Quick quiz: If you asked a bunch of IT pros to identify the IT challenges that impact their company, would more choose data-center complexity or data-center cost? I would have thought the latter, but turns out I’m wrong according to a recent survey by ActualTech Media. Of the 550 or so IT professionals polled, 33 percent said complexity and 27 percent said expense.
It’s not that surprising when you think about it. Complexity inhibits control, and without tight, confident control of IT, it’s hard to achieve the operational speed necessary to support new business initiatives and meet the demands of the market.
Subduing silos, sidestepping sprawls
A simpler, more manageable IT environment is a top priority for many midsized businesses, remote and branch offices, and lines of business within the enterprise. These entities often rely on minimal IT staff with limited resources and expertise. Indeed, “difficulty maintaining wide breadth of staff skills and knowledge” was the most frequently cited challenge in the ActualTech survey, at 45 percent. One-third of respondents said that supporting IT at remote sites or branch offices was a challenge. These organizations need solutions that are simple to deploy and manage, and integrate with their existing infrastructure.
They also want to take maximum advantage of virtualization to spin up VMs quickly, whenever needed for a new initiative. At the same time, out-of-control VM sprawl can waste disk space and squander compute resources. An effective solution needs to curb the proliferation of management tools, too, a symptom of multiple technology silos and platforms that don’t talk to each other.
It’s not surprising that these organizations increasingly turn to hyperconverged systems that combine compute, storage, and virtualization resources in a single chassis, controlled by a software-defined intelligence layer and a single management interface. The tight integration provides a level of control that’s hard to match with traditional infrastructures.
Your VM vending machine
HPE Hyper Converged 380, for example, puts you in control with proven, best-of-breed technology that builds on the industry standard HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen9 server platform. Built-in enterprise data services ensure data mobility across systems and sites, eliminating data silos. This solution integrates easily with systems you already run in your data center, so it won’t itself become another siloed resource to integrate and control.
The unified management platform, HPE OneView User Experience (UX), makes it easy for IT generalists to monitor and change the environment, even from a mobile device. OneView automates complex tasks that used to require multiple management tools. Adding compute or storage capacity takes just 15 minutes. You can create a new VM with just five simple clicks and managing VMs is so easy that unruly VM sprawl becomes a thing of the past.
HPE Hyper Converged 380 also offers advanced analytics to help you plan resources and prevent issues. It simplifies support by giving you a single point of contact for HPE hardware and software and VMware environments, as well as proactive advice and rapid response to issues 24x7. This simplicity enables control.
Even better, HPE Hyper Converged 380 puts you in control of your data center’s future with a clear path to Composable Infrastructure, the engine of the fully programmable, next-generation data center.
For more about hyperconvergence, see this IDC Market Spotlight: Hyperconverged Datacenter Infrastructure for the 3rd Platform (requires a quick, easy registration).