Never before has companies’ need to make progress along their digital journeys more pressing — with more options to assess, urgent situations to respond to, and complexities to understand in a complex landscape. Changing demands, fueled in part by the COVID-19 pandemic, have led to the need for companies to make the leap to digital at a pace never seen before. IDC estimates that as early as 2022, 46% of enterprise products and services will be delivered digitally, creating pressure for companies to pursue New ways to accelerate digital transformation. Forward-thinking leaders embarked on this journey, leading to a massive transition to the cloud, which is the heartbeat of digital transformation and lays the foundation for future innovation.
But if digital transformation is easy, every organization will. While that, Three common challenges They occur and can often stand in the way of an organization’s progress:
Multiple cloud architectures. Apps and data keep growing and are in various clouds. Managing it to provide lower response time, availability and data sovereignty remains a complex task.
Balance between the old and the new. In some cases, prompt and rapid migration to the cloud has been costly. Applications or workloads moved to the cloud may be more suitable for the on-premises environment. Companies need more flexibility to update their legacy applications to become cloud-native over time. At the same time, the on-premises infrastructure needs to be modernized to make it more performance, scalable, and efficient — in fact, to make it more cloud-like.
protection. The modern workforce is more decentralized, which increases the attack space for organizations. This requires a new, dynamic and comprehensive security strategy.
So, what is the solution for enterprises to meet these challenges? The practical basis of modern digital infrastructure is Hybrid cloud. It optimizes cross-site application deployments, providing the ultimate level of flexibility based on changing business requirements. It’s best to deploy the on-premises side of the hybrid cloud via Hyper Converged Infrastructure, or HCI, which enables transition-facilitating modernization by blending the old and the new.
By integrating virtual computing and storage resources with intelligent software on standard server hardware, this approach creates flexible building blocks intended to replace or improve legacy infrastructure while providing greater flexibility. With this approach, many parts are bundled together to deliver a version of a cloud infrastructure that features dynamic scalability and simplified operations.
Achieving Agility Through Hybrid Cloud
Delivering high levels of performance is a requirement for IT environments that rely on mission-critical databases and latency-sensitive applications. This is especially important in dynamic environments where data growth is constant and continuous access is a requirement, often exacerbated by the demand for new analytics and insights. The ability to meet these performance and scalability requirements is essential for any company deploying hyper-converged infrastructures.
Microsoft and Intel work together to source the best software and combine it with the best hardware technologies to provide organizations with a resilient infrastructure that can handle today’s demands with agility and set the pace for digital transformation.
Flexibility coupled with smooth management
Solving the challenge of migrating and simplifying multiple cloud architectures requires a level of control that provides simplified management of both on-premises and public cloud-based resources. The hybrid offering available via Azure Stack HCI (delivered as a service) provides a comprehensive answer to this challenge. With Azure Stack HCI and integrated services like Azure Arc, you can easily manage and control on-premises resources, along with Azure public cloud resources, from a single level of control.
Any viable hybrid cloud offering needs to reduce complexity through simplified management, while increasing agility, scalability, and performance. Maintain and scale existing processes at a pace that best suits your requirements with improved on-premises hardware, legacy functionality, and workload virtualization. Azure Stack HCI effectively balances the old and the new, and supports the evolution of on-premises operations to become part of the cloud operating model, from the primary data center to the edge and the cloud.
Seamless management also includes maintaining a comprehensive and comprehensive security posture so that associated risks can be managed without sacrificing effectiveness. As the complexity of computing across the datacenter, edge, and cloud increases, these risks can increase if not addressed. Security must go hand in hand with digital transformation. Intel and Microsoft lead the way with a reliable foundation, from software all the way to the silicon layer. We’ll soon be announcing several new technologies to secure data at rest and in use, and we’ll delve deeper into data protection and compliance in the next article in this series.
Hardware basis to deal with the digitization of everything
As we continue to see an increasing reliance on analytics and artificial intelligence tools for data insights to manage processes and customer touchpoints, the importance of semiconductors continues to grow. This digital boom is driving the demand for more computing power—suddenly, enterprise infrastructure has evolved from a tactical to a hub for new strategic business opportunities.
Building a hardware infrastructure that matches business requirements is one of the keys to unlocking the capabilities of an agile hybrid cloud that can move workloads across different environments quickly and easily. Intel’s mission is to provide the best technology foundation with capabilities built into performance, artificial intelligence, and security that unlock new business opportunities today and into the future. At the heart of this foundation are 3rd generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors.
Intel and Microsoft are working together to reduce the time required for evaluation, selection, and procurement, and to simplify the time to deploy a new infrastructure with integrated, tested, and performance-ready technologies. As proof of this, Microsoft and Intel recently tested the Azure Stack HCI on the latest Intel technology, serving 2.62 million new SQL Server requests per minute, one of the most popular workloads among businesses. These enhanced configurations are available as Intel® Select solutions for Azure Stack HCI from multiple OEM servers and scale partners.
Meet the needs of dynamic IT environments
This has never been a more dynamic time for companies; It’s time to embrace the hybrid cloud. Azure Stack HCI charts a new, effortless path for hybrid, with Intel as the technology foundation for infrastructure modernization and turning it into a strategic advantage.
If you’re ready to improve manageability, performance, and costs while integrating your on-premises data center and cutting-edge infrastructures into a hybrid and multi-cloud environment, learn more about Azure Stack HCI today.
Check out the latest Intel-based Azure Stack HCI systems and continuous innovation Azure.com/HCI. While you’re there, download the software, which Microsoft has made available for a free 60-day trial.
This content has been produced by Microsoft Azure and Intel. It was not written by the editorial team at the MIT Technology Review.