The Rise of Integrated IT Infrastructure Systems: Top Enterprise Use Cases

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Bimodal IT: Bridging Legacy and Cloud

For established companies reliant on traditional (non-virtualized) IT infrastructure platforms to deliver IT services, there is a path they can follow to tap into cloud agility without turning their backs on legacy investments. Technically, there are two paths, and they're both part of the same conceptual approach: Bimodal IT. The research agency Gartner has identified Bimodal IT as "The practice of managing two separate, coherent modes of IT delivery, one focused on stability and the other on agility. Mode 1 is traditional and sequential, emphasizing safety and accuracy. Mode 2 is exploratory and nonlinear, emphasizing agility and speed."

SDDC architecture supports a bimodal approach by centrally managing all environments – cloud and traditional – allowing for easy migration of workloads as business requirements dictate. But SDDC architecture is just half the story – to get the full benefit of cloud agility and traditional stability, you need a robust, secure, scalable infrastructure that can keep pace with your SDDC architecture workload for workload.

In response to workers' increasing demands for anytime, anywhere access to company data and applications, today's CIOs and CTOs are turning to integrated IT infrastructure systems – converged and hyper-converged infrastructure solutions – to support a data center transition to cloud computing models built on the principles of the software-defined data center (SDDC).

SDDC architecture provides the needed flexibility, availability and security to stay ahead of workers' expectations; ward off rogue incursions into shadow IT; and allow for easy, centralized management of all data center resources. Integrated systems support SDDC architecture with highly scalable, reliable and secure infrastructure solutions that can direct virtualized pools of compute, storage and networking resources wherever they are needed on demand.

In this slideshow, Skip Bacon, vice president, Products – Storage and Availability, VMware, and Bob Madaio, senior director, Infrastructure Platforms Marketing, Hitachi Data Systems, examine the advantages of integrated systems — including converged and hyper-converged infrastructure solutions — in delivering cloud agility, and explore the top use cases for integrated systems being adopted by enterprises today.


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