Aligning IT with the business – exposing the fundamental data center flaw
August 26, 2013
To build upon my previous post, where I shared how the big market shifts – cloud, security, big data, and mobility – are calling for a new style of IT, I’m now going to explore the fundamental data flaw that’s holding IT back.
These major market shifts have accelerated everything, with IT caught up in the center of it all. But IT’s challenges don’t end with the dizzying pace of change. More enterprises are adopting BYOD policies; more applications are demanding broader, faster processing of Big Data; and the CMO is clamoring for more valuable information and analytics. The business is outpacing the data center by leaps and bounds!
Few data centers were designed to accommodate this new speed of business. In fact, many were designed to accommodate the needs of just a single application. And in the race between business needs and data center readiness, the application has become an unintended hurdle.
This makes the fundamental data center flaw quite clear. The underlying data center technologies and the way IT is set up today are not aligned with the way applications need to be built, managed and consumed. In other words, the “build a unique infrastructure-per-app” mentality is simply obsolete.
If they hope to stay competitive, companies no longer have years to plan, nine months to develop version 1.0 of an application and another nine to launch v.2. They can no longer take 10 weeks to deliver a new service. This is what led to the building of over-provisioned and underutilized technology silos that waste time and money, cannot be easily repurposed for changing workloads, and devour limited resources for operations and maintenance.
Times have changed, and time is no longer a luxury. Things need to happen in weeks or even days, not months or years.
The ‘piece part’, ‘stitch it together’ approach is broken. It’s too slow. It’s too costly. And it doesn’t scale.
These are exactly the reasons we need a new style of IT powered by infrastructure convergence. And the reasons HP Converged Infrastructure solutions are designed with the applications in mind. In this way, data centers are able to turn the application hurdles into turnstiles of flowing data; turn on a dime when needed; and stay ahead of the demands of the business.
This last point is where IT will be paramount in the evolving digital age, where turning information into valuable insight will be critical. IDC forecasts a 30x per year per app increase in frequency of application updates and 50-fold growth in the digital universe from the beginning of 2010 to 20201.The HP app-centric approach is what drives simplicity and speed today, setting up the data center to become the center for innovation and the revenue engine of the enterprise going forward.
All this is why the innovations across the HP Converged Infrastructure solution portfolio start with unique IP that goes deep inside all the critical components (servers, network, storage, management). It’s the secret sauce of convergence, if you will, enabling smarter hardware that can be managed in a frictionless way. It’s the basis for the fast-growing integrated system market that can address all your workloads quickly (delivered by HP with HP Converged Systems). And it’s the way to quickly and easily break down today’s IT silos so you can always be one step ahead of the business.
I invite you to explore more about:
- How HP views the Data Center of the future
- Technology trends that are shaping the enterprise of 2020: www.enterprise2020.com.
- HP Converged Infrastructure
1IDC, “The Digital Universe in 2020: Big Data, Bigger Digital Shadows, and Biggest Growth in the Far East.” Research sponsored by EMC Corp., December 2012
As an HP Preferred Partner and HP Converged Infrastructure Specialist, Long View can help answer your Converged Infrastructure and Data Center questions.