An Enterprise Cloud is no longer simply a trendy option for proper technology management; an Enterprise Cloud is a must. As businesses move aggressively toward this path through the adoption of public cloud solutions, it’s critical that corporate IT organizations figure out a way to successfully deploy a private cloud that works in conjunction with the public cloud to create an Enterprise Cloud. During this push toward Enterprise Cloud, today’s IT organizations have many other critical work-streams to manage. Why waste valuable time searching for infrastructure services when the proven answer is already out there? Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) is the proven way to break out of legacy technology management and move onto an Enterprise Cloud.
Here are 5 reasons why:
1. Hyper-Converged Was Invented for The Cloud
Why continue to use old traditional three-tiered architecture to build an enterprise cloud when a new and improved way of deploying infrastructure services has been invented? While core IT organizations have been struggling to create private cloud solutions for years, companies like AWS, Google, Facebook, and Azure have leap-frogged into the future, providing solutions that deliver better service levels with greater flexibility and availability at a fraction of the cost. How did they accomplish this? They had the foresight and innovation to think outside the box creating a new solution designed specifically for their needs. The foundation of this new world resides on Hyper-Converged Infrastructure. HCI was created from scratch with its sole purpose being to produce infrastructure services to be utilized by cloud computing.
2. Three-Tiered Architecture Has Proven to Fail
Gartner’s Tom Bittman documented that 95% of the private clouds deployed have failed. One of his key identifiers for these struggles was companies are using the wrong technologies to deploy their on-premise solutions. If you want to create an Enterprise Cloud environment, you need to use Hyper-Converged Infrastructure to host your private cloud. Why continue trying to fit the round peg into the square hole? Instead, use the right tool for the job: Hyper-Converged Infrastructure. Without HCI you won’t be able to keep up with the public cloud offerings or be able to integrate with them. Innovation will cease to exist and your IT solutions will become stale and outdated.
3. HCI is the Current and Future of Infrastructure Services
Gartner, Inc., anticipates HCI solutions will go from a $0 market in 2012 to a $5 billion market by 2019. Forrester, Inc., estimates the public cloud market will grow from the $58 billion reported in 2013 to $191 billion industry by the year 2020. When you include the fact that market analysis from Wikibon is projecting traditional enterprise storage sales to decline 16% annually, the writing is on the wall: the solution has arrived and Hyper-Converged Infrastructure is it.
The public cloud sector has already proven that HCI can support the workloads and is stable enough to be used to deliver mission-critical IT services. It allows them to continue to innovate, adapt, and grow at a rate traditional IT organizations just can’t. Your business leaders expect you to deliver IT services with the same abilities at a similar cost which cannot be done without the use of HCI.
4. Stop Wasting Time on Non-Value Add IT
Deploying core infrastructure services is no longer a complicated or highly skilled task. Virtual machines, containers, and cloud solutions are all commodity based available on-demand in true cloud-like fashion. Deploying an operating system with AWS or Azure is as simple as pressing a few buttons and waiting a few minutes. An operating system, container, or run-time needs to be a pre-configured and an on-demand entity. There is no value to the business in delivering these, they just need to exist. The value IT needs to deliver is in the configuration and usability of these into solutions for your business. Don’t waste time and money trying to reinvent what already exists. Instead, dedicate your resources toward creating IT solutions that will enable innovation, drive revenue, and improve services within your organization.
5. Hyper-Converged Equals GREEN
Don’t we all want to produce a greener, more eco-friendly environment? Really what we want is a smaller footprint and lower cooling and power costs. HCI will deliver that for you. In a recent project, BreakFree was able to design an HCI solution that will condense a company’s data center requirements by over 150%, reducing operating costs by thousands of dollars a month. This can’t be done with traditional three-tiered architecture, only with the density and efficiency HCI can provide.
The Writing Is On the Wall
In summary, if you hold onto the old ways of deploying infrastructure, work with technologies whose only intention is to keep status quo in place, then an enterprise cloud will elude you. Hyper-Converged Infrastructure is the proven path to an Enterprise Cloud. It’s time to embrace the change that has already arrived.
Authored by Robert Wilson of BreakFree Solutions