Rebuilding your infrastructure, one building block at a time, to get to cloud?
- October 2, 2019
Do you have the right infrastructure to meet your business demands as you step into or adapt to your changing business climate needs? How will your workload needs change near-term and longer term within your IT strategy? How will you adopt or modify your cloud strategy? What is a multi-cloud journey?
Rebuilding used to sound like “rip and replace” but now there is a way to refresh your infrastructure and leverage underutilized resources with a more optimal approach: one that can increase your ROI and help you deploy the cloud you want.
Furthermore, depending on your current strategy and how widely spread out it is, you may already be seeing inconsistent operations and inflexible applications, siloed data in a public cloud or some of your app development in different native clouds. Is there an option to help consolidate and unify disparate workloads, clouds, and processes into a common environment?
Yesterday’s cloud, or even the cloud from five years ago, has radically changed and that may be affecting your current strategy. The steady bills, increased costs, and lack of visibility into a public cloud, as well as the types of workloads you are running there, may be steering you into a cost analysis and looking for options.
On-premise used to be more popular, but it’s coming back and in a big way because of the flexibility and operational control, not to mention the inherent security (from hardware, infrastructure security to data policy security to privacy and other compliance standards processes) offered from your own infrastructure. Plus, many of your workloads may now have ample horsepower to be run on-premise, in a Capex model which can enable the cost savings and control you are looking for, versus an Opex model and public cloud consumption.
This approach can reveal significant cost savings over the sometimes surprisingly large bills from an elastic cloud. With the advent of private cloud such as VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) for some of your application development and workloads, you now have an option to consolidate and unify disparate workloads and processes into a common environment. VCF also allows you a mechanism to integrate with your other public clouds and cloud native apps.
The next question is what the foundation is to use in VCF. Dell EMC Cloud Validated Designs are a great option enabling you with choice for building your own or other consumption model. This portfolio now encompasses PowerEdge MX and the new PowerEdge rack servers based on the AMD processors, providing more choice as to how you can deploy your on-premise cloud without losing sight of the ability to move workloads across your public clouds.
An added function to VCF is the Composability service. The composable era for cloud infrastructure has started, allowing you to assign compute and storage resource pools for your workloads and virtual machines. Dell EMC PowerEdge MX and its management function, OpenManage Enterprise – Modular Edition, fully integrate the Redfish API, to enable composability, which can reduce your siloed and legacy infrastructure into one that is much more flexible, consistent operationally, and on a consistent infrastructure you already know how to support. You now have the means to compose and recompose storage infrastructure on-the-fly, within a flexible, scalable cloud infrastructure built on PowerEdge.
VCF is a solid platform option to help you establish your multi-cloud strategy as well as steadily unify your operations into a common view. Naturally, as your cloud strategy changes and you determine which workloads run best where, you will be more agile for your business to keep up with changing business demands. Rebuilding an infrastructure to enable your cloud strategy is not as daunting anymore, as you have a partner and a PowerEdge foundation to help you on your cloud journey.