To have a complete and strategic view of transformation, you must start with an application centric point of view. Ensuring that applications have the right strategy for service level agreements whether on premises or off premises entails having a hybrid cloud strategy. Dell EMC leverages hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) to deliver completely integrated and supported HCI solutions and hybrid cloud platforms that modernize, automate, and transform the enterprise datacenter and IT Transformation.
The following figure shows the Dell EMC model for digital transformation.
Figure 1. Dell EMC model for digital transformation
Dell EMC delivers fully engineered turnkey hyperconverged infrastructure solutions that enable businesses to innovate faster and accelerate IT operations.
Dell EMC converged and hyperconverged infrastructure delivers application-focused solutions built on best-of-breed hardware and software that provide real business value, while dramatically reducing the risk and cost of deploying mission critical, general purpose, and cloud native applications.
And finally, Dell EMC offers a full range of services and flexible consumption models to help make it faster and easier to consume these solutions.
One of the first steps a business can take in their transformation journey is to simplify infrastructure deployment and management by introducing hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) into the environment. HCI systems essentially collapse the traditional three-tier server, network, and storage model so that the infrastructure itself is much easier to manage.
Adopting hyperconverged infrastructure solutions that natively integrate compute, storage, virtualization, management and data services significantly reduces IT administrative tasks and create the foundation for a modern IT infrastructure. HCI solutions are optimal for reducing infrastructure costs and simplifying management, regardless of workload deployment and extent of implementation.
Many businesses would ultimately like to automate IT service delivery through a self-service catalog via a hybrid cloud. The hybrid cloud delivers the following benefits:
The vision of hybrid clouds is not new. Businesses have tried to deploy hybrid clouds using traditional infrastructure based on scale-up storage accessed over a storage network that is deployed and scaled in big chunks. While it is possible to build cloud capabilities on traditional three‐tier infrastructure with scale‐up storage, this is not the optimal solution.
If businesses want full IT transformation to the cloud support their application environment, Dell EMC can modernize, automate, and transform IT operations with complete turnkey, hybrid cloud platforms built on hyperconverged infrastructure.
Businesses do have the option of building a completely customized solution. Integrating storage, networking, compute, data protection, monitoring and reporting, and then figuring out how to get all of them to work together can be time consuming, but provides the most flexibility for an organization that may want prescribed vendor components as a part of their solution. Planning, designing and building a custom solution is a complex project that often takes months or years to come to fruition—too long if a business needs to roll out a solution to address immediate business needs and it can be costly to maintain or upgrade over the long term.
The challenge for IT is that complexity exists at each of these layers, so building and maintaining a functional, resilient cloud can be very difficult. Many companies find that doing it themselves requires more than 70% of their IT resources and budget, leaving few resources to focus on innovation and projects that add real value to the business.
For most businessess, the best way to consume HCI solutions is to buy them fully integrated with lifecycle management and single source of support. Buying versus building delivers the best time-to-value, operational simplicity, and 5-year total cost of ownership savings of 619% over a traditional three-tier, build-your-own approach.