Hybrid IT for Developers: Staying Ahead of the Disruption Curve

IDC predicts that

by 2022 50% of new enterprise applications will be developed cloud-native.

IDC expects that

by 2023, more than 90% of enterprises globally will be building their own digital-native IT environments.

Did you know 2019 celebrates almost 20 years for some of the well-known cloud providers in the industry?

Cloud services and technology are now part of a sophisticated suite of enterprise IT deployment options which deliver best-fit application platforms.

More importantly is the rise of “Innovation Accelerator” technologies (i.e. artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT)) which rely on cloud architectures such as containers and serverless technology that allow for higher platform functions.

IDC predicts consumption at higher levels of abstraction from the infrastructure will naturally occur as enterprises build more cloud-native applications; driving a shift towards software-defined infrastructure for end-to-end storage, compute and network.

Cloud Environments

In addition to performance, security and scalability, users now have new expectations of their cloud environments:

The ability to seamlessly migrate applications and data between datacentre and public cloud environments, and to migrate and orchestrate applications and data among multiple cloud providers

The ability to automatically choose from and spin up multiple cloud providers (including locally hosted private cloud) through leverage of a global catalogue

Autonomous, independent platforms that act as brokers of IT services and dynamically aggregate, customise and integrate public and private cloud services to meet business needs

Growth in Developer Activity in the Cloud

Something changed about a year ago in the Australian landscape as developers became more influential in platform choices. Modern development movements (such as DevOps) are driving organisations to embrace new technologies and cloud services.

IDC predicts that by 2022

  • 50% of new enterprise applications will be developed cloud-native

  • They will be based on a hyperagile architecture

  • The number of new applications will outstrip legacy applications

In Australia, there is an intent to move up to 80% of workloads from legacy on-premises to cloud infrastructure and services

Cloud Journey Challanges

There are challenges every time enterprises embark on their cloud journey; the main ones being:

  • Resource and skills constraints

  • Integration between different systems, technologies and environments

  • Staying current with new technologies

  • Governance issues related to service management

  • Economic costs including operational costs

If unchecked these challenges will hinder new development activity in the cloud and increase the cost of IT operations.

To solve some of these challenges, containers and functions are rising in popularity. In Australia, many organisations prefer to outsource the build and management of their private cloud and container strategy to help minimise risks and optimise return on investment, improve standardisation and governance issues, and improve internal service delivery levels and agility.

HPE GreenLake Hybrid Cloud and Composable, Software-defined Infrastructure

HPE GreenLake and HPE OneSphere Hybrid Cloud Management Platform makes all of this happen, delivering innovative capabilities that solve the many challenges of operating a diverse set of environments and requirements. The platform reaches optimal performance when deployed in conjunction with the your own infrastructure.

HPE GreenLake’s key strength is its overarching governance fabric spanning public, private and traditional on-premise infrastructure. The software layer delivers standardised and centralised security, cost and compliance controls that help IT address a range of fundamental digital transformation needs.

Clients using HPE GreenLake have reported savings of up to 30% in public cloud spending.

HPE Synergy is HPE’s Composable Infrastructure offering. It combines disaggregated hardware with the vendor’s management software stack within a highly agile, highly scalable appliance framework.

For organisations undergoing digital transformation at speed, and IT teams servicing the growing demands of DevOps; HPE Synergy’s combination of hardware and software pose substantial benefits when building and establishing a hybrid IT environment:

  • Hardware: houses compute, storage and network modules that can be increased with minimal disruption. These resources exist wihtin the overarching infrastructure as pools which can be tapped on, right-sized, and scaled through a single line of code to the system’s API – hardware resources are “composed” into virtual entities as required by the infrastructure’s software layer
  • Software: HPE OneView Composer assembles compute, storage and network resources, whilst Image Streamer orchestrates the deployment of applications and other workloads. The OneView platform governs all resources with a unified set of open API’s; meaning application developers can quickly provision the exact resource they need, deploy their applications, and right-scale the necessary infrastructure with a single line of programming.

IDC Solution Spotlight – Hybrid IT for Developers

The IDC Solution Spotlight examines where cloud adoption is today and why developers are driving new architectures. It also looks at the leading trends and practices for cloud deployment and management options, and the role of HPE’s solutions in driving enterprise digital transformation.