“IT agility is the number one concern among Canadian executives,” says Dave Pearson, IDC Canada’s Research Manager for Enterprise Storage & Networking. “The inability for IT to react in a timely manner to business needs can prove devastating to the bottom line.”
So how do you keep up? How do you pull out your IT team’s legacy roots and set them free to be as agile as a startup? It all begins with building your data centre on the right infrastructure. Businesses can no longer afford to have computing, storage, and networking operating separately, siphoning the time and resources that your IT team needs for innovation and progress.
What you need to compete at the speed of disruption is a data centre infrastructure architecture that increases application and workload development to meet business needs. In order to succeed, that infrastructure must have the capacity to be software-defined, modular, secure, open, fluid, and managed by a common management application.
Many organizations have already begun taking steps to converge their data centre infrastructure. This removes siloes and combines the data centre’s disparate components into something that can be centrally managed. The goal of a converged infrastructure is to minimize compatibility issues and simplify infrastructure management while reducing costs for cabling, cooling, power, and floor space. It breaks down silos by flattening data centre architectures, combining servers, data storage, networking fabric, and software into a single optimized system that can run a wide variety of workloads. It also abstracts the operating systems from the CPUs and provides the users with the ability to manage all of this from a single management console.
The next step is to create a new class of infrastructure, such as HPE’s Composable Infrastructure, where independent software vendors and developers can programmatically control infrastructure and build out new workloads using “infrastructure as code” capabilities through a unified API. The API, native in HPE OneView, enables fast integration and automation of compute, storage, and fabric resources. Composable Infrastructure is the next evolution of convergence, enabling customers to accelerate Dev Ops and bring new applications to market faster. Through the open API, dev ops tools like Chef, Puppet, Docker work hand in hand with HPE OneView to simplify provisioning and speed application deployment.
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A converged data centre infrastructure provides the foundation for a Composable Infrastructure and the agility you need to meet current and future business demands. It will provide a secure, future-ready IT foundation that supports virtualization all the way to cloud computing. It enables IT to support their traditional business as they start the transition to a new breed of applications powered by the data-driven enterprise, where the speed of DevOps becomes more critical for responding to business needs.
HPE Synergy with Composer, Storage Module, and 480, 660, 620, and 680 Compute Modules
This change will give you a big advantage in The Idea Economy. According to a recent IDC Canadian survey, non-discretionary spending in infrastructure has grown from 70 per cent of IT budgets five years ago to 80 per cent today in Canada. “With fewer dollars and resources earmarked for custom development and elective projects, Canadian organizations need to ensure that ALL infrastructure spending is providing real business value, and not just ‘keeping the lights on’ in the data centre,” says Pearson.
The changes in technology and the disruptions they engender are going to continue at a rapid pace, so you must adapt your IT infrastructure as well. Successful enterprises with legacy IT systems need to find a balance between operating and evolving if they want to meet the business needs of today and be prepared for what’s coming tomorrow.
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Charlie Atkinson is Vice President Enterprise Group and Managing Director of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Canada. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @CharlieMeansBiz.
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