The end-to-end enterprise technology market has moved from traditional IT to cloud to intelligent edge. \u201cWe believe the consolidation of this horizon will lead us to era of autonomous datacentre - the datacentres which will not be necessarily what we see today,\u201d said Alain Andreoli, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Hybrid IT Group, HPE in an exclusive interaction with CIO India. On an India visit; he talked about HPE\u2019s overall business strategy and how hybrid IT fits in to the modern IT infrastructure.\n\nHybrid IT is a broad industry term that is often over-hyped by technology vendors. With many organizations still in the cloud 1.0 era, how would the gap narrow for companies to become truly hybrid?\n\nThe customers today not only need to deliver current apps but also build the new products as part of this hybrid IT world. There will be hordes of data from the edge into their datacentres but more data across public cloud, private cloud, colocation and hence there will be many complexities designing hybrid IT strategy. There will be seventy percent of data at the edge by 2022 as per reports and that will be next revolution after the cloud.\n\n\n\t\t\tAlain\u2019s Bucket List for CIOs & Hybrid IT Blueprint\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\n\t\t\tDo not consider that one size fits all as different tools provide different customer experiences. \n\t\t\t\tTry as many things you can with focus on core apps with highest degree of control. \n\t\t\t\tDeploy some form of private cloud with the flexibility to run different workloads efficiently.\n\t\t\t\tEnsure the pubic cloud has a predictable cost and the flexible path to migrate back if needed.\n\t\t\t\tLearn from the business units on the impact of the edge on business now and in future. \n\t\t\t\tExplore the digitization of company\u2019s products that are more intelligent and hyper connected.\n\t\t\t\n\t\tThe gap can recede only when the IT infra has a data plane that allows the data to move from one point to the other. Till then you have cohabitation between on prem, specialized, private cloud and then some public cloud usage. But these are different workloads infact they are different people like the developers and others working on creating solutions on public cloud and others. The distributed data has to be self-healing with a seamless data orchestration between the core, cloud and the edge. Hence HPE has very high expectation with HPE OneSphere that truly enables hybrid IT.\n\nClouds of different vendors don\u2019t talk to each other for actionable insights on humongous data moving from datacenter to edge in a multi-cloud environment?\n\nI am not sure that the data from different cloud vendors will talk to each other. You will have a translator in the middle that will take the data from the different places and articulate them with a common format. Right now if you go on AWS and Microsoft Azure, they don\u2019t talk to each other.\n\nIt has to be made easier for customers to use multi cloud \u2013 not one but several clouds including their own and they should be able to have the data to decide how much it will cost them and the location of the workloads based on frequency of usage, volume and other parameters. At present, it is not made easy for customers to be open. There are all different proprietary islands and that\u2019s why they are struggling to make IT hybrid at their end. The infra will be truly hydrid when there is single pane of data and the cohabitation of this data takes place.\n\nThe CIOs and IT teams could buy some clouds and IT gear in ad-hoc manner and plonk them together to work?\n\nYou could call that hybrid IT but it does not give all the benefits. The reals benefits come when they are able to understand on how much data and workloads to keep in datacenter and we have number of offerings for the same. It\u2019s important for them to know what to keep on prem and what they want to do off prem including at the edge today and more importantly in the future.\n\nIt will become more difficult for customers to compute and analyze the workloads close to the edge and send it back to datacenter or let\u2019s call it cloud \u2013 internal and external. Because even with 5G it\u2019s hard to imagine that all data generated from say electric data, robot will migrate directly to the datacenter. Our vision is to help the customers to compute enough at the edge and that\u2019s where the autonomous datacenters comes in.\n\nHPE\u2019s \u2018Make Hybrid IT Simple\u2019 tagline isn\u2019t easy as it sounds because CIOs and ITDMs are grappling to strike an optimal balance between \u2018lights on\u2019 budgets and innovation budgets in the era of digital transformation. Your take?\n\nGlobally we see all the CIOs willingly or unwillingly have to deal with public cloud. If they aren\u2019t trying then they would be playing defense. Initially in US, companies moved to public cloud but when they received the invoices, many moved back to private cloud. There have been calculations like for workloads below x number of servers, it\u2019s eventually cheaper to put workload outside, but higher volume means inside the datacenter is beneficial and economical.\n\n\n\t\t\t\u201cModern CIO is not the chief IT officer but the chief data officer at their company that helps key stakeholders makes business decisions based on data than being an IT organization. We are moving fast from information to data in hybrid world.\u201d\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\n\t\t\tAlain Andreoli, Senior VP & GM, Hybrid IT Group, HPE\n\t\t\t\n\t\tMany CIOs haven\u2019t been able to stabilize the decision point for on prem and off prem because they missed the flexibility bus to help workloads and Apps migrate to and fro from the public cloud. They have the tendency to be central than what\u2019s really going outside at the edge. The public cloud is mostly for Greenfield for enterprise or customers who haven\u2019t built datacenter in first place. The pure enterprise moving from datacentre to public cloud is relatively limited despite lot of fuzz around it.\n\nNow there are \u2018Multiple Buying Centers\u2019 as CDOs, CMOs,LOBs at the organizations have their own budgets and more influence in IT decisions. Has CIO role become less powerful?\n\nHybrid IT makes decisions much more distributed across company\u2019s stakeholders but it makes CIO role as the strategic orchestrator to finalize these choices for the business. More influence and at times choices will be made by business units but CIO will be the person with the IT strategy to guide them towards the right business decision.\n\nCompanies had dedicated budgets (capex), good control with apps on premise because the data was at one place. But now the data is everywhere across three destinations of core, cloud and edge plus the fact the apps can run on SaaS which is much bigger ingredient than IaaS. CIOs have to keep their eyes wide open on choosing the best business model at point of time for given app. HPE has a mission to be the neutral party to really help customers make decision in a way they can quantify, predict their bill and control of data as well.\n\nEveryone is on the bandwagon of Hybrid IT be it traditional tech players like IBM, Dell EMC and new ones like Nutanix. What set you ahead of competition?\n\nWe are services led company with the capability to take our customers agnostically through this transformation both in terms of advisory services and consumption models. HPE Pointnext offers advisory for customers on transformation journey and consumption models for on prem and off prem through HPE GreenLake. OneSphere is the platform for this services approach for on premise and our traditional infra and more specialised for HPC, Big Data, converged, HCI, more compassable for private cloud with HPE Synergy. HPE InfoSight provides self-healing to everything across our extensive stack from Nimble, 3PAR, SimpliVity and other technologies.\n\nWe offer a single data plane allowing customers the flexibility to go everywhere \u2013 across on prem, off prem and at the edge. HPE offers not only best infra but the best self-healing infra that customers will continue to buy from us or from other people in an open environment.\n\nYour best practices\u2019 guide for CIOs to have a successful Hybrid IT blueprint for their company?\n\nDo not consider that one size fits all. The set of tools that you can use are all very different, they are in different stage of evolution, they have a very different cost structure and they provide different customer experiences. Try as many things as you can making sure to keep core apps with the highest degree of control and predictable cost. Solutions that deliver business outcome should remain super critical and high priority for companies.\n\n\n\t\t\t5 Big Trends of 2018 : HPE\u2019S Alain Andreoli\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\n\t\t\t1. The edge will become more important.\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\n\t\t\t2. Stabilization of the market between private and public cloud.\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\n\t\t\t3. Steadying of the rates of IT components.\u00a0 \n\t\t\t\n\t\t\n\t\t\t4. Good economy accelerates investment capabilities by tech OEMs.\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\n\t\t\t5. More innovation from Silicon by different vendors\u2019s products at the systems level.\n\t\t\t\n\t\tHave some form of private cloud to have the flexibility to run different workloads by yourself in a very efficient manner. Make sure whatever put on pubic cloud you are able to predict how much will cost and the flexible path to go back to on prem if needed.\n\nAnd finally, make no mistake, learn from business units on what the future of the edge. Your job will be different as your reply to CFOs and CEOs about cheaper usage of public cloud is easy equation. With the digitization of the products that enterprise used to develop in the past is now becoming intelligent and connected, and hence you should not lose this wave to stay relevant to your job and the industry.\n\nWhat are the chief trends you anticipate in the enterprise world in 2018 that will impact the technology landscape?\n\nThe edge will be much more important. We will see the stabilization of the market between private and public cloud which has happened in past couple quarters. The trial and error as a short time priority by CIOs for workload placement will see more clarity around what moves in the cloud and what stays in DevOps side.\n\nAnother big trend will be the steadying of rates of IT components which has been quite a problem for last few years.\u00a0 Economy is pretty good everywhere than the crisis in the past across few geographies that increase our capabilities for innovation and capability of investments. Lastly, lot of innovation will continue to come from silicon world with emergence of different vendors that allows more innovation at systems level.\n\nYour short pitch for a CIO of a modern and innovative company?\n\nIT is everywhere as we become a digital society and strive to stay in control economically and strategically in terms of security. It\u2019s a new world beyond the walls of the datacenter and what matters is the data. Modern CIO is not the chief IT officer but the chief data officer at their company that helps key stakeholders makes business decisions based on data than being an IT organization. We are moving fast from information to data in hybrid world.