirements.

Workload placement: A never-ending, business-critical decision for hybrid IT

To make the right decision, enterprises must review a range of deployment venue choices, which often adds complexity as the business determines the best deployment for a given workload. How do different deployment options compare? What factors affect your ideal solution? Since every business is unique, the answers ultimately depend on the specific type and overall characteristics of the workload and your desired business outcomes.

If you’re new to hybrid IT

If you’re at the drawing board or have already started—it’s imperative that you begin by developing a solid strategy. This plan should incorporate both private and public cloud services while integrating traditional IT resources, including composable and hyperconverged infrastructures. Your roadmap to a successful hybrid IT outcome must encompass traditional IT—including workloads that either can’t be moved to cloud or else don’t belong there—and new, cloud-native apps.  

This blog and others to follow, centered on the topic of workload placement, will take a look at what you need to consider as you build out your hybrid IT strategy and plan. I will share different insights on various workload placement trends and will highlight what you need to consider based on insights from the industry and my experience at HPE. My goal is to help you define your right mix as you match various workloads with the right deployment model.

What’s next?

In my next blog, I’ll look at the different deployment models available, the pros and cons of each, and your options based on the hybrid environment you envision for your organization.

Download and read 451 Research’s whitepaper, Best Practices for Workload Placement in a Hybrid IT Environment, to find additional insights into how workload placement can impact your business.

Related link: Where should your workloads live?




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About the Author


Andy DeBernardis is part of the worldwide Cloud solutions marketing team at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Andy has been with HPE for 10+ years in WW roles including managing HP WW Cloud sales enablement, HP Software Cloud sales enablement, HP Software partner marketing, and HP Software vertical solutions marketing.