Four great reasons to shift to hybrid IT

Tectonic shifts in the digital economy are coming, so now’s the time to start the transition

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Don’t you think it’s time to move toward a “smart” data center? Well, hybrid IT can help you get there. Does your management need convincing? Share these four compelling benefits.

Today we’re seeing more and more technology advancements that bring together otherwise siloed components and tools into a single management pane. Take, for example, the evolution of the phone from the rotary telephone, to the “brick” cell phones in the 90s, and now smart phones that you rarely use as a phone. It’s everything you need, from your camera to your games, email and Internet, even your wallet – all in a sleek device that fits right in your pocket. No need to carry around separate devices!

In the near future, we'll likely be experiencing similar tectonic shifts like the movement to “smart houses.”  Appliances throughout your house managed centrally through your smart phone/tablet—everything from home security, room temperatures, outdoor sprinkler systems, lights, shades and even your car. Remember the Jetsons, the famous animated television show of the 1960s? The Jetsons’ future that you’ve been waiting for is coming into focus!  (Just need that instant makeup/clothing machine for early morning video meetings. :) )

Why would the data center be any different? 

Making the data center “smarter” by bringing together compute and storage under one management plane through a hybrid infrastructure is only a natural next step. This enables flexibility in deploying on-premises and cloud solutions that best match the needs of your business, and can be tailored to fit the fluctuating workloads and scale that your IT environment will inevitably face in this evolving data driven world.

Without appropriate planning and infrastructure in place to handle these disruptions, performance and capacity bottlenecks will quickly catch up with you and hinder your operations. Bottlenecks are not only a serious pain to deal with but slow down your ability to focus on core business needs. Architecting a hybrid infrastructure can alleviate these challenges by providing you with deployment choices ranging from software-defined storage (SDS) on commodity servers to hyper-converged solutions.

A major plus to moving to a hybrid framework is that you don’t have to rip and replace or go through significant change management to build in more flexibility and agility to your environment – not to mention, it’s designed with an IT generalist in mind.

Four compelling benefits to hybrid IT

The first step in convincing your management to progress towards a hybrid infrastructure is relatively straightforward and hinges on these four benefits:

Universal: Hybrid IT operates with any workload on any form factor ranging from an IT closet to a cloud-scale data center. Flexibility is key. You can even choose the hypervisor that works best: VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, or Linux KVM. Software-defined storage woven into servers and hyper-converged systems provides the ability to mix and match while also enabling you to seamlessly future-proof your data center by supporting both traditional and cloud-native applications.

Intelligent: With an intuitive interface for centralized management, you can program enterprise applications while fluidly composing resources for the cloud. This translates into reduced complexity, allowing you to make better decisions quicker and accelerate application deployments to scale.

Efficient: By condensing compute and storage together, you reduce your operating expenses and data center footprint. Hybrid IT allows you to tame Big Data with affordable capacity and performance options.

Protected: Take advantage of multi-layered protection for constant uptime, accessibility, and security with five 9’s (99.999%) availability. Remote copy and snapshots across multi-site stretch clusters provides enhanced protection while also offering quick and straightforward data recovery.

Modernizing your data center doesn’t have to be daunting with hybrid IT 

HPE’s StoreVirtual storage technology allows you to take your industry standard servers and layer on software-defined storage or deploy ready-to-go hyper-converged appliances.  Like your smart phone, you can rein in the various piece parts of your data center that you’ve been managing separately and begin composing your environment to best fit your needs—ultimately allowing you to focus on what will propel your business forward, with less worrying about the infrastructure underneath.

For more info on HPE StoreVirtual software-defined storage check out this video.

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