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Data Analytics and Cloud Native Apps: Essential for Digital Transformation

Today’s customers interact with businesses like never before.   Whether they’re on online or using a mobile app, customers have come to expect services that are always available, with real-time updates based on changing dynamics and intelligent interactions.   If you deliver anything less, you run the risk of losing customers to competitors, who are more than willing to cater to these expectations. Applications are the new face of how businesses interact, engage, win and maintain their customers.

So, how can businesses better understand what their customers really want? (more…)

Our Recipe For Success: Do More With Less!

The digital era is upon us. IT leaders are confronted by soaring expectations for digital transformations. The ability to innovate faster through agile, flexible resources and satisfy business demands is expected. Simultaneously, IT must maintain a reliable environment to keep core business processes rolling smoothly. Although microservices and DevOps are hot topics today, traditional IT applications and systems of record are equally as important to maintain.

How can companies transform IT to provide the speed and flexibility necessary for rapid development while keeping costs and risks low? Staff must optimize existing infrastructure and processes to reduce costs and accelerate IT service delivery without sacrificing reliability. IT transformations aren’t executed overnight. Like learning how to ride a bike, you start with training wheels and as you become more experienced keeping your balance becomes subconscious allowing you to focus on more advanced actions. IT leaders must design a plan to optimize traditional, plan-driven functions. Predictable, well understood processes should be automated to ensure consistencies so time, dollars and staff can be reallocated into next-generation operations. Time consuming, error-prone, manual tasks will be eliminated, ultimately speeding time to market and driving down costs by leveraging automation and application blueprints that have been proven to work and can be life cycled without constant human touch.

Now what about the aspect of exploration? Along with the rewards reaped from rapid innovation and iterative, outcome-focused developments come uncertainties and risks. Cloud-native application development is uncharted territory for most Enterprises and thus many IT organizations shy away from investing aggressively in new trends. To gain experience in the cloud-native realm, you start small and rapidly scale as demand for new applications grows and a solidified strategy evolves.

Like learning to ride a bike, start with some guidance and eventually you can take off the training wheels and pedal fast. EMC and Pivotal are prepared to help you gain momentum with your DevOps strategy. Organizations that are just beginning to experiment with cloud native applications now have a quick, low risk way to get started.

The struggle to pertain to two competing pressures is not a simple battle. Designing, integrating and testing a platform has taken some companies years and millions of dollars. Studies have proven investing in a fully engineered platform could have you running 92% faster and saving up to 67%.

Today, we’re announcing the latest releases of our hybrid cloud platforms:

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EMC engineers have completed the necessary engineering work to instill users with the confidence that the solution will run reliably with one contact support. The frequent advancements extend IT’s ability to update legacy application infrastructure to meet the demands of the digital world.

Our hybrid clouds platforms help to close the gap between developers’ goals and IT operations by providing control, reporting and chargeback features that are needed to create an efficient strategy. Adjustments can be made in just minutes breaking down the IT infrastructure silos that now exist enabling IT to rapidly adapt to changing business needs.

So, if you’re ready to start your transformation, we’re ready to ensure a smooth ride.

Learn more about Enterprise Hybrid Cloud: https://www.emc.com/en-us/solutions/cloud/enterprise-hybrid-cloud.htm
Learn more about Native Hybrid Cloud: https://www.emc.com/en-us/solutions/cloud/native-hybrid-

 

Where Are the Savings and Benefits Delivered by Hybrid Cloud?

Cloud computing is undoubtedly gaining momentum across businesses of all sizes due to its compelling promise to deliver business agility and cost savings.   You might ask, “How much and where will I see those savings?”What, and where are those savings, you might ask?   Well, we collaborated with Principled Technologies on a study that answers just those questions.  The intention of the study is to provide considerations for assessing the impact of hybrid cloud on your business.  It focuses on two areas:  the business value delivered by hybrid cloud computing and a side by side comparison of two possible paths to hybrid cloud, build your own or buy a fully engineered solution.

The first part of the study focuses on the business values organizations can expect to realize, specifically the cost savings and benefits of hybrid cloud computing.   For a theoretical enterprise of 29,550hc1 employees and a virtualized infrastructure of 5,000 virtual machines (VMs), Principled Technologies used industry available research and their own analysis to calculate that business benefits they could realize.   For example, their findings revealed significant savings around resource optimization with up to – as much as 50% in CapEX savings , 10% associated with reclaiming inactive VMs and 2% more efficient use of software licenses as well as greater efficiencies in service delivery.

 

hc2Reduced complexity and increased efficiencies from automation and operational management can save IT staff time – as much as 56%, giving them the time to focus on other, more impactful business initiatives and projects.  With ever increasing demands on already overtaxed resources, these savings can have a big impact on any organization.

 

The second part of the study explores a side by side comparison of the two paths you can take to get to a hybrid hc3cloud – build your own vs. buy an engineered solution.  It includes Principle Technologies first-hand experience and analysis for both approaches.  Their results revealed that the EMC engineered solution, Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud, provides a 92% faster time value through an accelerated cloud implementation of infrastructure-as-a-service.    Most of our customers start with infrastructure-as-a-service but to really deliver IT-as-a-service they want additional features such as data protection across multiple sites, database services, encryption and integration with their operational processes. hc4 Even though the study didn’t build a solution to deliver ITaaS, it validated much of what our customers have been telling us all along as well as our own experience.   We can deliver IT-as-a-Service >50% faster than our customers can do it themselves, allowing them accelerate value to the business.     Taking into account the time, effort and resources involved to design, implement, support and upgrade, the engineered solution can save as much as 67% over 3 years compared to a build your own approach.

Read the full report to understand the benefits hybrid cloud can deliver to your business as well as the considerations for assessing whether to buy or build your own.

Fundamental Attributes of an Enterprise Hybrid Cloud

For many organizations moving to a hybrid cloud environment is still uncharted territory. EMC Information Infrastructure CEO David Goulden recently discussed the drivers behind hybrid cloud and how it helps organizations innovate rapidly while still delivering enterprise-grade performance and resiliency.

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