Data is the lifeblood of modern businesses: it accelerates revenue, fuels innovation, and improves customer experiences that move small and medium businesses forward faster. Yet while data-driven modernization is a top priorityto get there, you face a host of data storage challenges that slow you down: complexity and management silos, specialized tools, constant firefighting, complex provisioning, and stable or shrinking IT budgets.
To truly modernize today, you need more than a faster, more powerful case. You need to break away from legacy infrastructure and improve your storage experience with a platform that simplifies and automates everything, ensures applications are always on and always fast, and unlocks agility by delivering the cloud experience everywhere.
Sound intimidating to you? On your next midrange storage refresh, here are five key strategies for a successful modernization:
1. Go faster with an everywhere cloud experience
The public cloud has set the standard for agility with a cloud operating model that enables line of business (LOB) owners and developers to build and deploy new applications, services, and projects faster than ever. Today, to extend this idea, small and medium enterprises are rushing to bring the benefits of cloud operational experience wherever their applications and data reside, from edge to on-premises to colo.
Simplifying operations and scaling faster with an everywhere cloud experience is critical for organizations: According to the ESG, 91% of IT leaders identify mature on-premises cloud operations as the most important step in eliminating complexity. The same survey found that more than 4 in 5 IT managers are under pressure to deliver more cloud experiences to end users, which is a challenge when up to 70% of enterprise applications and data remain on-premises. due to data gravity, latency, application dependency and compliance requirements.
Simplifying and automating on-premises storage with the self-service agility of a cloud operational experience completely changes the game of midrange storage. Using AIOps, a cloud-managed, on-premises midrange storage platform, renders the underlying data infrastructure invisible – eliminating the silos, complexity and burden of day-to-day administration of the storage while moving operations from an application-centric infrastructure. focused model. Unlike traditional storage management, a cloud operational experience delivers the self-service storage provisioning agility your LOB owners and developers need to accelerate application deployment while freeing up IT resources to work on initiatives. strategies with higher added value.
2. Put storage on autopilot with an AI-managed service
A true operational experience in the cloud must be powered by the insights and data-driven insights provided by Advanced AI for Infrastructure. Why is this important? Because AI-powered autonomous operations ensure apps are always on and always fast, meaning your organization can say goodbye to endless firefighters.
With an AI-driven service, you can predict and prevent outages before they hit the stack, identify issues between storage and VMs, and identify underutilized virtual resources. Your admins can rely on AI-powered recommendations to take the guesswork out of data infrastructure management, and you eliminate time-consuming escalations with predictive support automation and direct access to experts.
3. Get optimal pricing performance for general-purpose workloads
As small and medium-sized businesses continue to experience flat or declining IT budgets, hybrid storage solutions have become increasingly efficient at delivering the performance businesses need for their combination of primary, backup, and backup workloads. secondary and disaster recovery, while helping to contain costs. rapidly growing data volumes. Hybrid storage solutions balance performance and cost by storing active, frequently accessed data on flash storage while storing inactive or less important data on more affordable media.
The most advanced hybrid arrays combine flash performance with disk economy. They feature ultra-efficient architectures designed from the ground up to deliver fast, consistent performance and industry-leading data efficiency. Look for a hybrid storage solution that accelerates your applications with sub-millisecond latency, writes to cost-optimized disk at flash speeds via write serialization, and offers dynamic flash caching to accelerate your reads even when workloads change in real time.
Modern hybrid flash arrays can also help you increase storage efficiency while reducing cost and footprint. They do this by using advanced, always-on data reduction, including deduplication, compression, zero-pattern elimination, thin provisioning, and thin clones, which can deliver up to 5x more cost savings. space without penalizing performance.
4. Depend on a resilient and proven platform
Midsize businesses increasingly rely on apps to manage everything from back-end operations to product and service delivery. That’s why proven availability, data protection, and application sustainment are more important than ever.
Advanced AI-driven arrays eliminate the anxiety and disruption of unexpected downtime by ensuring resilient data availability based on actual and achieved values (as opposed to theoretical projections) and measured across the entire system. an installed base. Combined with advanced AI for an infrastructure that predicts and prevents problems, your arrays should become smarter, better and more reliable every day.
Don’t accept trade-offs between data resiliency and performance. Your midrange storage array should provide Triple+ Parity RAID as standard, with no impact on performance. Triple+ Parity RAID can sustain three simultaneous disk failures without data loss and provides additional protection through intra-disk parity.
Secure your recovery SLAs with fast, simple, integrated application-aware backup and recovery, on-premises and in the cloud. Natively replicate all-flash arrays to hybrid arrays and leverage a SaaS-based backup and recovery service to simplify hybrid cloud data protection with instant restores, fast onsite recovery, and cost-effective retention at long term in the cloud.
5. Consume as a service, on demand
Finally, you should be able to choose how to consume your midrange storage array with Capex or pay-as-you-go options. A flexible consumption-as-a-service model lets you avoid undersupply and undersupply issues, Capex budget constraints, and complex supply cycles.
How? First, by easily getting the storage resources you need with workload-optimized storage tiers delivered in days. Second, by scaling on demand and as needed, with buffer capacity for unexpected workloads or usage demands. And third, by moving from high upfront costs to transparent and predictable monthly payments based on actual metered consumption, with full visibility into your storage usage at all times.
It’s time to rethink midrange storage
Together, these five strategies point to a midrange primary storage solution that makes it easy to focus on data-driven modernization and accelerating innovation, without having to deal with legacy storage issues, disruptions or high costs.
At HPE, we offer exactly that: simple, reliable, and cost-effective hybrid storage, adaptively designed for general-purpose and secondary workloads. Built from HPE Nimble Storage Adaptive Flash array DNA, HPE Alletra 5000 brings the cloud experience to your on-premises storage and simplifies lifecycle operations, from deployment to provisioning to upgrades.
HPE Alletra 5000 accelerates time to value by delivering 99% operational time savings with intent-based provisioning, which enables line-of-business and database administrators to self-provision storage for deployments faster apps. It also eliminates application downtime and firefighting with HPE InfoSight, the industry’s most advanced IAOps for infrastructure. You get absolute resiliency with guaranteed six-nines data availability, Triple+ Parity RAID, and simple hybrid cloud data protection, plus the best flash price performance for your general-purpose workloads with a single architecture and ultra-efficient. Even better, you can consume HPE Alletra 5000 as a service via HPE Green Lakeallowing you to move from owning and maintaining data infrastructure to simply accessing and using it.
If your next storage refresh doesn’t offer such features, it’s time to rethink your midrange storage and aim for true data-driven modernization.
About Simon Watkins
Simon Watkins is a senior global product marketing manager at HPE Storage. The 20-year storage industry veteran began his career in data protection and has spent the last few years working in primary storage, most recently helping transform HPE Storage’s business from a hardware to a cloud data service provider. He holds an Executive MBA from London Business School and a Bachelor of Arts from Cambridge University in the UK.