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The future of storage technologies for Hybrid IT

July 21, 2021

The future of storage technologies for Hybrid IT
 
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Today’s storage technologies require a lot of manual effort to order, provision and deploy, and a lot of staff to manage. The future of storage technology, however, lies in automation and delivering a hybrid experience that combines cloud and on-prem.
 
To break it all down, Shelby Skrhak speaks with Jon Busshart, BTC Engineer at Ingram Micro, and Tyler Clark, Partner Business Manager, Storage at HPE, about:
 
  • Challenges driving the shift to hybrid
  • The benefits of automated solutions
  • The future of hybrid cloud technology
  • How customers should scale applications for hybrid


Challenges driving the shift to hybrid

Initially, there was a push to move all applications into the cloud. The goal of this shift was to reduce costs and capitalize on better scaling capabilities.
 
However, everyone realized that not all applications are meant for the cloud for a variety of reasons, ranging from security to performance.
 
That has led companies to make judgment calls on where to place applications. Hybrid cloud provides a cloud solution that utilizes on-prem data centers.


Benefits of automated solutions

With InfoSight, HPE leverages AI to build self-management into a data center solution. Upon deploying an application, InfoSight will advise a company on the best place to store data.
 
It makes it easier for customers to know where their data should reside.
 
“It’s also a lot less complex,” Tyler says. “It’s going to very much simplify how people consume their IT.”
 
Other added benefits:
 
  • Control over your data
  • Reduction in costs because you don’t have to pay egress fees
  • Less expertise required on staff


The future of hybrid cloud IT

According to Jon, there are two different perspectives to take into consideration.
 
The first perspective: business-critical applications that are getting deployed within an environment need more performance. That means there will be a push toward an all-NVMe platform moving forward.
 
Secondly, Jon believes we’re going to see more services and a more cloud-like approach.
 
“You’re going to see cloud-native applications get deployed,” says Jon. “We’re going to take that and apply that to all our IT infrastructure technologies to give that kind of cloud experience, but on-premises.”


Scaling applications for hybrid

“We like cloud infrastructure,” Jon says, “but not all applications can get the performance they need within the cloud.”
 
People require on-premises for many other reasons too. So being able to accommodate that using the underlying infrastructure is important and NVMe will really help performance in that regard.
 
The other aspect to take into consideration is containerization or Kubernetes.
 
“If we build solutions based on containerization,” Jon says, “we have high performance on the back end and it becomes easier to move in and out of the cloud.”
 
For more information visit Hybrid IT or contact Jon at jon.busshart@ingrammicro.com.