IT teams are embracing multi-cloud environments to deliver cloud-like economics while driving performance and agility for a wide range of workloads. In 2017, 85% of enterprises have a multi-cloud strategy, up from 82% in 2016, according to RightScale’s 2017 State of the Cloud Report.1
Multi-cloud reduces reliance on a single vendor, provides business units with more flexibility and reduces the risk of downtime. By leveraging hybrid cloud as a critical component of their multi-cloud strategies, organizations can transform IT to a modern services-based model that drives innovation.
But how do you get there? Legacy infrastructures with separate silos for compute, storage and networking can be too complex to manage and too costly to upgrade for multi-cloud environments. A modern IT architecture, on the other hand, provides software-defined processes with built-in automation and high reliability. It is quick and easy to scale and provides the agility needed for the multi-cloud era.
Most organizations don’t have the time, personnel and inclination to scrap everything and start all over again. They also have a lot invested in existing infrastructure, which, in most cases, is still doing its job of supporting business-critical applications. But, at the same time, organizations need a path to IT modernization that enables them to embrace the multi-cloud era. For most IT leaders, that path is hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI).
Empowering the multi-cloud era
HCI is native to the cloud era. It combines compute, storage and networking in a single, fully integrated, preconfigured and tested appliance that utilizes a unified management platform that is software-defined and highly automated. In modernizing IT to empower organizations in the multi-cloud era, HCI offers unique advantages that can’t be matched by other infrastructure models, including:
- A building block approach: IT can leverage HCI where it is needed while keeping existing resources in place to support business-critical legacy applications. This way, IT can move at its own pace toward IT modernization, while still enabling business units to leverage a wide range of hybrid and public cloud options, depending upon their requirements. Because HCI automates many labor-intensive manual operations, it frees up IT departments to allocate resources to focus on innovation.
- Speed to market: HCI solutions, such as VxRail from Dell EMC, are extremely simple to deploy because they require just one purchase order, are highly automated and are delivered as fully integrated, preconfigured and fully tested appliances. A Dell EMC VxRail solution typically takes 20 minutes to set up and 5 minutes to scale. Business units and other internal teams, such as DevOps, can rapidly spin up the resources they need on premises while also leveraging the public cloud service of their choice.
- Lower total cost of ownership: One of the advantages of a multi-cloud strategy is that it lets organizations use the appropriate cloud service for specific workloads. This means IT teams and business units can be efficient in choosing public or hybrid clouds to manage costs closely. And by using a pre-packaged solution such as Dell EMC VxRail as the on-premises infrastructure, IT can deliver a total cost of ownership (TCO) advantage of up to 30% over do-it-yourself HCI and a 43% lower cost of serviceability with integrated end-to-end support.
- Reduce risk of downtime, security breaches and compliance violations: Because HCI empowers IT to modernize and automate where necessary, it reduces the risks inherent to a multi-cloud strategy. These risks are more pronounced for organizations that forgo hybrid cloud and rely strictly on public cloud services. Hybrid cloud with HCI gives IT more centralized control over critical areas such as security, disaster recovery, availability, backup and regulatory compliance.
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Multi-cloud is a trend that will continue to gather momentum because of the value it brings to organizations in cost management and speed to market. As organizations embrace multi-cloud strategies, they will increasingly rely on hybrid cloud so IT can maintain control and reduce risk, particularly in areas such as security, recovery, availability, backup and compliance.
HCI provides the fastest, safest, simplest, most flexible and most cost-effective path to the multi-cloud. With HCI, IT has the control it needs to reduce risk and manage costs, while enabling a building-block approach to IT transformation. If multi-cloud is part of your business strategy, it’s time to look at the benefits you can achieve through hyper-converged infrastructure.
1 “RightScale 2017 State of the Cloud Report,” RightScale, Feb. 15, 2017
2 “TCO Study: Dell EMC VxRail vs. DIY HCI Using vSAN ReadyNodes Configuration,” Silverton Consulting, July 2017