Developing an IT Consumption Model in Traditional Data Centers

Organizations need to move from building IT to consuming IT. Sounds easy, but for a traditional data center, creating a IT consumption model looks like it requires a complete teardown and rebuild of the data center. A consumption model means leveraging environments like OpenStack and Docker, which requires a new set of skills that more than 50% of data centers just don’t have. Then it requires new applications, designed to run in an on-demand reality. The problem is, especially for traditional IT, this leaves the majority of the current infrastructure out in the cold.

An Evolution Not A Revolution

The traditional data center is a bird in flight, it can’t afford to stop flying to undergo the overhaul that an IT consumption model requires. It needs more of an evolution. Virtualization was the first step in that evolution, the ability to create virtual versions of servers, enabled flexibility and mobility that the data center had not seen before. That move was complicated and expensive. Hyperconverged architectures were the next step in IT’s evolution. It simplified the move to flexible IT by converging compute, storage and networking into a single platform.

While some vendors refer to virtualization and hyperconvergence as “cloud computing” these architectures are not really a full manifestation of a cloud architecture. They are a step in the right direction, but don’t provide the agile environment that delivers consumption based IT to organizations. To get there requires the use of true cloud environments that enable not only the virtualization of servers, but the virtualization of applications, a.k.a containers. A true cloud is a self-service, on-demand environment that has a high level of behind the scenes automation responding to user requests.

The Evolutionary Wall

Once organizations get to hyperconverged architectures, they hit a wall. They can “see” the advantages of a true cloud infrastructure but they just can’t get there. They are being held back by their massive investment in legacy applications, which simply can’t be replaced. The other problem is that the components of consumption IT look complicated to assemble.

Breaking Through the Wall

IT needs a hyperconverged solution for cloud, that turnkeys all the components of an on-prem cloud infrastructure (hardware, cloud software, applications), allowing IT to accelerate its transformation. A few of these turnkey systems exist but they are lacking a solution to the first part of the evolutionary wall – the ability to transform legacy applications.

HyperGrid is an example of a company that can solve both of these challenges by providing a turnkey on-premises cloud solution that also transforms existing legacy applications while laying the groundwork for modernized applications. With HyperCloud, the transformation of applications is simplified and can be done without making disruptive code changes using the existing skill sets in an organization.

To see HyperGrid in action, watch the on demand webinar and demo.

In this webinar we explain:

  • Why You Should Containerize Legacy Apps
  • The Use Cases for Containerized Legacy Apps

Watch as we transform a Legacy App to a Modern, Containerized App!

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Eleven years ago George Crump founded Storage Switzerland with one simple goal; to educate IT professionals about all aspects of data center storage. He is the primary contributor to Storage Switzerland and is a heavily sought after public speaker. With over 25 years of experience designing storage solutions for data centers across the US, he has seen the birth of such technologies as RAID, NAS and SAN, Virtualization, Cloud and Enterprise Flash. Prior to founding Storage Switzerland he was CTO at one of the nation's largest storage integrators where he was in charge of technology testing, integration and product selection.

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