Benefiting from a Hybrid Infrastructure

Depending on where you are in your cloud journey, there are a number of best practices you can adopt to guide you toward the ultimate goal of establishing a hybrid infrastructure that can keep pace with market changes and business demands.

Over 90 percent of more advanced digital adopters see increased market share and profitability.

This may include the ability to:

Support internally facing DevOps

Cloud-enabled DevOps allows IT operations and development teams to work in harmony and enhances the implementation of agile methodologies. An HP enterprise customer applies DevOps to streamline app testing and lifecycle management. As a result, production apps are higher quality and perform better.

By leveraging what developers and testers do as they build code and move it forward, the company gets the benefit of their expertise and best practices in operations. This allows two separate disciplines to work in the same space at the same time. The company can architect a solution for an app as it’s moving through the lifecycle, and operations can monitor the app, giving advice to developers and testers. A hybrid infrastructure enables the teams to quickly scale resources up or down to meet changing business needs.

Transition existing workloads to hybrid cloud

To achieve the flexibility of a public cloud and the security of a private cloud, many organisations are turning to a hybrid cloud model.

At an HP enterprise customer, for example, IT has aligned with the business to drive digital transformation and address the company’s collaboration, big data, and mobile technology needs. Along the way, the firm quickly ran into the limitations of a public cloud-only delivery model and realised that a hybrid approach was vital.

This hybrid cloud approach has allowed the company to securely deliver and manage many petabytes of digital data to customers and partners worldwide and enable global digital collaboration, all while dramatically

reducing its data centre footprint and cutting operating expenses. Big Data provides a new opportunity for the firm to provide rich information for better decision-making within the organization, a task beyond the scope of the traditional infrastructure models.

Differentiating through IT functionality

Faster time to production

Rapid deployment of hybrid IT solutions integrated into the existing IT environment helps deliver business agility. A solution pre-built, to customers’ specifications, pre-configured and pre-tested in controlled factory-environment prior to on-site delivery, reduces overall risks and enables faster time to production. Hewlett Packard Enterprise experts provide handover documentation and customer-orientation to complete the implementation process.

Improved operational performance and cost savings

Customers often face challenges while deploying hybrid IT solutions. These may include skill and resource shortages, maintaining current IT operations while implementing new technology, and pressures to bring the new solution online quickly. Moreover, implementations can cause disruptions in your regular IT operations.

The end-to-end streamlined implementation management by Hewlett Packard Enterprise experts reduce disruptions in IT operations, enables savings in cost and resources as your IT resources stay focused on their core tasks and priorities. Thus, improving the operational performance of your IT.

Simplified experience

Implementation of hybrid IT by Softsource and Hewlett Packard Enterprise experts ensures your solutions are deployed to global standards and best practices. Customers experience the hassle-free and seamless deployment of their hybrid IT solutions, with an implementation project manager as their focal contact from start to finish.

Reduce implementation time by up to 50 percent

With an industry-leading portfolio of hybrid IT solutions and over 20 years of experience in deploying hybrid IT solutions, Softsoure and Hewlett Packard Enterprise has a proven record of reducing the overall implementation time by up to 50 percent with pre-integrated solutions customised to client specifications, than the deployment done onsite.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Differentiators

Hewlett Packard Enterprise offers cost-effective implementations with one of the shortest onsite implementation time, leading to higher ROI and faster time to production.

An end-to-end streamlined implementation, managed by Softsource and Hewlett Packard Enterprise experts, ensures your solution is deployed to global standards for best performance and supportability.

Transforming to a hybrid infrastructure—Points to keep in mind - a checklist

This list can help you refine your cloud strategy and start on the path toward transforming to a hybrid infrastructure.

Get a clear picture of your end goal: hybrid cloud.

Most enterprises should aspire to establish a hybrid cloud. Cloud is not one size fits all, and a hybrid model affords the most flexibility. You’ll most likely combine a private cloud for business-critical applications; an enterprise-class public cloud for most other applications, including application development; and a collection of SaaS applications for functions such as CRM and HR.

Locate IT or operational silos that create bottlenecks.

Assess where cloud services—both IT-led and “rogue” implementations—exist in your organization to better understand users’ needs and how you can integrate regulatory and governance requirements.

To increase business agility, manage big data in the cloud.

By storing, synchronising, and analysing data in the cloud, you gain scalability, cost savings, and distributed processing for faster performance. Not having to move data over the network means lower latency rates, coupled with the flexibility to spin up resources on an as-needed basis to meet spikes in demand.

Identify the players.

Determine what services the business needs and expects so you can proactively work toward providing them (through the cloud or otherwise), as opposed to sitting by as lines of business go around IT to external cloud service providers. You may have to think outside the cloud, considering big data or mobility, for example, because they’re all intertwined. It would be beneficial to sit down with a Softsource data specialist, to go over the questions you’re asking of the data and see if that’s the right data you need to be using to get the answers you need.

Integrate security in a holistic way.

While a hybrid cloud approach assumes security is a priority, you must never lose sight of the fact that—unlike “closed” legacy systems—cloud by its nature increases access and flexibility to systems, services, and data. Your security architecture must account for this.