The digital economy has arrived, and with it customers expect on-demand services as the norm. Can your company’s IT infrastructure power your business and your people to thrive in this new world?
Anywhere, any time, any device is the new mantra, and, as a result, the need for flexibility within the IT environment has never been greater. Being able to deliver the optimal customer experience has become a true driver for all businesses. As such, organizations need to be able to rapidly adjust their offerings to meet customer demands.
Accomplishing this goal, however, often means developing and deploying a host of new apps capable of meeting evolving customer expectations. The dependency on legacy infrastructure and applications – while often necessary – can also serve as a major obstacle to organizations working to meet evolving customer demands and leverage the cloud to advance their operations.
Realistically, organizations need to be able to not only rapidly deploy and manage applications that are increasingly cloud native, but also effectively bridge existing or legacy apps to the cloud, requiring a new, software-defined approach to infrastructure. “Most of us don’t have the luxury to build ‘net new’ applications for cloud-based platforms,” cloud expert David Linthicum writes in TechBeacon. “Instead we must migrate existing or legacy applications to the cloud, and these applications could be between 5 and 20 years old.”
While traditional architecture may fall short in accomplishing this goal, infrastructure modernization can help pave the way to success. It’s time for organizations to embrace the flexibility and efficiency that a modernized hyperconverged infrastructure offers by implementing a solution that supports today’s apps and prepares them for pure cloud in future. This includes leveraging containers, virtual machines and software-defined storage (SDS) in any mix of deployments, across private and public clouds.
Software-defined storage enables hyperconvergence
Specifically, a modern hyperconverged infrastructure is software-based, and combines VMs, containers and storage in one stack. As a result, it’s feasible to leverage hardware already in place, just in a more efficient manner.
Businesses are already turning to containers as an effective, scalable and resilient environment to assist in rapidly developing and deploying the new apps that enable LOBs to meet evolving customer demands. The use of containers also assists in creating workload bundles that are easily transportable to the cloud environment without altering the application.
Fortunately, when embracing a modern hyperconverged infrastructure, organizations can use these same containers to easily package and migrate entire workloads into production. The key difference is that a modern hyperconverged infrastructure uses SDS to draw from a single storage pool with high availability and built-in redundancy. This not only adds protection, but it enables you to take storage performance, efficiency and cost reduction to new levels.
Download this case study on Apptio, the technology business management software company, to learn more about how you can leverage a software-based hyperconverged infrastructure with integrated SDS to drive business growth in today’s digital world.