Converged Infrastructure

We’re listening. How do your peers rank infrastructure convergence vendors?

Hello again,

 

I was fortunate to have participated in the annual HP Industry Analyst Summit and its Global Partner Conference held this month. If asked to sum up both events in one word it would be CHANGE. Change has clearly become both the most exciting thing about technology as well as its greatest challenge. The IT landscape is changing. IT management is changing. Infrastructure is changing. And our customer’s IT needs are changing too. The important thing is that change brings huge opportunity. The question is:  How are you going to capitalize on this change?

 

You spoke and we listened

 

Countless CIOs and IT leaders provided feedback and advised us that the pressure to respond to the changing landscape is massive and growing faster than the diverse needs of the groups they support.  They are learning firsthand that older technology and the previously accepted ‘piece part’, ‘stitch it together’ approach for fulfilling business demands will no longer suffice. They’re managing more data, they are uncertain of how best to deploy cloud solutions, corral mobility, and tap Big Data to best meet the changing needs of their businesses. Here are a few factoids:

 

  • Big Data – 85% of Fortune 500 organizations will be unable to exploit Big Data for competitive
            advantage through 2015 (1) 
  • Cloud – 25-30% of server shipments will go to Cloud service providers’ data centers in 2014, 
           this will grow to 43% by 2017 (2)
  • Mobility – 45% of organizations will spend at least $500K on mobility over the next 12 to 18 months (3)
  • Security – $5.5M is the average cost of a data breach, companies average more than one successful
           attack per week (4)

 

All this leads to the fact that IT leaders want complete solutions that deliver business outcomes, not point products (source: HP Global Partner survey).

 

What do you want from HP?

 

Those in the know have stated they want HP to deliver solutions that are compatible with their existing infrastructure; and help reduce capital expenses, increase speed and agility, and improve operational efficiencies. The want solutions that deliver a better overall user experience and modern IT solutions that lower TCO, reduce IT operational costs, and create a better customer experience (from purchase –to– management –to– support). They want HP to deliver a foundation for the Cloud that makes sense to them; help them effectively tie IT efficiencies and value with their business objectives; bring software-defined compute, networking and storage solutions that complement and align to what’s already in place; and, become their experts in convergence acumen.

 

These are the very reasons HP Converged Infrastructure ushered in a new era of IT that focuses on simplifying and aligning your IT to the speed of the business. Our proven app-centric approach allows you to provision new services and apps in days or minutes—for any workload. Possibly the most exciting two recent Converged Infrastructure milestones consisted of the launch of HP OneView (a fresh approach to infrastructure management) as well as the latest HP ConvergedSystem family. Both are designed to accelerate innovation though workload-optimized systems that are easy to buy, manage, and deploy (I call it the 20/20 factor = order in 20 minutes and deliver in 20 days) with real benefits on performance and TCO for your top initiatives in virtualization, cloud, and Big Data.

 

While I could go on and on about the value of HP Converged Infrastructure with solutions built for the ‘changing’ enterprise, I won’t (click here if you want to read more about CI). Instead, I want to provide you with insight into how HP stacks-up to other convergence vendors.

 

Last December, HP commissioned a study to take a deeper dive look at the anecdotal areas I addressed above. The Management Insight Technologies (MIT) team looked at what enterprise businesses were saying, and then compare how leading convergence vendors are perceived by the market, their ease of use, integrated management, system functionality, their vendor experience, and cost. Thus, I invite you to read this paper; I know it will prove informative and valuable to you as you continue on your convergence journey, evaluate your convergence vendor, and get a jump start on capitalizing on CHANGE.    

 

MIT: Converged Infrastructure Needs and Vendor Performance
White Paper

 

 MIT - Convergence Vendor - White Paper.jpg

 

Your time is now!

 

Thank you for your continued interest and support,

Duncan

 

1 “Big Data Business Benefits Are Hampered by 'Culture Clash,’” Gartner, 12 September 2013.

2 March 2013 Forbes

3 CIO Insights - Enterprise Mobility Dominates IT Agenda in 2014

4 2013 Cost of Data Breach Study: Global Analysis Ponemon Institute

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