Businesses continue to migrate more and more workloads to the cloud in order to improve agility, innovation and cost efficiency, but the on-premises data center isn’t going away anytime soon. Most organizations are finding that a hybrid mix of cloud and on-premises infrastructure is the optimal approach to meeting modern IT requirements.
In fact, a new study finds that many organizations are planning to expand their on-premises footprints. According to the 2019 State of the Data Center study by AFCOM, an association of data center professionals, 45 percent of organizations said they are planning new data center builds.
However, the study also points to one of the greatest challenges facing data center managers — aging IT infrastructure. AFCOM found that about a third of existing data centers are slated for renovation over the next three years.
Older data centers simply weren’t built to handle the requirements of today’s digital technologies. Data centers more than 10 years old are particularly limited in their ability to handle big data analytics, mobility and Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives. Aging systems are also vulnerable to increasingly sophisticated security threats.
Targeted modernization projects can often extend the useful life of older data centers, however. HPE has created a clear path to data center modernization with its Gen10 line of ProLiant rack and tower servers that support a transition to a hybrid mix of on-premises and cloud services. These servers were designed to deliver advanced capabilities in three key areas — automation, security and optimization. Here’s a breakdown of each category:
The HPE OneView software-defined infrastructure management engine offers an automated, template-driven approach for deploying, provisioning, updating and integrating compute, storage and networking infrastructure.
Server management is streamlined through embedded Integrated Lights-Out (iLO) APIs that monitor server status and enable administrators to configure, update, monitor and run servers from a remote location through a web-based console.
Additionally, HPE InfoSight works with the iLO APIs to predict and prevent problems before IT operations are impacted. Building on the operational data of tens of thousands of servers, InfoSight provides continual AI-driven insight and oversight to server operations.
Several features help ensure that malicious software can’t be propagated through these servers. HPE’s “silicon root of trust” essentially embeds an immutable fingerprint into the integrated circuit to ensure the server cannot boot with compromised firmware. A server configuration lock prevents servers from booting if there is an unauthorized configuration change or if tampering is detected.
In the event a server is compromised, the Server System Restore function automates recovery by restoring validated firmware and facilitating recovery of the operating system, application and data connections. When it’s time to retire or repurpose a server, the One Button Secure Erase feature simplifies the complete removal of passwords, configuration settings and data, preventing inadvertent data leakage.
Gen10 servers simplify the creation of a hybrid environment with a variety of features designed to optimize workloads and ensure a consistent experience across both cloud and on-premises infrastructure. For example, the HPE Right Mix Advisor delivers data-driven guidance to quickly and accurately move workloads to the most appropriate platforms.
A workload matching feature automatically optimizes hundreds of BIOS setting combinations to precisely match server resources to workload requirements. This eliminates the trial-and-error process of server tuning. The workload performance advisor monitors server performance and fine-tunes BIOS settings if changing workload characteristics require adjustments to server resources.
On-premises data centers still deliver a lot of value, but organizations can’t afford to rely upon aging and hard-to-maintain legacy technologies. With its Gen10 line of ProLiant servers, HPE creates the ability to modernize the data center in ways that automate manual tasks and streamline operations to enable new levels of efficiency, security and cost-effectiveness. Give us a call to learn more.