Hybrid IT for Developers: Staying Ahead of the Disruption Curve
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.
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.
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.