INFRASTRUCTURE

Infrastructure Refreshes or Innovation?

Jennifer Gill
September 19, 2017

Enterprise Cloud-as-a-Service removes the need for refreshes

If you were to say “infrastructure refresh” to a friend in IT, you would probably see them instantly shrink in their seat with a heavy sigh. Infrastructure refreshes of any kind can take weeks or months. Data and applications need to be migrated, while servers, network and storage need to be configured. Making matters worse, all of this needs to be done during scheduled downtime, so it’s typically executed on weekends – which isn’t so fun for the IT team, and means more risk for the data and applications.

It hurts the CIO on the budget front as well. Various IT experts state that 70%[1] or more of the IT budget is spent “just keeping the lights on”. The time spent on management and maintenance is similarly distributed.[2]

This begs the question, why do we keep doing this over and over? Why do we keep replacing the hardware every 3 years for several months? It may have been because we did not have alternatives, but today we do.

What is Enterprise Cloud-as-a-Service and how can it help with refreshes?

Enterprise Cloud-as-a-Service (ECaaS) is a fully managed cloud, similar to a public cloud, with one differentiator – the infrastructure is located within your datacenter. It is remotely managed by a team of experts so that you and the rest of your IT team are focused on the needs of the business.

As this behaves just like a cloud offering, refreshes, if needed, are managed and executed by HyperGrid experts. The planning, acquisition of new hardware, and execution of the refresh is done by us.

The table below compares what a few of the key components of an infrastructure refresh look like in a legacy IT environment versus an Enterprise Cloud-as-a-Service solution.

Enterprise Cloud-as-a-Service (Enterprise Cloud-aaS) eliminates the need for infrastructure refreshes, and similarly, the time of the IT Team to execute the refresh. IT can now leverage budgets and time to innovate, tackled projects that have been delayed and execute initiatives which drive the business forward and generate revenue for the company.

With a focus on innovation, IT is able to address the top CIO concerns:

  • Manage budgets better with a pay-as-you-use solution
  • Acquire and retain top talent with a focus on more innovative and interesting work
  • Free up resources and time to investigate a cloud strategy that makes sense for the business
  • For more information on HyperCloud™ and Enterprise Cloud-as-a-Service, you can check out this blog post to learn more.

With HyperCloud™, CIOs are able to elevate their contributions to the business, aligning business and technical strategies for a competitive advantage instead of management and maintenance.

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[1] http://www.cio.com/article/2941680/networking-hardware/do-more-than-just-keep-the-lights-on.html
[2] http://www.itweapons.com/the-demand-for-it-innovation-keeping-the-lights-on-just-isnt-enough/
[3] http://www.intel.com/content/dam/www/public/us/en/documents/guides/server-refresh-planning-guide.pdf
[4] https://storageswiss.com/2016/03/17/the-time-cost-of-a-storage-refresh/
Jennifer Gill

Jennifer Gill

Jennifer Gill, VP, Corporate and Content Marketing at HyperGrid has more than 20 years of IT experience. Prior to joining HyperGrid, Jennifer was the Director, Global Product Marketing, at Zerto where she was the first marketing person in the US. At Zerto, Jennifer led the product messaging and global content strategy and built the customer reference program, the customer advisory board and the analyst relations program. She also managed Technology Partnerships including relationships with Amazon and Microsoft. Previously, Jennifer held management positions at EMC and played a key role in VCE. Jennifer has a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University and an MBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.

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