Businesses seldom have a grand plan for their cloud infrastructure. Instead, they add services as they’re needed. They build-up a fragmented hybrid cloud which isn’t as cost-effective as it could be. Managing it becomes a time-consuming task.
Cloud services are supposed to save money, but sometimes you find a surprise in your bills. If you chose the wrong plan or have more usage than you expected, costs can go over budget. Lack of oversight can cause other headaches, including security risks.
The term “hybrid cloud” has a range of meanings. At its simplest, it’s a public cloud plus an on-premises system or a private cloud. At its most complex, it includes multiple instances of all three system-types. Administrators handling complex hybrid clouds face a serious management challenge. They need to learn new skills and acquire suitable tools.
The HPE GreenLake Solution
Having separate management consoles for each vendor, and for local systems, is aggravating. HPE GreenLake Hybrid Cloud offers a centralized solution—an overview of all your cloud services on a single pane of glass. You can see what they cost on an ongoing basis. HPE’s best practices and proprietary techniques help customers use the cloud resources they need without waste.
HPE GreenLake Hybrid Cloud includes tools for managing performance, cost, compliance, and security. Using them makes the administrator’s job less of a time sink. Admins have more time for innovation and personal attention to users. They can make decisions based on complete information and intelligent recommendations with less risk of mistakes or oversights.
Hybrid Cloud Economics
The cloud isn’t a magic formula for saving money. You can save money, but it depends on how well you manage your resources. The best formulas aren’t necessarily intuitive. One service might offer just as much as a competing one but cost far less.
HPE GreenLake uses an outcome-based IT consumption model to compare the costs of alternatives. Its continuous cost services provide an up-to-date overview of costs. It matches costs against business cases and makes recommendations for saving money.
Security and Compliance
Following standards for security and privacy is vital to a business’s operation. Failing to pass a PCI audit or experiencing a HIPAA-related breach is expensive and disruptive. HPE GreenLake offers a monitoring service for real-time compliance assessment. Admins get an alert if any issues are detected, so they can fix the problem quickly.
Configuration changes or added data fields can break a service’s compliance. HPE GreenLake’s monitoring features ensure services stay in compliance and promptly reports any violations. Your risk of data loss is far lower when mistakes don’t go undetected.
A Better Bottom Line
Even a moderately complicated hybrid cloud typically has a lot of waste that can be cut. Deploying it optimally, eliminating services that aren’t needed, and getting the right level of service will substantially reduce your cloud budget. At the same time, you’ll be more confident your services are performing properly and efficiently. Contact us today to learn how HPE GreenLake can improve all your hybrid cloud operations.
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