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With hybrid IT you can shift into high gear without taking big risks



Revolutionary changes confront the typical IT department as it struggles to adapt to new technologies brought about by new mobile, social, and cloud-based apps. Adding these technologies to the existing IT infrastructure isn’t without risks, which is one of the reasons why IT struggles. How do you successfully integrate all this with the existing infrastructure, deal with silos that make resource management more complex, or field an IT team that has the requisite skills for thbigstock-Risk-Reward-Scale-Concept-85868213.jpgese new technologies?

You can witness the potential for risk erupt in a company’s daily IT operations. For example, line-of-business developers want to innovate but feel constrained by legacy system limitations. Sooner or later, a creative developer skirts IT to push an unproven application onto the network without following protocols. Worse yet, in doing so, he or she creates a shadow IT environment in pushing a new application to the public cloud without consulting the boss. Despite not knowing, the company is still at risk, because the potential for something breaking has increased. How does one meet the demands for change and innovation but keep IT operations humming along while minimizing risks?

How do you integrate the old with the new?

Of course, you could stick with what you know – making incremental changes to your infrastructure, following standard refresh cycles and deploying next-gen upgrades that are a little more reliable and a little less complex to manage. To be sure, IT remains relatively stable, but there’s the risk that the legacy equipment may not integrate seamlessly with next-generation systems.

You could add additional software control layers in your environment to reduce the complexity of managing different resource silos. But what if those software layers aren’t supported by the next-gen hardware upgrade you deploy? If your line-of-business developers are unhappy with the current state, you haven’t fixed a thing.

Back in the early days of Facebook, founder Mark Zuckerberg was quoted as saying, “I’m here to build something for the long term. Anything else is a distraction.” For IT, making incremental changes for incremental benefits can be a distraction. It’s not that they aren’t good solutions. For the right use cases they add value and provide incremental improvements. But they don’t resolve IT fragmentation, don’t operate across generational silos, and lack compatibility across vendors.

A new model for upgrading infrastructure

Your business wants public cloud-like convenience and speed. You want to provide that experience, but without the risks associated with cloud, such as the dependence on third-party capabilities and possible new failure points introduced with remote infrastructure. To be sure, the cloud can provide significant benefits by handling certain types of workloads, such as email and collaboration apps. But applications that process critical information like customer IDs or credit card data aren’t a good fit for the public cloud. Compliance and security are key concerns; indeed, they’re the top drivers of the decision to keep IT services on-premises, according to a 2015 IDG survey, cited by 63% and 60% of respondents respectively (see this IDG Market Pulse white paper: 5 strategies for transforming on-premises infrastructure).

The alternative is a hybrid approach, establishing the right mix of public cloud, private/hybrid cloud, and traditional IT systems in a hybrid infrastructure, controlled by a single management environment.

Companies ready to update their existing IT models should consider one of these two options:

Option #1
Hyperconverged infrastructure.
 These systems bring together compute and storage in a single frame with an easy-to-use software management layer. Hyperconverged systems simplify deployment and management, enabling IT to take that first step toward hybrid cloud. By providing cloud-like velocity and convenience, hyperconverged solutions reduce the risk of shadow IT. By integrating resources from a single vendor, they reduce the risk of support glitches and finger-pointing among multiple vendors. Hyperconverged infrastructure is especially well-suited to branch/remote office solutions and desktop virtualization, and easily configured to support specific workloads.

IT shops considering a hyperconvergence deployment should give some thought to how the solution will integrate with other elements in the data center. Some hyperconverged solutions don’t hook into your current systems easily, creating a long-term risk of silo management and complexity. There’s also a risk that some of the startup vendors in this space may not survive to support your systems for the long haul.

Option #2
Composable Infrastructure.
This new category of infrastructure eliminates resource silos by providing fluid pools of resources, a software-defined intelligence and a unified API for compute, storage and fabric. These can be provisioned on-demand for specific workloads, and then released back into the pool when the work is completed. Composable infrastructure is true infrastructure-as-code, on-premises, with template-driven, fully-automated provisioning and frictionless updates that simplify lifecycle management. There’s an element of risk in terms of short-term disruption as you transition to new architecture and tools. But there’s a huge upside. You eliminate silos at the hardware level and simplify application integration at the software level. Your ecosystem grows exponentially without adding complexity or risk. Your business can react quickly – without breaking what works.

Taking risks without creating risk

Speaking of Mark Zuckerberg … he once told a reporter, The biggest risk is not taking any risk … In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.” In a nute shell: You have to take risks to succeed. Hybrid gives you an easier, more reliable way to manage operations so that you can take risks without putting the entire business at risk.

Learn more about the many ways HPE can help you transform to a hybrid infrastructure and achieve cloud-like velocity without compromising stability.

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