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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 .

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

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

developers. 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 operations is typically poor. and compliance are all under more scrutiny due to increases in hacking and data misuse.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. and compliance initiatives across the organization. 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. These factors place added pressure on companies that strive to deliver products and solutions to market quickly. and increased focus on accountability are requiring enterprises to pursue a broad range of governance. governance. . and developers demanding the right tools to solve problems. security. risk. workforces using shadow IT resources to meet departmental and market demands. higher business complexity. almost 90 percent of IT budgets are for existing IT operations. Data management. The interoperability between architects. creating a slow (or complete lack of) response to the needs of internal and external customers. Even worse.

To be a leader in any industry today. Data vulnerability and loss of control is also a risk for businesses who do not respond to today’s new technologies. Employees are already using public cloud computing resources without the knowledge of the companies they work for. Being a late adopter or follower of technological changes has significant negative consequences to companies that previously lead their respective industries. ever-pressing move to the commoditization of technology. 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. The corporate highway is littered with the names of companies who chose to ignore and not act on disruptive technological changes or the simple. 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. The Swiss ignored the quartz watch. Customers and consumers are expecting a more instantaneous response to their needs. Kodak ignored digital photography. A faster response requires a faster evolution of the product and services creation cycle. Companies are tempted to stick their head in the sand.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. DEC ignored Linux® and commodity processors in their servers. an enterprise has to lead not only with their adoption of new ideas and innovation. Enterprises that choose to do nothing will lose market share to those organizations that embrace the new tools available to them. ignoring internal and external forces that will lead to their inevitable market irrelevance. .

security. the potential consequences of not doing so are devastating. The solution to today’s challenges: an open. hybrid infrastructure strategy that combines defining their right mix. 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. 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. software and services to build or consume your cloud services Effective administration of a multi-cloud environment. and performance Companies need to focus on implementing an open. . compliance.The Right Mix: Transforming to a Hybrid IT Infrastructure Page 7 The Solution to Today’s Challenges: an open. hybrid infrastructure strategy The advantages and benefits gained from private and public cloud computing are compelling. 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.

performance. each application needs to be deployed on the best platform weighed against its 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. Hybrid infrastructure combines traditional deployments with public and private cloud resources. Virtually all enterprise companies are starting with a legacy of traditional hardware. where to deploy. and other criteria. and they typically have some cloud-based solutions that have sprung up over the years. Private. etc. performance. and for applications that have a very steady. and Hybrid Clouds • Reduce cost. unchanging demand profile. To define the right mix. security. 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. applications that are not economically or technically feasible to move into a cloud platform. 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. Traditional IT is best for supporting legacy applications. public cloud and traditional IT. and which partners to work with.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. regulatory compliance. Public cloud is ideal for temporary workloads or workloads that have large variances in demand. To determine your right mix. 19% Public Cloud (IaaS and SaaS) Statistics provided by 451 Research. Determining where to begin defining the right mix of infrastructure depends on where a company is starting from. 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. Private and Public Cloud What Will the Right Mix of Hybrid IT Do for Your Enterprise? Enterprises are Moving to Public. cost. blending hybrid cloud with traditional IT. Private cloud is ideal for workloads that have specific security or compliance requirements or that require specific hardware to meet performance expectations.

This also helps further define your right mix. A private cloud running the appropriate applications is a great place to start powering your right mix. the second part of implementing a hybrid infrastructure strategy is powering the right mix by implementing the strategy with the right hardware. Infrastructure. Standards such as supported open cloud operating systems and management tools. It takes significant expertise to make a hybrid infrastructure work together properly. It’s critical to select and deploy the best solutions and right partners that have solutions-focused. When creating a hybrid infrastructure environment. Partners should also be certified in security. 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. knowledge. 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. Any enterprise. and partnerships. an enterprise can set the standards. make sure your private cloud can directly integrate with your traditional environment. such as using OpenStack® for the cloud operating system. An experienced partner must also be able to help with the business process change. 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. not just a hybrid cloud solution. Partners that can bring cloud-skilled professional services with deep expertise in open source technologies are vital. support. APIs and other features ensure enterprises are not locked into proprietary solutions. . no matter how large. services. Microsoft® Azure and Amazon AWS are good choices to start with and are partners of Hewlett Packard Enterprise. but also for a match to the standards and criteria set by the enterprise’s private cloud implementation. This is a critical step in creating a sustainable hybrid IT environment. including the IT management tools. and a partner ecosystem. By doing this. Finding a partner with the expertise to help a customer plan and implement their cloud environment is paramount.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. that will be required for future cloud services. will not have all of the skills. and partners need to be backed by global services. and resources to implement and manage this complex. and performance in order to effectively implement these types of comprehensive solutions. data management. services. end-to-end enterprise IT expertise that match the enterprises’ defined hybrid infrastructure and hybrid cloud standards. hybrid infrastructure strategy.

reduced risks. Users should be able to seamlessly access the full complement of hybrid infrastructure resources specific to their job requirements. developers. testers) only the cloud and traditional IT resources that is right and approved for their function. increasing utilization of resources and providing protection from security breaches. The advantages of optimizing your right mix are numerous and include delivering greater efficiency. and optimize resources across a complex open hybrid infrastructure. Divisions within a corporation also have important cloud requirements. users. The service catalog should present the options and differences of the services in an easy to understand manner. IT organizations need to offer private and public cloud services that appear uniform to the customer including the APIs that drive the services. The service catalog should present to each audience (QA. Optimizing your right mix should include the security. applications. They also need a way to virtually move assets from the traditional environment to the private cloud as resources are freed up. provide on-demand provisioning of applications and workloads. ensuring compliance with industry and governmental requirements. governance. PCI. and contractual standards. meeting service level agreements. 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. and compliance required by the application and enterprise.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. It should regulate workloads and user access. Optimizing your right mix is the ability to deliver effective administration of multi-cloud environments. confidentiality. Optimize your right mix The third and final part of the right mix is optimizing your right mix. Corporate compliance demands a way of enforcing corporate policies in regards to data security. and greater productivity for the entire organization. and security. ITAR as well as government regulations around data sovereignty are critical as well. . The resulting benefits are lowered costs. compliance. and contractual standards. workload migration. Enforcement and compliance to industry regulations like HIPAA. data. confidentiality.

The Right Mix: Transforming to a Hybrid IT Infrastructure Page 11 Major Verticals Shifting Spend Over the Next 2 Years. In other cases. Traditional applications that need greater scalability. applications are implemented unchanged. by industry. . Hewlett Packard Enterprise commissioned the 451 Research group to survey over 1000 customers around the world about their plans for hybrid infrastructure. 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. improving speed-to-market and increasing agility and scalability. This use case increases agility and scalability. applications are modified to work in a cloud environment. power and optimize your right mix. This is the most common use case and has the most impact for increasing innovation. 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. In some cases. Development and testing. The chart above shows how organizations plan on adopting private and public clouds over the next 2 years. Deploying traditional apps to the cloud is the second most common use case. 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. infrastructure-as-a-service resources for deploying production applications and quick expansion of web services are examples of this use case.

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

” – 451 Research . 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.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. 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. Companies can no longer take a wait and see attitude to adopting and integrating cloud computing technology into their IT strategy. powers your right mix and optimizes your right mix is the answer to remaining competitive and relevant. Employing and accelerating a hybrid infrastructure strategy that properly defines your right mix. The advantages are clear and the benefits are now proven. Those enterprises that effectively implement a hybrid IT strategy based on these three principles dramatically increase their odds of success. “IT in the Midst of Transformation as Enterprises Look to Drive Down Cost and Increase Efficiency. New tools must be deployed faster and with greater ease—all while keeping costs under control.

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