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#ITDelivered — HyperGrid’s Key Takeaways from Gartner Data Center Conference

By | December 7, 2016

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I’m currently at the Gartner Data Center Conference in Las Vegas with the HyperGrid team. This year there are around 100 IT vendors in attendance and other thousands of participants from around the world.

One of the key tweets from #GartnerDC articulates that “current IT models are not working. It’s time to think about business first.”

We’ve been engaged in dynamic conversations with our customers to learn about how we can solve their pain points within infrastructure and operations across public sector, finance, manufacturing and healthcare. We recently launched HyperCloud™, our hybrid cloud platform and it’s exciting to delve into how #ITDelivered can transform a company by shifting the focus on consuming IT instead of building IT —  enabling a business to build and deploy apps towards competitive advantage.

I’ve outlined some of the broader key takeaways from the conference I’ve heard so far in the points below.

Key Takeaways from the Gartner Data Center, Infrastructure & Operations Management Conference

  • With the move towards digital transformation, many organizations are looking to achieve business agility by speeding up the delivery of infrastructure and application services.
  • IT leaders charged with delivering on the transformation promise must embrace agile deployment models on-premises and in the cloud for rapid time to value and lay the foundation for application migration to containers to eliminate IT bottlenecks and hyperdrive DevOps.

Security is the top challenge preventing organizations from using the public cloud

  • In Steve Riley’s presentation on cloud security, results from a survey asking IT leaders about the top three reasons for not using the public cloud were announced. The number one reason is security, followed by data and application integration challenges, and regulatory compliance challenges.
  • Tier 1 cloud providers may have the approval stamp of 3rd party security evaluators – but organizations are ultimately responsible for using these public clouds securely.
  • Mismanaged credentials are the greatest source of cloud security risk. The rush to embrace public cloud has driven users to reuse passwords that are ubiquitous and poorly controlled.
  • HyperGrid is focused on helping enterprises address these needs by providing a hybrid cloud service as a fully managed stack on premises delivering security, control and governance for IT, with agility and flexibility for developers enabling CIOs to consume IT instead of building IT.

Infrastructure as a Service is the foundation of any cloud – but the true value is in the platform and application services

  • In Bob Gill’s session on cloud strategy a key observation was made around IaaS being nothing but the “horsepower” for running applications and that the true value of the cloud to customers is in the platform and application services.
  • HyperCloud™ provides a full scale-out hybrid cloud platform with application and platform services across any public cloud or infrastructure for rapid time to value.

More enterprises are looking to improve and evolve their legacy applications to take better advantage of the inevitable Mode 1/Mode 2 hybrid model

  • The search for speed in the software supply chain, fueled by agile methodologies and DevOps practices, has put a tremendous pressure on IT organizations to move towards Mode 2 agile deployment models and scalable application architectures
  • Modernizing existing applications can be a daunting task but certain steps can be taken to “renovate the core.”
  • Containers are driving the modernization of legacy applications – but present several challenges to enterprises including the steep learning curve needed to adopt containers, the complexity in external system integration, and the absence of service discovery or scaling intelligence in legacy applications.
  • One of the key benefits of HyperCloud™ is the ability to modernize existing legacy applications without making a single code change and using the existing skill sets within your organization. The on-the-fly containerization capabilities in HyperForm, the core DevOps and Cloud Automation engine in HyperCloud™, allow users to “lift and shift” existing Java and .NET applications to containers while taking care of the complex application dependencies, automatic service discovery, auto-scaling and integration with any external service (e.g., storage, networking, logging, etc.).

Containers enable DevSecOps by ensuring fidelity from development to production

  • In Neil MacDonald’s session on agile security, it was confirmed that aligning security controls with the rapid development requirements of Mode 2 IT systems, including integration of security into DevOps workflows, DevSecOps, is becoming a critical need for organizations looking to turbocharge DevOps and accelerate application development.
  • Containers are now enabling DevSecOps by standardizing the way applications are deployed and ensuring fidelity from development to production.
  • A proper security framework within a DevSecOps workflow should provide both prevention and detection.
  • The 5-layers of security provided by HyperForm ensures the security of applications – from fine-grained access control that enforces role-based access privileges at the container level to network isolation and segmentation to secure multi-tier applications across different environments.

And if you happen to be in Las Vegas while reading this, check us out at Booth 305.

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Amjad Afanah

VP of Product, HyperCloud at HyperGrid
VP of Product at HyperGrid. Previously the co-founder & CEO of DCHQ, which is now HyperCloud™ Portal, the management console of HyperCloud™, providing integrated compute, storage, networking, application and container services in a full-stack offering that is delivered on premises and on a pay-as-you-go consumption model. The self-service library in HyperCloud enables self-provisioning of infrastructure, storage, network, container, and application services on HyperCloud™ as well as 15 other clouds and virtualization platforms – like VMware vSphere, OpenStack, Microsoft Hyper-V, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and others.

Prior to founding DCHQ, he was a senior product manager at VMware, where he managed strategic products in cloud management & automation for almost 3 years. He also assumed a product management role for 5 years at Oracle where he focused on application and middleware management capabilities. He holds a bachelors degree in computer science from MIT and an MBA degree from UCLA.