The cloud sets the standard for on-demand agility, elasticity, and consumption as a service. Businesses appreciate the simplicity, self-service, and automation capabilities that this experience gives them. As a result, IT administrators have been tasked with bringing this experience to their mission-critical applications without sacrificing performance and resiliency.

Recent ESG research[1] shows that 88% of organizations have a strong desire to implement cloud native applications on premises, demonstrating a growing shift towards more and more local applications. These same companies demand cloud experience. Which begs the question: How do you get self-service and on-demand cloud operational agility – through invisible infrastructure – that anyone can manage from anywhere?

Some selections, on site data infrastructure solutions today provide the resilience, agility and overall operational experience of the cloud. The most effective solutions meet three business requirements.

Requirement # 1: Instantly provision large-scale workloads

When your business needs additional storage capacity, you can’t afford to wait. On average, it takes a day and a half for most enterprise IT departments to provision storage, as determined by a recent ESG research study. IT administrators typically use spreadsheets to determine the capacity and performance margin of their storage fleet. Work tickets must be created and transfers made manually across the organization for storage capacity to be provisioned. It’s an extremely complex and time-consuming task for IT teams, and far from perfect.

Due to this long supply period, developers cannot access storage capacity at the rate they are supposed to. know they could get in the cloud. Instead, they find themselves stuck in limbo for a day and a half, delaying testing and app development, subsequently slowing business momentum.

What organizations need is a data infrastructure that enables instant provisioning for IT administrators, application owners, and developers, leveraging AI to optimally determine where data is. must be stored. A true cloud provisioning model would accelerate the application development cycles demanded by today’s fast-paced DevOps and CI / CD pipeline processes, without being hampered by limited provisioning capacity.

HPE Alletra, powered by Data Services Cloud Console, offers this industry-first functionality. Intent-based provisioning enables users to instantly provision on-premise storage at scale with the cloud experience. Intent-based provisioning determines where data needs to be stored across the fleet – with real-time context for resource safety margin and application-specific SLAs, optimizing your resources. The AI-powered self-service console leverages role-based access control, delivering a true cloud provisioning model for app owners and developers, without the need for storage expertise. It’s time to say goodbye to complex and time-consuming storage provisioning.

Requirement 2: Consume storage as a service

It’s no secret that your data keeps growing, but acquiring and integrating more infrastructure anytime is a big deal. It is a challenge for your hardware to cope with the unpredictability of business demands. IT administrators are also challenged to plan what resources they will need and how long they will need to procure, configure, and deploy capacity. Traditional data management can be extremely inefficient, slow down business and hamper innovation.

The financial burden of traditional infrastructure can also be significant. Significant up-front capital costs place your finance teams on top of managing cash flow. Again, businesses typically look to the cloud for an OpEx model that facilitates these payments, leaving more money available each month for other purposes.

IT needs to move from owning and maintaining data infrastructure to simply using it on demand and as a service. Storage solutions as a service free up your cash flow and gain financial agility with flexible consumption. Consumption models that use buffer capacity allow you to instantly scale resources without having to worry about new, unpredictable resource demands. It saves you time and money, and allows you to focus on the things that matter most to your business.

True storage as a service is available today via HPE Alletra with HPE GreenLake, a storage infrastructure with the performance, scalability, agility and efficiency that businesses need, fully delivered as a service. Cost-effective infrastructure delivered as a service provides cloud operations that deploy, provision, manage, and upgrade on-premises infrastructure, along with the flexibility of elastic scaling on demand.

Requirement 3: Manage from anywhere

Managing the lifecycle of on-premises infrastructure is difficult with manual processes. Managing the lifecycle of a fleet of incompatible on-premise systems in a complex infrastructure can be nearly impossible. For example, an IT administrator in a regional hospital group might manage more than a dozen different hospitals. To check the capacity of each, the administrator should access the VPN in each hospital; in the worst case scenario, they would visit each site regularly to troubleshoot and upgrade services. While software can help reduce travel needs, managing the software that handles those activities for on-premises storage can be mind-boggling. Each management tool has separate processes, rules, consoles, and best practices – a potentially overwhelming scenario for the storage administrator.

Cloud Native Operations extract data and infrastructure from physical infrastructure to eliminate silos and complexity, delivering peak performance in fleets like these. HPE Alletra provides everything you need to manage and monitor your fleet from anywhere – right at your fingertips. It is because the cloud native infrastructure is delivered through HPE GreenLake, which means your IT administrator can control and monitor storage from anywhere, on any device. The cloud-native control plane automatically adapts to the infrastructure, so managing hundreds of systems across multiple geographies is as easy as managing one, through a SaaS console accessible from anywhere – and on any device.

This is particularly important in our new distributed way of working, the result of the global pandemic. HPE gives businesses the flexibility (and peace of mind) they need to keep their systems accessible and monitored no matter where their IT administrators work – home office, data center, or even the local cafe.

Now… create cloud operational agility in your data center.

Gone are the days of sacrificing simplicity, self-service, automation, and management capabilities from anywhere in the cloud to achieve resiliency, long-term cost management, and on-premises data sovereignty. For the very first time, HPE Alletra powered with Cloud Data Services Console and HPE GreenLake bring data innovators, data managers and IT administrators the cloud operational agility they want, right in their own data center. Our world is changing and it’s time for the infrastructure that supports your business to pivot.

It’s time to bring the cloud experience to your applications and workloads, wherever your data resides.

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[1] ESG Data Management Survey, April 2021, commissioned by HPE


About Omer Assad

Omer Asad is vice president and general manager of primary storage in the HPE Storage & Big Data group. In this role, he leads HPE Primera / 3PAR & Data Management Product Management, Nimble Product Management and the Nimble Support teams. In addition, Omer is responsible for driving the Next-Gen strategy and overall business plan for our primary storage business. Omer holds a Master of Science in Computer Science from Duke University. He is based in San José, California.

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