January 1, 2020 ushered in the dawn of a new decade and with it, myriad dreamy-eyed technology predictions and trends. If you’re like me, they may have left you a bit exhausted and disillusioned. Maybe you’re still scratching your head wondering what to make of it all? As I parse fantasy from reality, three trends emerge not only for their impact on infrastructure operations but also for the promise of a better path forward.
1. Hybrid Cloud Environments Increase
Cloud computing continues to grow with an expected uptick in private and hybrid cloud deployments this year. Enterprises need to build solutions that take advantage of on-premises and cloud resources alike.
Digital business architectures blur the lines between the core data center and the cloud. Most companies today are beginning by containerizing and modernizing their applications in the core data center. Then they make them available in hybrid cloud environments. Cloud is business agility. But unfortunately, agility doesn’t mean simple.
Organizations need a solid strategy to leverage in-house technology expertise and the public cloud that delivers the best combination of agility, security and cost efficiency for your data and business applications. The ability to integrate public cloud into your IT strategy provides a competitive edge to respond to market opportunities quicker and be more relevant to customers. Hybrid cloud combines the agility, scale and economics of public cloud with control and visibility of private data centers to deliver the best of both worlds. Furthermore, it helps you optimize the IT investments and drive innovations with modern infrastructure, while ensuring compliance with organizational and regulatory framework.
IT teams are looking for the right solutions to build a future-proofed, data-driven infrastructure for these modern workloads and improved business outcomes. Customers are looking for converged and hyperconverged solutions give that provide a foundation for streamlining application infrastructure initiation, deployment, configuration and operations, to respond faster and focus resources more on business innovation, and less on managing infrastructure. Find out how Hitachi’s portfolio of converged, hyperconverged systems and management software can help. Watch the video here.
2. Automation Strategy Becomes a Priority
Many organizations have adopted a reactionary approach to automation leaving them drowning in a sea of management tools. It is time for them to shift toward a focus on automation strategy ensuring that automation is scalable to digital business needs. According to 451 Research, greater than 50% of organizations are still mired in manual workload and service provisioning processes. In the next two years, 80% of these organizations expect to be automated with some manual exception handling or even fully automated. And organizations utilizing automation are able to provision hardware in minutes and hours; compared to organizations that are still highly manual take an average of weeks or months to provision hardware.
Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Advisor provides complete, secured, end-to-end management and automation for all Hitachi platforms (UCP Converged Infrastructure UCP Hyperconverged, UCP Rack Scale and Cisco and Hitachi Adaptive Solution for Converged Infrastructure) via a single consistent interface. UCP Advisor provides life-cycle management and application policies for infrastructure across multiple workloads (virtualized, bare metal, containers, mission critical applications, big data) for faster and easier deployment and streamlined IT modernization.
Find out how Rabobank achieved a single point of control and greater automation with Hitachi UCP CI and UCP Advisor. Read the case study.
3. Rise in Edge Computing
As more businesses depend upon Internet of Things (IoT) devices to collect and analyze data on location, at the edges of the network. Edge computing creates greater operational efficiency, improved performance and minimizes downtime. Businesses require the ability to easily collect and transfer data between edge, data center and cloud for faster, better decision making.
DataOps for operational agility enables organizations to respond to changing business requirements and improve operational efficiency. While the concept is focused on the advantages of making better use of data, those advantages are achieved through greater operational efficiency and agility. In a recent survey by 451 Research, when asked to name the business benefits anticipated from the use of DataOps for operational agility, 48% of survey respondents cited the ability to drive efficiencies by optimizing infrastructure utilization. Read the full report: “DataOps Unlocks the Value of Data”.
What’s needed is an agile data infrastructure.
Hyperconverged infrastructure leverages software-defined data center elements and provides granularity to scale linearly with predictable performance. For distributed enterprises, compact hyperconverged infrastructure is an ideal solution. It maximizes resource utilization and improves operational efficiency with power and space savings while eliminating the complexity of managing these systems.
Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Hyperconverged (UCP HC) is built on VMware’s highly efficient vSAN software-defined storage (SDS) with built-in data protection and policy-based management. Deployment is easy and you can grow linearly with simple building blocks.
To learn more about how Hitachi Unified Compute Platform systems and solutions can help you address these infrastructure challenges and more, visit our website.