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Finding your own way towards transformation

Today’s businesses are run on real-time decisions, lightspeed access to analysis and information presented in a reliable, friendly manner. Naturally, IT is expected to deliver all of that.

Faced with new requirements, it may be tempting for IT leaders to jump on the latest technology bandwagon, especially when everyone including your competitors are doing the same. However, finding the optimal path, for example, balancing the many workloads in an optimal fashion is not as simple.

It’s a given that enterprises today have to move to a new “As-a-Service” IT consumption to keep pace with changing business needs. However, the way forward can be very different for each enterprise. Each has to balance the needs for security, cost, application performance and control.

Unsurprisingly, it is a difficult challenge to assess the optimal deployment model for workloads, according to 51 per cent of IT decision makers in a recent study by research firm Frost & Sullivan. This is a task that occurs in a complex, often unfamiliar, landscape.

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Things were simpler in the past. With traditional IT, the default configuration was an on-premise deployment. The amount of work that could be done was dependent on the budget allocated and the time needed to procure the hardware.

Today, the availability of the cloud brings unmatched levels of elasticity and scalability. Teams could develop a prototype with new resources provided by a third-party cloud provider. Or they could stretch their budget by using only what they need, at a time when they need it.

Each has its plus and minuses. On paper, things often look ideal. However, running IT infrastructure is not something that is always as straightforward, especially when a business seeks to move fast and address unexpected market changes.

This is where a hybrid IT strategy could provide a balance of security and compliance, total cost of ownership, application performance and control. Finding that optimal point where all these criteria are met enables an enterprise to forge ahead swiftly.

Could a public cloud service provide the security and compliance while still delivering the performance required by the most important apps? Would an on-premise server or private cloud offer control and still retain a reasonable total cost of ownership when it comes time to scale up?

There are no easy answers. For some enterprises, outsourcing non-mission critical workloads such as app development to the public cloud may make sense. Others would prioritise control and prefer to run important workloads such as financial transactions on-premise.

One thing is certain – transplanting the same success from one enterprise to another is not always possible, even if they are from the same industry vertical. There may be many similarities but different workloads may require a mix of cloud and on-premise models, in a hybrid IT deployment.

In other words, there is no one size that fits all. Having the right IT partner with the experience is key to seizing the opportunity with new IT models that fit today’s business world.

Enterprises often need help figuring out which technologies they should invest in and how best to implement them to solve complex business problems.

HPE’s team of 25,000 IT experts around the globe work directly with customers to ensure they have the right technologies, tools and processes to achieve their goals.

By making hybrid IT simple and powering the Intelligent Edge, HPE enables organisations to digitise core operations, innovate new products and services, and deliver better experiences to their customers.

It is true there are a lot more choices today. With that comes important IT decisions that will ultimately impact an enterprise even more deeply. As many embrace the concept of hybrid IT, the biggest challenge and opportunity is finding the right mix to consistently meet changing business situations.

Find out how HPE’s hybrid IT solutions can transform your business.