The most adaptive data centers will increase IT survival – here’s how

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Leon C. Megginson, author of numerous books on business management, is often quoted as saying, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” I’m certainly seeing that philosophy play out in today’s business environment. Those who can quickly adapt to customer needs are not only surviving, but thriving.

As part of the IT team in a modern enterprise, you are constantly torn between supporting two different worlds: traditional applications that run the business, and a new breed of applications and services that leverage mobility, big data, and cloud-native technologies. The challenge you’re facing is how to manage both of these worlds efficiently. On the one hand, you must maintain your legacy systems. On the other, being able to flexibly grow, innovate, and adapt to a constantly evolving landscape is how you add value to the business. It’s key to survival – for you, for your team, and for the business.

Staying flexible

It may sound like a daunting task, but any survival scenario hinges on the tools you have at your disposal. In order to bridge old and new IT, you need an infrastructure management tool that allows you to manage both models as a single infrastructure on a single platform, while staying flexible enough to change as both the industry and your business evolve.

An infrastructure management tool that ensures survival must provide your team with a few key advantages. First, it needs a single interface so you can easily design, provision, monitor, and update your IT resources. Next, it must bring software-defined intelligence to deliver a new level of automation to your data center by taking a template-driven approach to provisioning, updating, and integrating compute, storage, and networking infrastructure.

Adaptability: what you really need

What you need is an infrastructure automation engine that can simplify operations and increase the speed of IT delivery for new applications and services.

By balancing new and legacy environments, you can accomplish simple, efficient lifecycle management across your entire infrastructure. Look for a single interface, so you can have a unified view of the health of servers, profiles, and enclosures across multiple virtual and physical appliances through a global dashboard. This means better infrastructure visibility and better informed, faster decision-making for your business. Having clear visibility across your entire infrastructure gives you the ability to adapt faster – to move from fixing problems to taking advantage of new opportunities.

Simply put, you need the type of flexibility that increases your chances of survival by giving you the tools you need to be more responsive to change.

HPE has the solution for adaptability

Hewlett Packard Enterprise OneView provides software-defined intelligence across the HPE family of infrastructure solutions, from providing embedded management in HPE Synergy to delivering attributes of composability in HPE BladeSystem, HPE ProLiant server platforms, HPE Hyper Converged 380, HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage, and HPE ConvergedSystem.

HPE OneView allows you to confidently take advantage of HPE solutions today, while ensuring you can evolve toward full composability across your entire infrastructure in the future.

For more information on HPE OneView, check out these resources:

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