Josh Davis
Josh Davis
Jun. 27, 2017

Hyper-convergence A.K.A The Secret to Aligning Business and IT Goals

Today’s IT groups looking to accelerate IT goals can’t afford to have their resources siloed in specialized deployment environments.  Yet when on premise and data center workloads are managed separately from those located in the cloud, a great deal of time and money is expended by having to upgrade, secure and scale multiple systems each time a request is made to add users, adjust governance rules or expand capacity to meet growing demand.  Worse, this model makes it hard to share data across the organization, fully support mobility or easily shift resources when corporate initiatives change. 

Many IT leaders are looking to implement a hybrid IT computing model to eliminate the complexities and artificial barriers to productivity, growth and agility.  The idea is to create a fluid infrastructure that’s cloud-ready and capable of supporting 100% of a company’s apps and workloads.  In the end, today’s CIOs want to build on-demand infrastructures that respond to business needs in real time.

Speed Time to Value for Business Requests

Market volatility has resulted in a climate in which being the first to launch the next big idea, customer service innovation or productivity solution can mean the difference between leading the pack and falling behind.  So when business leaders ask IT for services, they want instant results and a lack of responsiveness might force them to look outside the business for a solution. This happens so often, that today, 47% of IT spending is now outside of the CIO’s budget.

Align Agendas with Hyper-Convergence

Hyper-convergence accelerates hybrid IT adoption with appliances like the Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) Hyper-Converged System that’s pre-configured with all the compute, storage, VMWare and networking resources needed to support specific workloads.  It eliminates months of time spent on configuring servers and waiting for them to be delivered to get a new project off the ground.  So if a business needs to stand up a new remote office, it can be done in just a few hours. Or if a business unit wants to get a new marketing analytics initiative off the ground, that too take hours not weeks. Want to increase productivity by migrating from Microsoft server-based applications to Microsoft 365? There’s an appliance for that too. 

By knowing how a project’s workload requirements map to a specific HPE Hyper-Converged System, IT can immediately respond to any new request from business leaders without disruption or delay. 

While hyper-convergence speeds time to value for business objectives, it also accelerates IT’s move toward a hybrid environment.  The resources deployed can easily be extended across the infrastructure and up to the cloud to enable a truly composable infrastructure.   More importantly, hyper-convergence can be used to quickly migrate existing workloads to their new hybrid environment.

Want to learn more?  Watch the on-demand webinar to hear Zach Holladay of HPE’s DCA Team, Southeast US AMS Hybrid IT Channels discuss his strategies for speeding time to value in both IT and business projects.