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The Right Mix: Transforming to a
Hybrid IT Infrastructure
How to define, power, and optimize your right mix of IT

The Right Mix: Transforming to a Hybrid IT Infrastructure Table of contents 3 Introduction 3 4 5 Competitive challenges businesses face today External forces Internal forces 6 Business consequences of doing nothing 7 8 9 10 The solution to today’s challenges: an open. hybrid infrastructure strategy Define your right mix Power your right mix Optimize your right mix 11 Hybrid Infrastructure Use Cases 13 Conclusions .

A hybrid infrastructure strategy needs to define your right mix of cutting edge infrastructure. Product lifecycles are shorter. businesses need to respond faster to changing market conditions.The Right Mix: Transforming to a Hybrid IT Infrastructure Page 3 Introduction Enterprises move at a faster pace today than ever before. Time to market is compressing. it takes too long to get access to needed IT services. However. The main advantage of implementing a hybrid infrastructure solution is the ability to provision infrastructure and applications in minutes. and change—or become yet another industry name that went out of business because they couldn’t or wouldn’t embrace change. To accelerate their businesses. Yet many times. A solution that focuses on a hybrid infrastructure design is the top choice of many mid to large enterprises. power your right mix with the best internal and external resources and optimize your right mix with leading management tools to ensure success every step of the way. which delays the development and release of critical. IT departments are typically not providing technology leadership to support business innovation. Product designs are more complex. To combat this challenge. reduced costs. Dozens of new marketing channels have arisen and even new sales channels are needed to be competitive. enterprises are seeking to implement the right mix of cloud and traditional IT infrastructure. and IT costs are out of alignment with the business. innovative applications. Benefits include increased IT productivity. Although the advantages and benefits of cloud are well-known. Shadow IT continues to be an issue. A whole new set of external and internal forces are driving enterprises to respond. Lastly. the challenge of weaving it into an existing IT environment is not always easy. Minefields can be waiting at every turn. describe how the cloud can help businesses respond faster to changing market conditions and demonstrate how a business can use the cloud to maintain technology leadership. Competitive challenges businesses face today The business environment today is more competitive than it has ever been. The purpose of this paper is to explain the basics of a hybrid infrastructure strategy using cloud resources. the consequences of not acting far outweigh the risks and costs of doing nothing. and a further shift of funding from a capital expense to an operating expense model. adapt. . causing the move to cloud computing to be complex and risky. typical use cases will be detailed to provide the reader with concrete examples of how companies today are using hybrid infrastructure to accelerate their businesses. The challenges mid to large global enterprises and service providers face are compounded by the ease of entry into markets by new players that can move at a faster pace than entrenched companies. thereby speeding innovation and growth. which increases agility and scalability.

but they have now lost significant market share to a company that was virtually unknown a few short years ago. Honeywell was the de facto. These examples also highlight the Idea Economy—where businesses are in a fast-moving. relentless state of disruption and those who can envision a better. industry. Their competitors who owned their respective markets are still scrambling to recover their former stature. Examples of new and disruptive business models are all around us. Both of these examples focus on companies that did not look to see what the leading competitor was doing first and then emulate it. New business models have arisen and big data is paramount to knowing and responding to customers’ wants and needs. External forces The exponential growth of connected devices is having a dramatic effect on how technology is bought. or smarter way to do things will succeed. The Internet of Things has created an explosion of devices. secured. premier home thermostat control in the industry. and managed. a safe ride and a hassle-free fare. but they also made the scheduling process so intelligent that the thermostat creates its own schedule based on heuristics. Taxi services are struggling to offer an experience and price that comes even close to Uber. This in turn is redefining how applications are written and how fast they are delivered. simpler. organizing. .The Right Mix: Transforming to a Hybrid IT Infrastructure Page 4 External Forces Are Disrupting Businesses and Government The Idea Economy New. and making use of this data is critical to the success of any enterprise and the products/services they produce. Explosion of Devices Turning ideas into new products or services has never been easier No business. No industry is immune to disruption. These are companies that completely embraced new business models to deliver services and products that never existed before. Companies must have a vision combined with technical agility as well as embrace the latest IT ideas and tools in order to quickly turn ideas into a reality—or risk becoming irrelevant. Uber’s ride-sharing instantly connects drivers with riders and offers both parties what traditional cab services would not offer. relentless state of disruption and those who can envision a better. Disruptive Business Models Internet of Things. or government is safe Cloud is redefining how applications and devices are written and delivered Businesses are in a fast-moving. or smarter way to do things will succeed. Nest reinvented the thermostat and gave customers not only the ability to monitor and control one of the biggest energy costs in a home. Traditional IT infrastructures are no longer able to support this swift and innovative model of product development. simpler. Collecting.

workforces using shadow IT resources to meet departmental and market demands. The interoperability between architects. Data management. security. risk. Even worse. creating a slow (or complete lack of) response to the needs of internal and external customers. higher business complexity. developers. It’s hard to be on the leading edge of product and service offerings when only 10 percent of an IT budget is left for innovating and implementing a competitive business strategy. and compliance are all under more scrutiny due to increases in hacking and data misuse. governance. These factors place added pressure on companies that strive to deliver products and solutions to market quickly. and compliance initiatives across the organization. and operations is typically poor. and increased focus on accountability are requiring enterprises to pursue a broad range of governance. Developers are the new Kingmakers Shadow IT is everywhere Internal forces Enterprises are particularly affected by internal forces including complex and siloed traditional systems. and developers demanding the right tools to solve problems. almost 90 percent of IT budgets are for existing IT operations. .The Right Mix: Transforming to a Hybrid IT Infrastructure Page 5 Internal Forces Are Pushing You to Evolve IT Technology is business strategy DevOps driving culture shifts Growing regulatory environment.

To be a leader in any industry today. A faster response requires a faster evolution of the product and services creation cycle.The Right Mix: Transforming to a Hybrid IT Infrastructure Page 6 Business Consequences of Doing Nothing Fortune 100 Companies in the Year 2005—Where do they rank today: 68% Fortune 100 32% Not in Fortune 100 One-third of the Fortune 100 companies from 10 years ago have fallen off today’s list Business consequences of doing nothing The consequences of not adapting and taking advantage of the new IT tools available today are huge. an enterprise has to lead not only with their adoption of new ideas and innovation. . Kodak ignored digital photography. The Swiss ignored the quartz watch. Customers and consumers are expecting a more instantaneous response to their needs. Enterprises that choose to do nothing will lose market share to those organizations that embrace the new tools available to them. Employees are already using public cloud computing resources without the knowledge of the companies they work for. The corporate highway is littered with the names of companies who chose to ignore and not act on disruptive technological changes or the simple. Companies are tempted to stick their head in the sand. Bypassing internal IT processes and cost controls is putting enterprise capital at risk as files are stored in places that are too easy to access by unauthorized people and not properly backed-up or secured. Being a late adopter or follower of technological changes has significant negative consequences to companies that previously lead their respective industries. Data vulnerability and loss of control is also a risk for businesses who do not respond to today’s new technologies. ignoring internal and external forces that will lead to their inevitable market irrelevance. DEC ignored Linux® and commodity processors in their servers. but must also be early adopters of the technological tools that help them bring their products and services to market faster and at less cost. ever-pressing move to the commoditization of technology.

hybrid infrastructure strategy The advantages and benefits gained from private and public cloud computing are compelling. It’s imperative that enterprises develop a sound strategy and plan that incorporates both private and public cloud computing resources in the right places while integrating with traditional processes and systems. hybrid infrastructure strategy that combines defining their right mix. powering their right mix and optimizing their right mix to get maximum value and benefit from a combination of assets—each one best suited to the specific problem. The solution to today’s challenges: an open. compliance. private and public clouds End-to-end open enterprise technology. hybrid infrastructure strategy Define Your Right Mix Power Your Right Mix Optimize Your Right Mix Expertise to help you build your architecture spanning traditional IT. software and services to build or consume your cloud services Effective administration of a multi-cloud environment.The Right Mix: Transforming to a Hybrid IT Infrastructure Page 7 The Solution to Today’s Challenges: an open. . security. and performance Companies need to focus on implementing an open. the potential consequences of not doing so are devastating.

confidentiality • Availability and reliability • Corporate IT standards • Contractual terms and conditions Knowing the answer to these requirements for an application will determine the ideal deployment: which platform. Define your right mix The first step in deploying an optimal hybrid infrastructure strategy is to define your right mix of information technology—including private cloud. Virtually all enterprise companies are starting with a legacy of traditional hardware. blending hybrid cloud with traditional IT. public cloud and traditional IT. Determining where to begin defining the right mix of infrastructure depends on where a company is starting from.The Right Mix: Transforming to a Hybrid IT Infrastructure Page 8 There is a Right Mix for You Goal is to Optimize for the Right Mix of Traditional IT. security. a company needs to look at each application in its production inventory and analyze where that application would best be deployed based on the following: • Cost to migrate • Cost to operate • Regulatory requirements • Geo-political requirements • Performance requirements • Security. unchanging demand profile. Hybrid infrastructure combines traditional deployments with public and private cloud resources. and which partners to work with. To determine your right mix. applications that are not economically or technically feasible to move into a cloud platform. Public cloud is ideal for temporary workloads or workloads that have large variances in demand. To define the right mix. each application needs to be deployed on the best platform weighed against its cost. etc. . Private cloud is ideal for workloads that have specific security or compliance requirements or that require specific hardware to meet performance expectations. and they typically have some cloud-based solutions that have sprung up over the years. where to deploy. 19% Public Cloud (IaaS and SaaS) Statistics provided by 451 Research. Traditional IT is best for supporting legacy applications. regulatory compliance. and other criteria. and for applications that have a very steady. performance. performance. Private. cost. increase agility 26% Non-cloud • Simplify management complexity • Reduce shadow IT 47% Private • Deploy workload to the most appropriate environment Cloud: On-premises and hosted 9% Hybrid • Optimize placement for security. Private and Public Cloud What Will the Right Mix of Hybrid IT Do for Your Enterprise? Enterprises are Moving to Public. and Hybrid Clouds • Reduce cost.

Partners that can bring cloud-skilled professional services with deep expertise in open source technologies are vital. Any enterprise. will not have all of the skills. Infrastructure. no matter how large. data management. When creating a hybrid infrastructure environment. This is a critical step in creating a sustainable hybrid IT environment.The Right Mix: Transforming to a Hybrid IT Infrastructure Page 9 Power Your Right Mix Traditional IT Virtualization  Automation Private Clouds Build On-Premises Managed Clouds Global Public Clouds Hybrid  Infrastructure Consume Off-Premises Built on Open Standards and Open Source Power your right mix After defining your right mix. It’s critical to select and deploy the best solutions and right partners that have solutions-focused. make sure your private cloud can directly integrate with your traditional environment. services. an enterprise can set the standards. Finding a partner with the expertise to help a customer plan and implement their cloud environment is paramount. the second part of implementing a hybrid infrastructure strategy is powering the right mix by implementing the strategy with the right hardware. By doing this. such as using OpenStack® for the cloud operating system. end-to-end enterprise IT expertise that match the enterprises’ defined hybrid infrastructure and hybrid cloud standards. and resources to implement and manage this complex. APIs and other features ensure enterprises are not locked into proprietary solutions. but also for a match to the standards and criteria set by the enterprise’s private cloud implementation. It takes significant expertise to make a hybrid infrastructure work together properly. and performance in order to effectively implement these types of comprehensive solutions. . hybrid infrastructure strategy. services. The next step in powering your right mix is to identify and start utilizing public cloud services that meet application requirements appropriate for public cloud. support. An experienced partner must also be able to help with the business process change. A private cloud running the appropriate applications is a great place to start powering your right mix. Partners should also be certified in security. and partnerships. and partners need to be backed by global services. Microsoft® Azure and Amazon AWS are good choices to start with and are partners of Hewlett Packard Enterprise. and a partner ecosystem. These services can then be selected not just on application fit. which is often a far bigger issue than the technology—and one that needs to be addressed early on. not just a hybrid cloud solution. The right partners will help offer a more unified view of the overall hybrid infrastructure environment both for IT management and end-users of the hybrid IT environment. knowledge. including the IT management tools. Standards such as supported open cloud operating systems and management tools. This also helps further define your right mix. that will be required for future cloud services.

Optimize your right mix The third and final part of the right mix is optimizing your right mix. applications. and contractual standards. developers. Corporate compliance demands a way of enforcing corporate policies in regards to data security. ITAR as well as government regulations around data sovereignty are critical as well. and contractual standards. users. and optimize resources across a complex open hybrid infrastructure. PCI. and compliance required by the application and enterprise. increasing utilization of resources and providing protection from security breaches. . Optimizing your right mix should include the security. governance. The service catalog should present the options and differences of the services in an easy to understand manner. reduced risks. IT organizations need to offer private and public cloud services that appear uniform to the customer including the APIs that drive the services. It should regulate workloads and user access. They also need a way to virtually move assets from the traditional environment to the private cloud as resources are freed up. Optimizing your right mix is the ability to deliver effective administration of multi-cloud environments. Users should be able to seamlessly access the full complement of hybrid infrastructure resources specific to their job requirements. The resulting benefits are lowered costs. confidentiality. confidentiality. The service catalog should present to each audience (QA. The advantages of optimizing your right mix are numerous and include delivering greater efficiency. Divisions within a corporation also have important cloud requirements. and greater productivity for the entire organization. and security. Systems administrators must be able to easily manage existing traditional IT resources as well as private and public cloud resources from a single pane of glass. data. Enforcement and compliance to industry regulations like HIPAA. provide on-demand provisioning of applications and workloads. ensuring compliance with industry and governmental requirements. workload migration. meeting service level agreements. compliance. testers) only the cloud and traditional IT resources that is right and approved for their function.The Right Mix: Transforming to a Hybrid IT Infrastructure Page 10 Optimize: Ensure 100% Visibility and Control across Your Right Mix of Hybrid Infrastructure Effective Management of Hybrid Cloud • Performance management to meet SLAs • Data locality management for performance and protection • Security/compliance to meet regulatory requirements • Services cost visibility for efficient usage and placement • Capacity management to maximize utilization • Open architecture provides greater agility and flexibility • Infrastructure management for issue prevention and rapid resolution Corporate compliance demands a way of enforcing corporate policies in regards to data security.

In other cases. This is the most common use case and has the most impact for increasing innovation. by industry. . applications are modified to work in a cloud environment. Investing in Different Private and Public Cloud Mixes Industry Verticals Show a Consistently Strong Private Cloud Mix 23% 33% 27% 19% 77% 67% 73% 81% Public Cloud Public Cloud Private Cloud Manufacturing Public Cloud Private Cloud Private Cloud Retail Telecom Public Cloud Private Cloud Insurance 28% 22% 29% 23% 72% 78% 71% 77% Public Cloud Public Cloud Private Cloud Healthcare Organizations need to define their Right Mix of hybrid infrastructure based on their own strategy. Private Cloud Government Public Cloud Public Cloud Private Cloud Finance/Banking Private Cloud Education Hybrid Infrastructure Use Cases Given all the possibilities to define. experience large variances in demand or aren’t meeting performance expectations are good candidates for moving to the cloud. applications are implemented unchanged. where are the sweet spots for planning and executing an open hybrid infrastructure strategy to reap the greatest possible benefits in the shortest amount of time? Rapid infrastructure provisioning is one of the easiest ways to show benefits for cloud computing. The chart above shows how organizations plan on adopting private and public clouds over the next 2 years. In some cases. improving speed-to-market and increasing agility and scalability. This use case increases agility and scalability. infrastructure-as-a-service resources for deploying production applications and quick expansion of web services are examples of this use case. Development and testing. Traditional applications that need greater scalability. power and optimize your right mix. Hewlett Packard Enterprise commissioned the 451 Research group to survey over 1000 customers around the world about their plans for hybrid infrastructure. Deploying traditional apps to the cloud is the second most common use case.The Right Mix: Transforming to a Hybrid IT Infrastructure Page 11 Major Verticals Shifting Spend Over the Next 2 Years.

Successfully brokering and managing multiple clouds requires a cloud management platform with extensive integration capabilities. many are managing multiple private and/or public clouds. showback/chargeback. or applications that are less expensive to run in a private cloud. applications can be moved between AWS and the private cloud without rewriting the applications. As companies increase their use of hybrid cloud.The Right Mix: Transforming to a Hybrid IT Infrastructure Page 12 Deploying an AWS hybrid cloud is another ideal use case for hybrid infrastructure. . capacity management. enterprises also look for management tools that can manage both their traditional IT and cloud environments. New applications are often developed using cloud native architectures combined with DevOps methodologies to bring applications to market significantly faster. Many enterprises are using AWS because it’s easy to access and seemingly inexpensive. and speed to market. applications that have compliance requirements that cannot be met by AWS. or for an archive and backup. This type of deployment can cut storage costs by 10X—all while increasing agility. Yet some applications are now being moved back to a private cloud for a variety of technical and economic reasons. To simplify operations. they often want better management capabilities such as performance management. By deploying an AWS compliant private cloud. Another popular hybrid infrastructure use case is implementing storage in the cloud for a content repository. Becoming an internal service broker enables an IT organization to manage and optimize services from external service providers. innovation. Developing and deploying cloud-native applications on IaaS/PaaS or for mobile application development can increase application releases by 30X. Implementing tools to operate complex clouds is critical to all use cases. As enterprises increase their adoption of cloud technology. as an enterprise file sync and share. enhanced security and financial management. Ideal candidates for a private cloud include applications that require specific hardware to meet performance expectations. asset management.

“IT in the Midst of Transformation as Enterprises Look to Drive Down Cost and Increase Efficiency. powers your right mix and optimizes your right mix is the answer to remaining competitive and relevant. Companies can no longer take a wait and see attitude to adopting and integrating cloud computing technology into their IT strategy.The Right Mix: Transforming to a Hybrid IT Infrastructure Page 13 Conclusions Building this strategy on a platform of open standards and software provides a future-proof IT deployment. Employees must be empowered with the tools they need to unleash their creative potential. The risks to adopting early are less than the risks of adopting late. Enterprises must get their products and services to market faster than ever before and must be more creative and innovative than their competitors in order to survive. Those enterprises that effectively implement a hybrid IT strategy based on these three principles dramatically increase their odds of success. New tools must be deployed faster and with greater ease—all while keeping costs under control. The advantages are clear and the benefits are now proven.” – 451 Research . Employing and accelerating a hybrid infrastructure strategy that properly defines your right mix.

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