Best of both worlds: how HPE Synergy makes hybrid IT easy

Since the emergence of cloud, the array of choices facing IT leaders is greater than ever. While most organisations now use some form of cloud, 67% have opted for a hybrid mix that may include both private and public, along with on-premise workloads1. Determining where each workload should reside and how the on-premise infrastructure can best support this hybrid environment, are make-or-break decisions.

Cloud Considerations

The most common reason for moving workloads to the cloud is cost, with 69% of IT decision makers saying this is a key driver2. It is important here to examine costs carefully – because most public cloud providers offer fixed packages, there is a risk of paying for unused capacity. Do your homework to find the best cloud match to your workloads and compare against on-premise options.

Given dependence on technology, trust is another consideration when making cloud choices. Gartner cites a ‘lack of trust’ in public cloud1 as a reason that organisations shy away from migrating tier 1 and production workloads. Cloud providers with a strong, enterprise-level security are typically keen to show off their security and performance credentials, so don’t shy away from quizzing them on how they will keep your users and information safe.

You will also want to know exactly where your data and applications reside. Whether for regulatory factors or because you never want to become embroiled in lawsuits in foreign jurisdictions, you may want to ask if your cloud provider has data centres on Australian soil owned by an Australian organisation. Larger public cloud providers are increasingly opening data centres down under, which increases your options.

Composable Infrastructure – Better Hybrid IT

IT vendors have been working on alternatives that enable more cohesive hybrid IT. Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) hit the ground running with Synergy, their Composable Infrastructure platform. Instead of traditional IT, where compute, storage and networking assets are siloed to support specific applications, Synergy creates fluid pools of resources that can be dynamically allocated via simple coding. They can be quickly reallocated when needs change, which makes for a very agile environment.

In terms of cost, Synergy can be very competitive with public cloud. HPE has a TCO calculation tool here to weigh up whether Synergy might save you some money on your on-premise IT. A Frost and Sullivan study suggested that those rushing to public cloud without considering the modern on-premise capabilities of Composable Infrastructure may be falling for a false economy. Migration, configuration, and even manual replication and scaling all contribute to unexpectedly high labour costs. Without analysis of all cost elements, in particular the cost of unused cloud capacity which tends to be overlooked, organisations ‘may find themselves spending more and getting less in the long run’.3

Synergy is perhaps best seen as a hybrid enabler. It can run cloud-native applications and traditional workloads side-by-side, while retaining the control that comes with on-premise. The Composable Infrastructure platform allows you to define the optimal amount of processing, storage, and network you need for a workload, ensuring better resource utilisation and lower labour costs.

Synergy levels the playing field to make the on-premise part of the hybrid equation perform easily as well as public cloud with very attractive overall cost. It also brings infrastructure up-to-date to create a modern IT environment ready for whatever challenges may come. Talk to us to learn more.

1 Gartner 2017 Planning Guide for Cloud Computing

22015 Frost & Sullivan Cloud User Survey

3Frost & Sullivan, Infrastructure Economics: Five Things to Consider When Comparing Costs for Composable Infrastructure versus Public Cloud

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Author Name: Julie Barbieri

Julie is the General Manager of Infrastructure at NTT Communications ICT Solutions. She is an experienced manger with 30 years in the IT Industry.  Starting her career as a Field Service Engineer, moving into Sales, Sales Management before taking on the role of a Business Unit Manager.

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Added 24 November 2017

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