Bring the cloud experience to your entire organization

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As a leader involved in shaping your organization's digital and IT transformation, you are probably looking for the keys to success in this new hybrid cloud world. Regardless of where your business is in its transformational journey, you want to focus on innovation and agility, while also reducing operational costs. Cloud, as part of a digital transformation, helps drive speed and agility, and you may have moved some apps and workloads to the public cloud, but how do you get the cloud experience across your entire organization?

The importance of the cloud experience

According to a recent whitepaper IDC, sponsored by HPE, cloud is not about one particular datacenter or cloud environment such as IaaS, PaaS, or SaaS environment. Hybrid cloud is about choosing solutions that deliver and manage cloud-based resources throughout your entire organization. These resources may be located off premises, or on premises, and extend to the edge.

Because of the complexity of managing and operating cloud resources, IT is definitely a key element of success in your digital transformation journey. Yet, the top enterprise initiatives, according to IDC, are business oriented and not necessarily IT oriented.

This report highlights that the overall cloud experience has had far-reaching benefits on all groups within the enterprise. On the IT side, cloud-based IT has accelerated the adoption and extended the use of new technical capabilities. Cloud-based infrastructure lets IT deliver flexible, on-demand access to resources with the agility the business needs.

Organizations can now scale resources as needed to support changing business needs, while reducing risks associated with wasted investments. Additionally, the pay-as-you-go model used with cloud-based IT lets the enterprise better balance capital and expenses with corporate objectives. And lastly, the cloud experience is enabling more business innovation, as it promotes innovation and better customer engagement.

New options and IT requirements      

The IDC white paper also noted that new workloads have very different foundations, thus requiring new options for infrastructure and deployments. These workloads use new frameworks such as cloud-based infrastructure, containers, and function as a service, which are all associated with agile development practices (DevOps).

By 2022, 90% of all new apps will feature microservices architectures and 35% of all production apps will be cloud native (see Multiplied Innovation: Scaling a Technology Revolution, IDC #DR2019_GS1_FG, March 2019).i

 Even though the way applications are built and consumed is changing, IT teams can’t easily abandon existing business-critical workloads. After all, the smooth operations of the business depends on the reliable and predictable delivery of business-critical workloads. In some cases, it makes sense to migrate workloads to new public, private, or edge cloud-based infrastructure, including hosted private cloud. In other cases, the enterprise may need to modernize or refactor the applications.

Key elements needed for an optimal cloud experience

What are the key elements you should consider for a flexible and open cloud experience? Each business is unique and the tools and resources likely vary. As you bring the cloud experience to all areas of your organization, IDC recommends you consider the following:

  • Digital business at scale: Ensure the efficiency, scalability, reliability, quality, and predictability of cloud-based IT and dedicated infrastructure support the company's digital business-driven workloads in a context of exponential speed and volume growth.
  • Compliance: Apply controls across the entire hybrid cloud environment to offset risks associated with the loss of confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data.
  • Visibility and control: Provide, operate, enhance, and manage all IT infrastructure to provide cross-cloud visibility and control.
  • Automation: Provide, enhance, manage, and monitor technology and business capabilities as an integrated platform of services, allowing organizations to free up resources to focus on what matters most to the business.
  • Self-awareness and self-healing: Dynamically allocate infrastructure and data resources based on service demand as well as automatically adjusting to mitigate failures.
  • Cost optimization: Utilize flexible payment models to enable alignment of capital investment with business growth and innovation.
  • Open and flexible environment: Manage the creation, life cycle, publication, access, and usage of APIs associated with new digital services that expose information and services to internal and external applications, partners, and ecosystem.
  • Service management: Broker, integrate, and orchestrate IT "business oriented" services built on essential workloads to provide a rich catalog of digital transformation-enabling services.
  • DevOps: Improve development, testing, deployment, and operations of workloads through an approach characterized by early collaboration, automation, continuous updating, and iterative agility.ii

A cloud experience on premises as part of the hybrid cloud strategy

The business and IT needs of any organization are defined by many factors according to IDC, such as the organization’s specialization and business model, mix of workloads, financial health, maturity, workforce and customer base.

All of these needs shape where to run workloads and what the right combination of on- and off-premises resources should be. IDC says that the private cloud remains a central point of a hybrid strategy, whether in a datacenter or hosted. They believe that after some initial missteps, most private clouds today are meeting IT’s goals of higher utilization, lower operational costs, and better IT agility when compared to traditional IT environments.

According to their analysis, organizations that successfully adopt a hybrid approach typically have partnered with an expert who has helped accelerate modernization of their current IT infrastructure, simplified their transition to cloud-based IT, and implemented uniform management policies and procedures across all clouds.

Remember, a partner should be able to participate in the evaluation, deployment, and use of all hardware, software, IaaS, and SaaS solutions – no matter where they are located, including all internal and external datacenters as well as edge locations. Additionally, the ideal partner needs to provide you with a variety of choices that include leading technology, expertise, and flexibility of economic models to help you accelerate your digital transformation.

HPE, an experienced partner to help you extend your cloud experience

As you strive to move fast and innovate with the apps and data that drive your business, you need to choose a partner wisely. HPE accelerates IT at the speed your business demands with an open, flexible, and software-defined approach, which is differentiated by composability so you can deliver IT services with a cloud-inspired experience.

With HPE, you can bring your own stacks, clouds, and tools, while you leverage HPE’s cloud expertise. HPE can help you find your right mix, allowing you to consume solutions in ways that match your business. Learn how HPE can help you accelerate your cloud transformation at any stage of your journey.

For more information on this topic, read the full IDC whitepaper, sponsored by HPE, Delivering IT Services in the New Hybrid Cloud: Extending the Cloud Experience Across the Enterprise.

iIDC white paper, sponsored by HPE, “Delivering IT Services in the New Hybrid Cloud: Extending the Cloud Experience Across the Enterprise”. March 2019

iiIDC white paper, sponsored by HPE, “Delivering IT Services in the New Hybrid Cloud: Extending the Cloud Experience Across the Enterprise”. March 2019

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