The Data Center is Not Dead – Why Bimodal Matters

Author: Eric Tomasello, Director, Cloud Solutions

Eric Tomasello is director of cloud solutions at Eastern Computer Exchange where he advises clients on cloud computing, virtualization, infrastructure architecture, service management and delivery technologies and more. An expert in legacy, modern and emerging technologies, Tomasello challenges old-school thinking around IT to deliver transformative change. As a Mets and Jets fan, he practices Mixed Martial Arts to better manage the pain of continued defeat.

If it’s in the cloud it must be better. Right? Not necessarily.

Without a doubt, the cloud is a hot topic these days as more and more senior executives are pushing for a cloud-first strategy. While cloud-based computing can be an important part of an effective IT roadmap, ignoring the on-premise environment could prove costly.

Moving to the cloud is not an absolute.

We hear so much lately about the significant benefits of moving to the cloud: lower infrastructure costs, more predictive expense management, easier access across devices, etc. But there’s more to the story than that—and that story is built on a bimodal framework.

A bimodal framework is one that supports two parallel IT tracks, or modes. Mode 1 is where organizations have been living for years with their on-premise legacy applications. Traditional and sequential, this mode is optimized for areas that are more predictable and well understood. Mode 2, widely believed to be the wave of the future, is the exploratory mode. Optimized for areas of uncertainty, it’s where productive experimentation and problem solving occur. And that, my friends, is the cloud.

Here’s the dilemma: while Mode 2 offers a new kind of business value, more times than not it comes at the expense of Mode 1. In other words, most IT folks aren’t optimizing both modes. They’re turning their back on their on-premise data centers in hopes of a more promising alternative in the cloud.This thinking is flawed, and I’ll tell you why: a well-rounded IT strategy includes BOTH the cloud and on-premise applications. Rather than a one-or-the-other mindset, a bimodal approach allows organizations to create and capture business value as they balance their legacy and emergent systems. In fact, when organizations align their legacy infrastructure with public cloud offerings, glitches can be identified earlier and at a much lower level of investment, while the overall needs of the organization are met much more efficiently. The fact is, no one mode can answer the complex and evolving needs of any organization. BOTH need to be explored.

Don’t ignore it. Transform it.

Your data center is still very much relevant to your business strategy. Aligning it with your cloud strategy requires a new approach. This is where the gold standard of hyperconverged solutions, like VxRail or VxRack, comes into play. Using a hyperconverged strategy, you can transform your legacy data centers into Software Defined Data Centers, allowing you to pull value from your on-premise applications, but with the functionality and feel of the cloud.

With your entire infrastructure virtualized and delivered as a service, your servers can communicate privately and securely between each other behind the scenes. In this environment, key data center functions run as software, so you can focus less on maintaining legacy infrastructure and more on delivering business value, quickly and cost effectively. Or take it a step further and extend your on-premise data center into the cloud with services like VMware Cloud on AWS. Here, you can run your legacy applications on-premise while using the cloud for bursting or disaster recovery when additional resources are needed.

Your data center: alive, well and ready for the future.

The data center is far from dead, and the cloud alone does not hold all the answers. Yes, the desire for cloud‐type consumption is expanding, but that doesn’t mean you should leave your data center behind to get there. The benefits are clear. With a Software Defined Data Center, you’ll reap all of the rewards that the cloud has to offer—simplicity, agility and cost savings—with the benefit of on-premise control.

If you haven’t begun thinking about evolving your infrastructure, there’s never been a better time than now.

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