The challenges of adopting hybrid cloud find answers in HCI

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Christine McMonigal is the director of hyper-converged marketing at Intel Corporation.

The need for companies to make progress on the digital journey has never been more urgent than it is now-in a complex environment, there are more evaluation options, urgency of response, and complexity of understanding. Changing demands, driven in part by the covid-19 pandemic, are driving the need for companies to achieve digital leapfrogs at an unprecedented rate. IDC estimates that as early as 2022, 46% of enterprise products and services will be delivered digitally, which puts pressure on companies seeking new ways to accelerate digital transformation. Visionary leaders have embarked on this journey, ushering in a large-scale migration to the cloud, which is the core of digital transformation and lays the foundation for future innovation.

But if digital transformation is easy, every organization will do it. instead, Three common challenges Occurs and often hinders the progress of the organization:

Multiple cloud architectures. Applications and data continue to grow and reside in different clouds. Managing them to reduce latency, availability, and data sovereignty remains a complex task.

Balance between old and new. In some cases, the cost of moving to the cloud urgently and quickly is high. Applications or workloads moved to the cloud may be more suitable for the local environment. Over time, companies need more flexibility to update their legacy applications to become cloud-native applications. At the same time, the local infrastructure needs to be modernized to improve its performance, scalability, and efficiency—in fact, to make it more like the cloud.

Safety. Modern labor is more dispersed, increasing the attack surface of the organization. This requires a new, dynamic, and overall security strategy.

So, what are the answers for companies to deal with these challenges?The pragmatic foundation of modern digital infrastructure is Hybrid cloud. It optimizes application deployment across locations and provides the highest level of agility based on changing business needs. The internal deployment side of hybrid cloud is best deployed through hyper-converged infrastructure or HCI, which can be modernized and simplify the transition by mixing the old and the new.

By fusing virtualized computing and storage resources with intelligent software on standard server hardware, this approach creates flexible building blocks designed to replace or optimize traditional infrastructure while providing greater agility. In this way, many parts are combined to provide a cloud infrastructure version with dynamic scalability and simplified operations.

Achieve agility through hybrid cloud

Providing high levels of performance is a requirement for IT environments that rely on mission-critical databases and latency-sensitive applications. This is especially important in dynamic environments where data continues to grow and requires constant access, and often requires new analysis and insights. Being able to easily meet these performance and scalability requirements is essential for any enterprise deploying hyper-converged infrastructure.

Microsoft and Intel are working together to use the best software and combine it with the best hardware technology to provide organizations with a flexible infrastructure that can agilely handle today’s needs and set the pace for digital transformation.

Flexibility plus seamless management

Solving the challenges of navigating and simplifying multiple cloud architectures requires a control plane to provide simplified management of local and public cloud resources. The hybrid products offered through Azure Stack HCI (delivered as a service) provide a comprehensive answer to this challenge. With integrated services such as Azure Stack HCI and Azure Arc, you can easily manage and manage local resources and Azure public cloud resources from a single control plane.

Any viable hybrid cloud product needs to simplify management to reduce complexity while improving agility, scalability, and performance. You can maintain existing operations and expand at the speed that best suits your requirements through optimized local hardware and legacy features, as well as improved workload virtualization. Azure Stack HCI effectively balances the old and the new, supports the evolution of local operations, and becomes part of the cloud operating model, from the core data center to the edge and the cloud.

Seamless management also includes maintaining an overall and comprehensive security posture so that related risks can be managed without sacrificing effectiveness. As the complexity of data center, edge, and cloud computing increases, these risks may increase if they are not addressed. Security must go hand in hand with digital transformation. From the software to the silicon layer, Intel and Microsoft are leading the trend on a reliable basis. We will soon announce a number of new technologies to protect data at rest and in use, and we will explore data protection and compliance in more depth in the next article in this series.

Handling the hardware foundation of all digitization

As we continue to see an increasing reliance on analytical tools and artificial intelligence to gain data insights to manage operations and customer touchpoints, the importance of semiconductors continues to grow. This wave of digitization is increasing the demand for more computing power-suddenly, the organization’s infrastructure has evolved from tactical to the center of new strategic business opportunities.

Creating a hardware infrastructure that can flexibly meet business needs is one of the keys to unlocking the potential of agile hybrid cloud, which can quickly and easily move workloads in different environments. Intel’s mission is to provide the best technical foundation with built-in performance, artificial intelligence and security features to unlock new business opportunities today and in the future. The core of this foundation is the third-generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor.

Intel and Microsoft are working together to reduce the time required for evaluation, selection and purchase and simplify the time to deploy new infrastructure by using fully integrated, tested, and readily available technologies. As evidence, Microsoft and Intel recently tested Azure Stack HCI on the latest Intel technology, showing 2.62 million new SQL Server orders every minute, which is one of the most popular workloads in enterprises. These optimized configurations are available as Intel® Select solutions for Azure Stack HCI from multiple server OEMs and scale partners.

Meet the needs of a dynamic IT environment

For enterprises, this is an unprecedented dynamic era. Now is the time to embrace the hybrid cloud. Azure Stack HCI is drawing a new and simple hybrid path, using Intel as the technology foundation to modernize the infrastructure and transform it into a strategic advantage.

If you are ready to optimize manageability, performance, and cost while integrating on-premises data centers and edge infrastructure into hybrid and multi-cloud environments, learn more about Azure Stack HCI today.

Check out the latest Intel-based Azure Stack HCI system and continuous innovation on Azure.com/HCI. There, download the software, and Microsoft provides a 60-day free trial period.

This content was produced by Microsoft Azure and Intel. It was not written by the editors of MIT Technology Review.

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