Bob Madaio

Bimodal IT: Take A Step Toward a Software-Defined Future

Blog Post created by Bob Madaio Employee on Apr 28, 2016

Today, amid increasingly frequent stories of digital upstarts disrupting companies with proven records of success (note: I will not use Uber or Airbnb examples, wait… darn!), CEOs (and thus CIOs) of well-established companies are seeking answers to a common question: How do we digitally transform to survive and thrive in this rapidly changing world?


Before the digital revolution that’s clearly underway, there used to be a sense that incremental improvements would win the race for long-term success and that a focus on core values of stability alone could see you through rough waters. That was in the day of “the big eating the small.”  But times have clearly changed, with us all living in a world where “the fast eat the slow.”


So Digital Transformation initiatives are underway at companies large and small as reinvention becomes an equal partner to evolution. Among the IT challenges that this raises, one is clear: The need to modernize IT services delivery. Today’s competitive businesses struggle with how they can afford to expand their IT services portfolio to tap into cloud agility while continuing to maintain the traditional IT platforms that, in no small part, have contributed to their rise to prominence.


The VMware and Hitachi Data Systems partnership is focused on the solution – providing enterprises with a single architectural approach that will capitalize on this dual nature of IT services delivery.


Bimodal IT Defined

BiModal.pngRecognizing the underlying trend toward the modernization of (core) systems of record while balancing aggressive investment in new systems of innovation, analyst firm Gartner has coined the term “Bimodal IT” to describe “the practice of managing two separate, coherent modes of IT delivery, one focused on stability and the other on agility. Mode 1 is traditional and sequential, emphasizing safety and accuracy. Mode 2 is exploratory and nonlinear, emphasizing agility and speed.” [Gartner]


On the surface, these two priorities may appear as divergent paths, destined to force hard choices upon any IT organization trying to keep equal footing in each. But with the right strategic approach supported by the right IT infrastructure solutions, enterprises can address both modes simultaneously, attaining unmatched agility while also increasing their operational efficiency.


A Bold Vision for the Software-Defined Future

At VMware and Hitachi Data Systems, we know the future is cloud-first – bringing flexibility to core infrastructure and enabling faster service delivery of new initiatives. HDS has embraced the concepts of IT convergence and modern IT infrastructure as core to its solution and product development efforts to enable a vision of software-defined, application-led infrastructure. At the same time, VMware’s “One Cloud, Any Application, Any Device” model is spreading the power of “software-defined” throughout the public and private sectors to accelerate radical innovation in all industries. And together, VMware and HDS jointly engineer and bring to market best-in-class IT infrastructure solutions that make these cloud-based advances possible.


Mastering Bimodal IT Through the Software-Defined Data Center

For most established enterprises seeking to stake their own claim to this bold-look future, modernizing core IT applications is a first step down the path of Bimodal IT. Their journey starts by embracing a private cloud architecture built on the principles of the software-defined data center (SDDC), wherein all data center components are abstracted via virtualization and governed by centralized management and automation tools.


No traditional business can play to obsolete their traditional platforms constructed to deliver mission-critical applications enterprise-wide. Nor should they. The push to expand into the realm of cloud and automation need not, and should not, come at the expense of the support or infrastructure underlying vital traditional platforms. The good news? The SDDC model offers enterprises a Bimodal approach by allowing some workloads to move into the cloud now while modernizing service delivery of the most mission-critical workloads via a private cloud infrastructure that leaves options open for the future.


Integrated Systems: Cloud Agility at a Comfortable Pace 

To simplify their incremental approach to private cloud, enterprises should look to integrated systems  – converged and hyper-converged infrastructure options – engineered, configured and tested to provide the availability, security and performance required to deliver business workloads to end users. Integrated systems are packaged to offer the flexibility and scalability needed to migrate workloads to the cloud at a pace dictated by changing business needs. The HDS Unified Compute Platform for vSphere (UCP for vSphere) family of integrated systems leverages best-in-class hardware and software technology to deliver maximum performance, reliability and utilization to address the full range of workloads, and the UCP family features options designed specifically for a “start small and pay as you grow” private cloud approach.


UCPDirector2.jpgCentralized Management: The Key to Operational Efficiency

While converged and hyper-converged infrastructure is essential to simplifying private cloud deployment, the key to unlocking the greatest possible operational efficiency while expanding into the cloud is the management and automation toolset controlling all data center components – traditional and cloud; component-based or integrated. Enterprises should partner with infrastructure solutions providers that can offer single-point-of-management for visibility across the full data center. The UCP for vSphere family features UCP Director, the management, orchestration and automation tool-set leveraging integrations into VMware vCenter to provide end-to-end visibility of the entire data center infrastructure, inclusive of both traditional platforms and new cloud-based solutions.


VMware and Hitachi Data Systems: Proven Leadership to Solve the Bimodal IT Dilemma

Integration between key pillars of your infrastructure is critical to abstracting and automating your data management solutions, while providing maximum access to critical business data. To achieve this, software solutions must seamlessly blend together and exploit the features of the underlying hardware to maximize value and simplify management.


Enduring for more than a dozen years, the VMware and Hitachi Data Systems strategic partnership has emerged as a leader in helping enterprises capitalize on today’s Bimodal IT reality. Working with trusted partners is critical to driving toward success in managing the IT modernization that will be necessary to support the demands of tomorrow’s digital businesses.


To learn more about the VMware and Hitachi Data Systems joint point of view on transitioning to a cloud-first model through Bimodal IT, download the white paper Bimodal IT Conquered: What to Look for in an IT Infrastructure Solutions Provider.