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IT Consumption: On-Demand Capacity, On-Premise Control

Organizations today are increasingly adopting as-a-service models just to keep pace. The public cloud enables agile, scalable, and cost-effective data storage on demand. But not all workloads were made for the public cloud.

For example, after announcing that they were adopting a cloud-first strategy, a U.S.-based financial services firm began migrating their most critical applications to the cloud. Soon after, they realized that many of these applications needed to remain on site for security and compliance purposes. When they tried to migrate these workloads back on premise, they discovered that their data was being held hostage by their cloud provider.

Today, they’re stuck in limbo. They haven’t fully transitioned to the cloud or paid the hefty egress charges needed to release their data.

Fortunately, infrastructure consumption models allow you to keep some workloads on premise, yet still enjoy the cost and agility benefits of the cloud. It’s an ideal storage solution for your most sensitive and business-critical workloads and data.

Avoid costly overprovisioning with capacity on demand

Instead of the typical 9-month procurement cycles needed to add storage capacity (and the over-investment and overprovisioning that typically result), HPE GreenLake provides “capital-less” capacity on demand in edge, colocation, and data center environments. 

This pre-integrated solution allows organizations to store and back up data on premise and can be delivered to your door in as few as 14 days. There are no up-front capital costs and with a pay-per-use model, you only pay for capacity consumed above your reserved amount. Think of it as on-prem-as-a-service. Benefits include:

  • Faster time to value – Eliminate lengthy procurement cycles and upfront capital costs and get ready-to-ship configurations for 75 percent faster time to market.
  • 30-40 percent capex savings – Avoid upfront capital costs with pre-configured storage delivered to your door in as few as 14 days.
  • Visibility into costs – Enjoy usage-based monthly payments with visibility into line-of-business users’ actual usage and enable cost controls and chargebacks.
  • IT resource savings of up to 40 percent – Offload infrastructure management and free your team to support strategic initiatives with included management services.
  • Flexible scalability – Deploy extra capacity in minutes and only pay for actual usage. If demand persists, additional capacity can be delivered.

Case in Point:  A storage refresh with HPE GreenLake

When two financial giants merged in 2017, they turned to Logicalis to refresh and integrate their IT systems and consolidate the new company’s many support contracts into a single easily managed global contract.

But when it comes to storing and processing data in the fast-paced, highly regulated world of finance, many mission-critical workloads must be stored on premise—an especially costly proposition.

So when this global giant needed to refresh their storage and backup systems in 2020 just to keep ahead of change, they again turned to Logicalis.

Working closely with their client and the HPE team, Logicalis helped them optimize their workloads and then architected and implemented an HPE GreenLake solution for their on-premise storage needs.

What would’ve cost this global company many months and millions in capital to procure the needed capacity to maintain their mission-critical data and applications on site, was operationalized to a monthly cost and completed within 30 days.

Today, this client can scale capacity on the fly, while maintaining control over their costs and environment. What’s more, their IT team has re-focused on business-critical initiatives instead of day-to-day storage management. 

Logicalis:  Helping to optimize your storage workloads

An HPE partner since 1993, Logicalis not only thoroughly understands HPE technologies, we bring significant vertical expertise in healthcare, education, state and local governments, and manufacturing. Our certified engineers and professionals will work closely with you and HPE teams to determine which workloads should move to the cloud and which should stay on premise. Then we’ll deliver a solution that dissolves your storage challenges, while putting your data to work for you, wherever it lives.

To understand your needs, we’ll conduct an executive-level workshop with your key stakeholders. Then we’ll perform an assessment, before architecting a solution for your consideration.

To learn more about IT infrastructure consumption and the real-world applications of HPE GreenLake, listen to this Podcast with Peter Brennan, HPE’s VP & Managing Director of Global & Enterprise Accounts. Click here for more information on the Logicalis/HPE partnership.

Brandon Harris is the Senior Director/Data Center Technology Sales for Logicalis, responsible for helping to solve customers’ data center issues.