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Let’s get the bad news out of the way first. Unsurprisingly, IT Organizations are stressed. Why? The same challenges that have plagued enterprises long before the spread of COVID-19 (did someone say cost and difficult to automate?) are the same ones that are making the adjustment to a post-COVID business model much more stressful.

This is due in part to the fact that with a remote workforce, enterprises can no longer afford to be burdened with the cost and complexities associated with traditional IT infrastructure. Need more proof? Don’t just take just our word for it, let’s see what IT Orgs are saying.

The Challenge(s)
We recently commissioned a survey through Vanson Bourne who reached out to 500 IT Decision Makers in the US, UK, France & Germany. As part of the survey, we asked what challenges enterprises face specifically as it relates to their external enterprise storage arrays. The results were as we suspected:

But what does this tell us? Now, more than ever, enterprises need, and are beginning to demand, IT infrastructure that promotes always up-to-date software, remote monitoring and management, and a solution that is simple to automate. And the options, especially when it comes to application storage environments built on external enterprise storage arrays, are limited. Even with flashy storage array options, enterprises are still bogged down with the expense of arrays.

The Good News: IT Organizations Can Adjust
One way for IT Orgs to adjust to stay competitive and not just survive but thrive during this post-COVID era, is it to move to a server-based, cloud-managed model which eliminates the mounting expense that comes with enterprise flash storage arrays and addresses the harsh restrictions placed on the server itself by solutions like Hyperconverged Infrastructure. We have seen this movie before with data center networks and the introduction of cloud-defined networks (i.e. Meraki Networks)—now available from virtually all major data center network vendors. What IT Orgs need is an enterprise storage solution which delivers:

1. At-scale automation through a single-API endpoint in the cloud
Which is fully programmable at any scale and enables users to deploy fleet management, predictive maintenance, and simplified troubleshooting.

2. Reduced costs with a server-based storage alternative
By leveraging commodity SSDs in the server that is managed through a PCIe based card which runs all enterprise data services and doesn’t tax the server CPU, memory or network resources.

3. As-a-service operations model
By moving all on-premises infrastructure management to a control plane entirely in the cloud, users can initiate immediate action on predicted issues, anticipate issues and prevent service disruption. Even better? New features and enhancements are available instantly through cloud-delivered updates “as-a-service”.

4. A self-service infrastructure deployment model
Which offers customizable application templates tailored for customer’s application clusters, eliminates the guesswork in configuring infrastructure and produces repeatable and reliable infrastructure services for modern, mission-critical workloads.

The Win-Win: A Solution Exists
If your IT Org is ready to make the change to a fully self-service infrastructure which delivers storage operations as-a-service, read more about Cloud-Defined Storage or request a demo, here.

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Pooja Desai-Singh

Head of Marketing

Previously marketing at HPE & 3PAR