The cloud sets the standard when it comes to on-demand agility, elasticity, and as-a-service consumption. Organizations value the simplicity, self-service, and automation capabilities that this experience gives them. As a result, IT admins have been tasked with bringing that experience to their mission-critical apps without sacrificing performance and resiliency.\u00a0\nRecent research from ESG shows that 88% of organizations have a strong desire to bring cloud-native applications on-premises, demonstrating an increasing shift to more and more local applications. These same businesses demand the cloud experience. Which begs the question:\u00a0 How can you get cloud operational agility that\u2019s self-service and on-demand \u2013 via invisible infrastructure \u2013 that anyone can manage from anywhere?\nA few select, on-premises data infrastructure solutions today provide the resiliency, agility, and overall operational experience of the cloud. The most effective solutions satisfy three business requirements.\nRequirement #1: Instantly provision workloads at scale\nWhen your business needs additional storage capacity, you cannot afford to wait. On average, it takes 1.5 days for most enterprise IT organizations to provision storage, as determined by a recent ESG research study.\u00a0 IT admins typically work through spreadsheets to determine the capacity and performance headroom across their storage fleet.\u00a0 Work tickets have to be created and handoffs made manually across the organization to get storage capacity provisioned. It\u2019s an extremely complex and time-consuming task for IT teams, and far from perfect.\nDue to this lengthy provisioning period, developers can\u2019t access the storage capacity at the pace they\u2019re expected to \u2013 the pace they know they could obtain in the cloud. Instead, they find themselves stuck in limbo for a day and a half, delaying application testing and development, subsequently slowing down business momentum.\nWhat organizations need is data infrastructure that enables instant provisioning for IT admins, app owners, and developers \u2013 leveraging AI to optimally determine where data should be stored. A true cloud provisioning model would accelerate the application development cycles demanded by today\u2019s fast paced DevOps and CI\/CD pipeline processes \u2013 without being bogged down by limited provisioning capacity.\nHPE Alletra, powered by Data Services Cloud Console, offers this industry-first capability. Intent-based provisioning lets users instantly provision on-premises storage at scale with the cloud experience. Intent-based provisioning determines where data should be stored across the entire fleet \u2013 with real-time context to resource headroom and app-specific SLAs, optimizing your resources.\u00a0 The AI-driven, self-service console leverages role-based access control \u2013 delivering a true cloud provisioning model for app owners and developers, without the need for storage expertise. It\u2019s time to say goodbye to complex and time-consuming storage provisioning.\u00a0\nRequirement #2: Consume storage as-a-service\nIt\u2019s no secret that your data is constantly growing, but acquiring and integrating more infrastructure at a moment\u2019s notice is a lot to ask. It\u2019s a challenge for your hardware to keep up with the unpredictability of business demands. IT admins are equally challenged to predict what resources they\u2019ll need and how much time it will take to procure, configure, and deploy capacity.\u00a0 Traditional data management can be extremely inefficient, slowing down the business and impeding innovation.\nThe financial burden of traditional infrastructure can also be significant. Large upfront CapEx costs burden your finance teams to manage cash flow. Once again, businesses would typically turn to cloud for an OpEx model that facilitates these payments, leaving more cash available each month for other purposes.\nIT needs to shift from owning and maintaining data infrastructure to simply utilizing it on-demand and as-a-service.\u00a0 Storage-as-a-service solutions free up your cash flow and increase financial agility with flexible consumption. Consumption models that utilize buffered capacity allow you to instantly scale resources without having to worry about unpredictable new resource demands. This in turn saves you time and money \u2013 and frees you to focus on the things that matter most to your business.\nTrue storage as-a-service is available today through HPE Alletra with HPE GreenLake, storage infrastructure with the performance, scale, agility, and efficiency businesses need delivered entirely as-a-service. Cost-effective infrastructure delivered as-a-service offers cloud operations that deploy, provision, manage, and upgrade the on-premises infrastructure \u2013 and the flexibility to elastically scale on-demand.\nRequirement #3: Manage from anywhere\nManaging the lifecycle of on-premises infrastructure is difficult with manual processes.\u00a0 Managing the lifecycle of a fleet of mis-matched on-premises systems in a complex infrastructure can be nearly impossible. For example, an IT administrator of a regional hospital group might manage more than a dozen different hospitals.\u00a0 To check on the capacity for each, the admin would have to VPN into every hospital; in the worst case scenario they would drive to each site regularly to troubleshoot and upgrade services. While software can help reduce the travel requirements, managing the software that handles these activities for on-premises storage can be mind-boggling.\u00a0 Each management tool has separate processes, rules, consoles, and best practices \u2013 a potentially overwhelming scenario for the storage admin.\nCloud-native operations abstract data and infrastructure from the physical infrastructure to eliminate silos and complexity, providing optimum performance in fleets like these. HPE Alletra provides everything you need to manage and monitor your fleet from any location \u2013 at your fingertips. That\u2019s because the cloud-native infrastructure is delivered through HPE GreenLake, meaning your IT admin can control and monitor storage from anywhere, on any device. The cloud-native control plan scales automatically with infrastructure, so managing hundreds of systems across multiple geographies is as simple as managing one, through a SaaS-based console accessible from anywhere \u2013 and on any device.\nThis is especially important in our new distributed way of working, a result of the global pandemic. HPE gives businesses the flexibility (and peace of mind) they need that their systems can always be accessed and monitored, no matter where their IT admins are working: home office, data center, or even the local coffee shop.\u00a0\nNow\u2026create cloud operational agility in your data center.\nGone are the days when one had to sacrifice the simplicity, self-service, automation, and manage-from-anywhere capabilities of the cloud to achieve the resiliency, long-term cost management, and data sovereignty of on-premises.\u00a0 For the first time ever, HPE Alletra powered with Data Services Cloud Console and HPE GreenLake are bringing data innovators, data managers, and IT administrators the cloud operational agility they desire \u2013 right in their own data center. Our world is changing, and it\u2019s time for the infrastructure that supports your business to pivot.\u00a0\nIt\u2019s time to bring the cloud experience to your applications and workloads, wherever your data lives.\nFor a more thorough look visit HPE.com\n ESG Data Management Survey, April 2021, commissioned by HPE\n____________________________________\nAbout Omer Asad\n\nOmer Asad is the Vice President & GM of Primary Storage in the HPE Storage & Big Data group. In this role, he leads HPE Primera\/3PAR & Data Management Product Management, Nimble Product Management, and the Nimble Support teams. In addition, Omer is responsible for driving the Next-Gen strategy and overall business plan for our Primary Storage business.\u00a0Omer holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Duke University. He is based in San Jose, CA.