Modular cloud: bringing a modern cloud experience to all your systems

Consumerisation has shifted expectations around enterprise IT.

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When it comes down to it, the major business challenges whether you're on-prem or cloud-first are cost and complexity. While the public cloud vendors all offer pay per use options based on need, the elasticity of traffic spikes - or additional services, workloads, whatever - can easily spiral out of control. With bare metal, it's a remarkably easy mistake to make to over, or under, provision. It's no wonder that 'hyperconverged' options that drew together network, storage, and compute needs took off so much in recent years. A composable design is a natural draw, allowing customers to build their stack around business IT requirements across the board.

However, arguably this doesn't go far enough. Even with a more simplified environment, teams can still find themselves juggling complexities or having to adjust to steep learning curves - true for any new technology whatever the form it is delivered in. Simplicity is, irrefutably, a core need in today's organisations; staff are limited on time and they have more data and operational requirements to manage than ever before.

Indeed, a recent report from 451 Research declared that the changing nature of enterprise workloads means that the new battleground is in managing complexity - with customers seeking solutions that bring integration between technologies and innovation in delivering them. In particular, one of the major challenges is in the control plane, to reign in unchecked technology sprawl and its consequences in a multi/hybrid-cloud world.

So teams, decision-makers, and businesses have been saddled with requiring more complexity in order to deliver their services more flexibly, but in an operations landscape that demands simplicity.

The drive towards consumerisation everywhere has only cemented this. It's not only consumers in the digital app economy who expect zero downtime, and intuitive and responsive applications - users will write off applications that are hard to use or otherwise pose barriers to entry.

Consumerisation has imposed itself everywhere, and naturally that includes IT staff as well as the employees and customers that they support. Achieving this kind of structural reliability often means re-architecting away from dated legacy solutions and moving towards an outcomes-focused operating model that's centred on business needs. The catch 22 is that building this requires more technology, and so, further complexity.

And that also most likely means investment. But it's possible to aim for this efficient yet simple model while also keeping upfront costs to a minimum. Picking the right provider - one that can support an organisation through this journey end-to-end - is thus important to achieve it.

Bringing together compute, storage, and network under one roof together with a unified view of your clouds in a single operating system can help your organisation build better visibility, transparency, and efficiency into your day-to-day operations.

By extending the user-friendly experience of the cloud to every part of the stack, HPE GreenLake allows users to work in their environments without worrying about the intricacies - and empowers customers to better see, quantify, and realise the value of their spend, avoid over-provisioning, and make the best use of available resources.

To discover more benefits about HPE Greenlake, and how it can help optimise your hybrid cloud environment, click here to visit the HPE website.

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