How to Make Hybrid IT Simple: The Best of Both Worlds With On-Premises IT and Public Cloud

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By Gary Thome, VP and Chief Engineer, HPE Software-Defined and Cloud Group

We make thousands of decisions every day – 35,000+, if you believe internet sources. Some are small and insignificant; others make a big impact. If you are a corporate executive or an IT manager, one of the bigger decisions you may be struggling with is whether public cloud is right for your business. And if it is, which applications should you deploy in the public cloud? Which ones should stay on-premises?

And what about private cloud and newer technologies you’ve been hearing so much about -- hyperconverged and composable infrastructure?

Considerations when choosing a cloud-based solution

Determining a cloud strategy is a complex decision,  one that takes a great deal of research and planning. Public cloud is extremely popular right now due to low upfront costs and the increased speed and flexibility it provides. Yet, as I’ve mentioned in previous articles, public cloud isn’t perfect for every workload. In my past articles, I addressed some of these common concerns:

The best of both worlds

The good news is that you don’t have to make an either/or decision in terms of public vs. private cloud. Enterprises are moving forward with a variety of cloud strategies, looking for IT solutions that best meet the needs of their workloads.

According to CIO.com, a recent survey by Forrester Research reported, “38% of enterprise decision-makers said they are building private clouds, with 32% procuring public cloud services and the remainder planning to implement some form of cloud technology this year. The hybrid cloud is also heating up, with 59% of respondents saying they are adopting the model.”

Organizations are also deploying new technologies, such as hyperconverged and composable infrastructure, because they offer cloud-like capabilities on-premises. In addition, hyperconverged and composable infrastructure can provide more control, greater performance, less cost, and less risk than many public cloud options. This is why many companies are pulling back from public cloud, and why many more are thinking twice before jumping on board.

Finding the right mix in a simpler hybrid IT environment

As businesses research their hybrid IT options, it’s important to take time to determine the right mix of workload placement across private, public, and traditional IT. This kind of in-depth analysis can be difficult, so many businesses seek expert advice. A recently published paper by 451 Research, Best Practices for Workload Placement in a Hybrid IT Environment, delves into this complex issue, offering insights and recommendations.

Once you have determined your right mix, what comes next in the complex world of hybrid IT? HPE is working on another innovation that will help simplify hybrid IT deployments even further. It’s a new hybrid IT stack initiative that will allow customers to seamlessly compose, operate, and optimize the right mix of workloads across on-premises, private, hosted, and public clouds. Using a single management dashboard with built-in analytics and controls, application developers and IT operators will be able to simply click, compose and consume resources across their hybrid estate. This integrated cloud management and infrastructure solution will deliver more control, lower cost, and higher utilization rates.

More choices, more opportunities

Hybrid IT with the right mix of public cloud, private cloud, and on-premises solutions lets businesses place each application or workload in the IT environment where it is best suited. And on the very near horizon, software advances will allow businesses to build and manage applications in one environment and seamlessly move them to another. This really will create the best of both worlds.

HPE has assembled an array of resources to help you build and manage your hybrid world. You can learn more about composable infrastructure by reading the ebook, HPE Synergy for Dummies,or learn about HPE’s approach to hybrid cloud by checking out the HPE website, Project New Hybrid IT Stack. And to find out how HPE can help you determine a workload placement strategy that meets your service level agreements, visit HPE Pointnext.


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