[Podcast] The Shift to Hybrid IT

Listen to this podcast interview on Hybrid IT and HPE Synergy with Julie Barbieri, General Manager, Infrastructure Solutions, NTT ICT interviewed by Dominic Halpin from TechNative.

Podcast transcript: 

 1. What are the challenges faced by companies still using traditional IT infrastructure?

Traditional Infrastructure is inherited from the days before virtualisation became a standard, companies running traditional infrastructure typically find themselves deploying different kind of hardware and software which require different skillsets to manage. The result is that companies organise themselves in teams to manage different silos: a team to manage storage, another team for servers, another for network, another for virtualisation and so on. The result is that the IT environment becomes rigid, and companies end up with varying degrees of complex and manual processes in place.

 2. How does this rigidity impact business agility and potentially, profits?

When the IT environment is rigid change become complex, difficult and takes time to deploy. New initiatives that require changes to the IT environment require engaging multiple teams that require coordination and a whole lot of skills which creates all kind of inefficiencies and delays that can be expensive for organisations.

IT rigidity makes changes expensive and complex but it can also mean time to market delays which can result in competition getting a head start leaving companies on traditional infrastructure out of new business opportunities.

3. Is Hyperconverged the answer? Where is it best used?

Hyperconverged can help in very specific circumstances. Hyperconverged eases management simply by eliminating storage arrays, it can also make scalability simple too.

For small deployments, Hyperconverged Infrastructure can reduce costs by meeting IT requirements with several integrated nodes but it has downsides too. It is unsuitable for supporting physical workloads. It is not flexible enough to scale storage or compute resources separately which is problematic for large deployments or for heterogeneous environments.

 4. Composable infrastructure is a new category – what are its unique benefits?

Composable Infrastructure is a new category of infrastructure introduced by HPE to solve the problems of previous infrastructure, and most importantly to support organisations to do the work they need to do. Composable Infrastructure enables IT administrators to service organisations as cloud providers, maximising the speed, agility and efficiency of IT infrastructure. It also makes it easier to define and meet SLAs, and provides predictable performance to support the workload of both today and tomorrow.

Composable Infrastructure is designed around three core principles: software-defined intelligence, a fluid pool of resources and a unified API.

  • Software-defined intelligence provides a single management interface to integrate operational silos and eliminate complexity. It simplifies operational activities by allowing for more automation and template-driven workloads.
  • A fluid pool of resources can effortlessly meet each application’s changing needs by allowing for the composition and recomposition of single blocks of disaggregated compute, storage, and fabric infrastructure. 
  • A unified API provides a single interface to discover, configure, provision, update and diagnose the composable infrastructure.

 5. How does a fluid resource pool impact the agility/flexibility needs for modern applications?

Fluid Resources Pools in HPE Synergy enable organisations to bridge the performance and control of dedicated infrastructure with the benefits and flexibility of the Cloud. This results in a key competitive advantage for any company that must adapt to the changing market demands.

As an example Fluid Pools of Resources allow DevOps to request exactly the compute, storage and network fabric they need, in the same way as virtual and public cloud resources. Integration with tools like Chef, Ansible and Puppet enables IT to provision and deploy virtual and bare-metal resources by leveraging Infrastructure as Code.

 6. What about cloud-native applications?

The pace of new ideas going to market is accelerating and companies keep developing and introducing new apps to execute on these ideas. Most apps are a new breed that includes not only Cloud-Native apps but also Mobile Apps, Webscale Apps and Apps to power the Internet of Things. These applications ARE the new business and HPE Synergy can empower organisation to deliver and support the services at the speed these new ideas are created. HPE Synergy can be the engine of value creation, not the bottleneck to success.

 7. NTT Communications partner with HPE to offer HPE Synergy to your customers. What’s been the response from your customers?

When we take a consultative approach, understand what our clients are trying to achieve and work through the benefits of Synergy we find customer feedback is extremely positive.

8. How does HPE Synergy's unified API help deliver business outcomes in the modern enterprise?

In a heterogeneous IT environment, every device has its own API, organisations using multiple interfaces require knowledge of all APIs and this can be complex and time-consuming. HPE Synergy uses a Unified API that integrates and automates infrastructure operations and applications. This Unified API is a single interface that when used with programming tools currently available, makes possible single-line-of-code provisioning of a complete infrastructure for an application, eliminating time-consuming scripting of multiple varied low-level tools and interfaces.

The result is that HPE Synergy increases productivity and control so IT staff can focus on adding value to the business as opposed to simply keeping the lights on.

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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 2 February 2018

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