Hybrid IT: Getting The Best of Both Worlds

Powering On-Demand Innovation with Composable Infrastructure

While there is consensus that the public cloud is here to stay, concerns about speed, cost and security have led to a new paradigm emerging: hybrid IT infrastructure.

Since the concept of the cloud first emerged, it has increasingly been viewed as the inevitable platform for future data and applications. This projection has only partially become reality, as companies find that some workloads are best kept running on-premises. In addition, some applications simply aren’t built to run on public cloud and the pricing models offered by cloud providers means that some workloads can be cheaper to run locally when you calculate the total cost of ownership. Hybrid IT technology embraces this diversity and makes it easy to integrate data with your applications – no matter where it’s being stored.

“What we find is that people want the best of both: public and private cloud” says Ric Lewis, Senior VP and GM for Software Defined Infrastructure at Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

Our customers are really wanting that cloud-like experience but are less concerned about whether it’s off premises or on premises. It’s really all about ‘is it fast?’, ‘is it agile?’, ‘can I deploy applications quickly?’, ‘can I get the right pay model that I want to have?’. Customers have a wide variety of applications and they want to make sure they have the right environment to deploy those applications

While networking speeds continue to rise latency is unavoidable, and this latency can lead to unacceptable delays for some tasks. Bandwidth isn’t free, and companies relying on the analysis of big data might find it better to crunch that data locally. Modern cloud platforms offer tremendous flexibility, but they can’t provide everything for all customers. Embracing more flexible hybrid IT infrastructure means you can support features your cloud providers don’t offer.


One of the key pillars in HPE’s hybrid cloud strategy is their b2b platform and marketplace Cloud28+, which consists of over 500 members coming together to deliver public, private and managed cloud projects across the globe. “Cloud28+ is really an effective program at enabling partnering for capability and access to infrastructure,” Lewis adds.

People sometimes think of the public cloud as being one or two specific vendors but actually, off premises infrastructure can be combination of service providers that have capacity that they’re farming out to people. Cloud28+ is actually one of those  efforts. It’s a heavy partnering program that brings together multiple assets, multiple service providers and provides an alternative off premises set of capabilities to the public cloud, that’s really easy to access.

In addition to HPE, other Cloud28+ members include Intel, Docker and PTC.  Hewlett Packard Enterprise recently bolstered the platform with their new IoT Connect hub which means users can now find solutions from Microsoft, GE Digital and Deloitte, making IoT services available in a few clicks.

Ric Lewis (Image: HPE)


Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s flagship Synergy platform provides a simple way for businesses to provision infrastructure at the speed of the public cloud. HPE Synergy is the world’s first composable infrastructure platform. Its inherent flexibility means businesses can operate a hybrid IT strategy across traditional and new IT environments. HPE Synergy’s unique composable infrastructure is managed via HPE OneView software which enables you to manage your physical infrastructure using software-defined templates, and integrate it with cloud partners like Mesosphere. With greater automation and control and a simple interface for development and operations, Synergy enables your employees to get work done quicker and smarter.

“Composable infrastructure is something we’re really excited about at Hewlett Packard Enterprise.” continues Lewis.

Synergy is the world’s first composable infrastructure. It’s the only product in its catagory to date. There are competitors that are trying to figure out how they’re going to do something like that. No one else has it. HPE is the only one with composable infrastructure


Fluid IT On Your Terms

Perhaps one of the most powerful aspects of HPE Synergy is its unique “fluid resource pool,” which combines your processing power, memory and storage into a stateless abstraction. This helps developers break away from more rigid traditional infrastructure, letting users respond to changes in demand quickly and smartly. Businesses can use this infrastructure to scale quickly, as it’s easy to add new resources to the pool.

HPE Synergy

Change is inevitable in computing, so Synergy provides a unified API that supports current and future platforms. This API provides an abstracted means for provisioning resources quickly, and it eliminates hundreds of low-level API calls to speed up application development. In addition, this API enables integration with tools you may already be using to move at cloud-like speed like Chef, Docker and Mesosphere.

The cloud paradigm has revolutionized business computing, but it continues to evolve. In fact, last week at Discover Las Vegas, HPE unveiled the next phase of its composable strategy – “Project New Stack.” While predicting the future is impossible, flexible hybrid platforms that utilize local resources make leveraging computing power easier. HPE Synergy gives businesses a valuable toolkit that’s easy to target and scale.

We recently spoke to Ric about HPE Synergy and why customers are increasingly seeing the benefits a hybrid IT strategy can offer. Listen below or on on Apple Podcasts.