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Driving Business Innovation with an Enterprise CloudBy Jessica Carroll, Institute FellowPresented in conjunction with:Driving Business Innovation with an Enterprise Cloud Institute for Digital Transformation 2New Demands for a New EraWhile technology has evolved dramatically since the dawn of the modern computer, its fundamental business drivers and the corresponding approach to data center design has remained largely unchanged. Today, technology is the underpinning of competitive advantage and market differentiation. As a result, organizations are looking at everything anew, seeking ways to leverage technology to give the organization a decisive edge in a quickly shifting digital environment and are placing three new demands on the IT organization.#1 Demand for Innovation. IT holds the capability to drive new opportunities for customer-focused innovation across every part of the enterprise. CEOs know that the future growth and success of their business is rooted in the technologies that can transform product and service innovation. Because of this, IT is expected to re-invent itself by minimizing the emphasis placed on automating processes and re-emerge as the revenue enabling business generator. All heads are turned to the CIO to drive the business into the digital era and deliver on this truth. #2 Demand for RelevanceThe expectation is that IT not only understands the business needs but is also the force that anticipates the market trends. The expectation is that IT provides strategic direction on how to leverage advancements in cloud, mobile, big data, social media and now the Internet of Things (IoT) to elevate business offerings that will delight the customer, ahead of the competition. This is a new role for CIOs and IT teams, whose focus has been fi rst and foremost servicing the business with reliable systems and secure data. In the digital everything of today, the service-oriented IT of yesteryear is not enough. We have seen that for companies willing to take the digital leap, such as a longstanding giant like General Electric or a cutting edge cloud-based start-up such as Uber, IT has the potential to provide competitive growth in untapped product and service offerings never seen before. IT is being asked Is the data center a source for agility and innovation in the modern digital enterprise? Previously seen as a resource-draining engine, IT has opportunity to re-invent the data center as the critical linchpin for enterprise competitive advantage.In this paper we will look at moving beyond the industrial age design of traditional infrastructure and how you can pivot your organization by using an Enterprise Cloud strategy to unlock rapid growth in the digital age.Driving Business Innovation with an Enterprise Cloud Institute for Digital Transformation 3to both unearth these opportunities and have the acumen to translate new technology levers into solutions for driving business growth.But, in turning this demand into a reality there is a challenge to eliminate the cost, speed, and scale barriers of legacy systems. To do so it is necessary to free up the resources and staff consumed with maintaining the old to instead, embrace the new as its top priority. Continuing to expend effort on the support of existing systems wont generate the product and service delivery relevance that is now demanded. Because of this CIOs know that they need to put less focus on data center infrastructure and operations and instead shift more resources and time to new applications and services in partnership with the business. Continuing to expend effort on the support of existing systems wont generate the product and service delivery relevance that is now demanded. See IT Allocation chart below. Deliver and support IT servicesDevelop and maintain IT solutionsDeploy IT solutionsManage enterprise informationManage business resiliency and riskDevelop and manage IT customer relationshipsManage IT knowledgeManage the business of IT34%18% 18%13%10%3%3%3%Percentage of Total IT Cost Allocated to Each ProcessNote: Deliver and support IT services includes managing IT infrastructure and involves preventative maintenance, facilities management, configuration management, and managing the organizational workload and operation of physical assets, irrespective of their physical location. If 34% of IT time is allocated to simply maintaining IT, a % larger than any other single practice, you can infer significant business growth potential if even a portion of that time was pivoted to new product or service offerings.Source: APQC 2014 Report: IT Allocations Article K04736.#3 Demand for Instant FlexibilityPrioritizing for innovation requires an underlying platform that can quickly scale, meet customer SLAs, and lower operating costs. CIOs are looking to bring cloud-like simplicity and agility to their data centers and are looking beyond traditional processes, solutions, and vendors to enable nimble delivery. The cloud promise of flexibility and cost savings has caught the attention of business and IT executives alike, but once contracts are inked they are finding it is not as easy as it sounds to integrate and manage.Driving Business Innovation with an Enterprise Cloud Institute for Digital Transformation 4The Cost of Legacy Traditional data center architecture was designed with industrial era thinking. Infrastructure of the past fit the needs of back office IT where applications and services were slow to change. Infrastructure was hand-crafted from within the enterprise and required capital and a long term labor investment. Because there were minimal outside expectations or pressures for change, infrastructure grew incrementally based on an internal IT time-clock. Legacy infrastructure threatens the ability to compete as a digital enterprise because the traditional design does not allow for the speed, scalability, and flexibility now required. A Conundrum of OptionsBusinesses are looking to reduce capital expenditures yet increase the fabric of how they can adapt to their customers needs. All eyes are on IT to respond quickly to deliver environments that support product and service ideation in hours or days not months or years. An all-in cloud strategy may seem tempting as a complete solution, but managing across multiple cloud vendors adds layers of complexity both in SLA delivery, data flow, and privacy and security concerns. Placing core applications in the cloud can mire internal resources in time consuming integration and support management.In contrast, does the on-premises data center work as an internal cloud platform; can the existing systems be re-purposed as a cloud enabled environment to solve for modern demands? The ideology around on-premises cloud becomes problematic to implement when you inventory your current infrastructure environment. But there are other options.A Fresh PerspectiveThe multi-month lifecycle of the traditional infrastructure blueprint is not intrinsically designed to deliver on the cloud promise. Attempting to redesign your environment to answer these pressures using traditional hardware will only continue the financial and labor drain on your organization. To build an on-premise cloud platform requires a new architectural approach that can embrace self-service provisioning and rapid scaling. Minimizing infrastructure integration and capital investments, without ceding ground on delivering great infrastructure, is possible if services can be re-provisioned in new ways. This requires a shift in the approach to the architectural design and a fresh perspective on what we know about hardware.Based on the Intel Solid-State Drive DC S3710 Series product specification to SpeedHard Disk Drives~200 iopsSolid State Drives85,000 iops**Nutanix configurations use Intel SSD Data Center Family drives Driving Business Innovation with an Enterprise Cloud Institute for Digital Transformation 5The New Enterprise IT Stack A New Way of Seeing the Data CenterThis new innovation enabling data center must be organically different than past designs. The new data center must be invisible in terms of the time and resources to both implement and manage, so that attention can turn to the core priorities of the business. This doesnt negate the need to continue to provide a reliable seamless platform. However, organizations need to envision the environment as a new Enterprise IT Stack that brings all elements of the technology infrastructure together to be managed intuitively. The focus of this new Enterprise IT Stack must be now placed squarely on speed, scale, and flexibility, which can in turn deliver the new digital applications and services that power the business.A Hybrid StrategyTo capitalize on the best of technologies today CIOs must adopt an Enterprise IT Stack with a hybrid approach. In this strategy public cloud should be utilized to reduce the time and resources devoted to managing low value elements of the stack. There are many systems that are perfect candidates for the public cloud, such as human resource systems, back-up and disaster recovery, anti-spam, and even email, where integration is simple and there is value in un-tethering IT from the routine support duties these programs require. Critical core business applications however, are candidates for on-premises delivery where integration efforts and service levels can be directly controlled and secured. But, delivery built on legacy infrastructure wont provide for the flexibility needed. Instead, transformation happens in the design behind a reborn digital data center, where a highly agile, scalable, and reliable internal infrastructure is created on-premises for those elements of the stack that provide competitive and differentiating value to the enterprise. This hybrid approach is the Enterprise IT Stack of the digital era.The Future of Your Data CenterOne of the most significant differentiators the cloud has brought forward is the subscription model, where you pay for what you use. The new digital era data center must also include this pay-as-you-grow model. The days of over-provisioning assets for estimated future growth are over. Pay-as-you-grow on-premises will allow IT to morph the characteristics of the system from compute-heavy to storage-heavy as needs dictate, and lead to a direct positive impact on the corporate bottom line.Turning your on-premises architecture into a design that can accommodate this model is one of the most exciting, yet challenging aspects of solving for the modern demands of the digital business. This is where you can shift IT to an agile innovation and revenue enabler; this is where IT delivers one of the most basic and important value propositions to the business.To meet these demands and to solve for this economic shift, a new Enterprise Cloud infrastructure model is required. A model that is: Reliable and highly scalable Designed to respond perfectly to the adaptive fast moving digital era Crafted to support a financial plan that improves the balance sheet Integrates seamlessly between public and private cloud Designed to position IT to take the lead in driving business innovationEnterprise IT StackLow ValueHigh ValueSaaSIaaSDigital Data CenterDriving Business Innovation with an Enterprise Cloud Institute for Digital Transformation 6With Enterprise Cloud the ease, speed, scale, and cost of cloud delivery can be replicated inside your own data center without the concerns of data integration, security, and SLA management that are characteristic of public cloud implementations. Attaining this transformed future is possible now. The Nutanix Enterprise Cloud platform includes the latest Intel XeonProcessor and high performance Intel Solid State DrivesEnterprise Cloud: The Missing LinkEnterprise Cloud natively combines compute, storage and virtualization into a complete hyperconverged solution where the promises of the public cloud advantage are realized, on-premises. Implementation time is no longer a months-on-end delivery cycle as the hyperconverged solution integrates compute, storage, and virtualization into an easy-to-deploy, single appliance that can be brought to life and scaled out within your data center in just days. Once installed, the architecture allows for scalability through turn-key modular growth, which responds to customer demand elegantly because of the ability to scale outward, not time and cost intensively upward, like infrastructure of the past.An Inteltechnology-based Nutanixinfrastructure delivers 8x faster deployment at 50-60% lower total cost of ownership (TCO). Source: The Path to Hyperconverged Infrastructure, Nutanix 2015 simplicity of the scale-out design is expandable capacity both at the individual node and the modular level. Traditional server, storage, and network configurations were segmented, but hypeconverged infrastructure is founded on an integrated eco-system that is natively tuned to grow effortlessly. On a larger view, the modular nodes are architected to work in tandem with other nodes within the entire scale-out cluster. This means that as you add nodes, rather than working in silos like networks of the past, the nodes integrate as a whole. The more nodes you have the more your compute, storage, and virtualization power can grow. Network bottlenecks are eliminated because the star components (compute, storage, virtualization integration) are engineered from the start as one cohesive virtualized unit across the greater platform.Utility Consistency The reliability of the Enterprise Cloud is founded in the self-healing redundancy behind the design. Enterprise Cloud infrastructures self-heal because of the native integration and the seamless access to resources across the nodes. With a platform that is naturally architected with both fault-awareness and fault-recovery, IT has the ability to reduce dedicated resources for monitoring and support of the platform.With utility consistent performance, Enterprise Cloud infrastructures become the competitive enabling platform of the transformed organization because it is engineered from inception to be the reliable and scalable innovation hub of the business. Driving Business Innovation with an Enterprise Cloud Institute for Digital Transformation 7Of course redundancy planning still needs to be part of the strategy, and depending on the size and scope of your infrastructure and the applications that live on them, an understanding of continuity planning is paramount. Despite the self-healing nature of an Enterprise Cloud data center, putting all of your systems and data on one cluster of nodes will not provide a disaster recovery solution. It is imperative that you include a disaster recovery strategy to protect your on-premises design. Enterprise Cloud solutions have this capability built-in; include a plan that leverages the Enterprise Clouds ability to backup to a geographically separate companion cluster or to the public cloud or both.Hyperconvergence has allowed us to scale our development and production footprint down from eleven to just five equipment racks, equating to around a 55% reduction in what it costs to operate the infrastructure. - Bob Dussault, Director of Infrastructure and Data Security at Hallmark Business ConnectionsA Business Innovation CenterIT executives need to embrace a strategy to drive innovation and create competitive value for their organizations. A re-imagining of the Enterprise IT Stack is required, where commodity items are placed in the public cloud, and core competitive differentiating systems are smartly placed on-premises within the Enterprise Cloud. The Enterprise Cloud is the scalable reliable center of agility and innovation for the business. The pay-as-you-grow model ensures that IT budget investment costs shrink, without cutting valuable assets. With platforms that scale, run reliably, and provide a revenue enabling model, IT truly has opportunity to put focus on the customer-centric thinking that the digital era requires. The needs of the business and the changing technology landscape have ushered in a demand for innovation, relevance, and fast and flexible delivery from IT. Putting the business priorities in direct line-of-sight, a hybrid strategy that includes the Enterprise Cloud will bring the scalable and agile environment needed to fuel the data center of the digital age and pivot your organization into a business innovation center.Enterprise CloudDriving Business Innovation with an Enterprise Cloud Institute for Digital Transformation 8About the AuthorJessica CarrollInstitute FellowMs. Carroll has over 20 years serving in leadership roles in the technology industry most recently as Managing Director for Information Technologies at the United States Golf Association where she led the infrastructure, business resilience, security, operations, and development disciplines. A recognized leader who develops and articulates vision and solutions from both technical and business perspectives, she has a passion for transforming IT into a customer focused organization. In her tenure she has an established history of building a culture of collaboration, trust, and respect among IT and the business. A speaker on the topic of cloud computing and team culture, she has been published in CIOInsight and BizTech magazine, was named a 2010 Computer World Premier 100 IT Leader, and currently serves as the Executive Vice President on the Foundation Board of NJ Society for Information Management.Become a Member of The InstituteWhen you become a member of The Institute, you immediately set yourself apart.Our members are progressive, transformational leaders who are literally changing the world one day at a time. Our goal and mission is to come along side you to help you develop the skills, attitudes and perspectives that you will need on your transformational journey into the digital era.By becoming a member you will: Improve and develop your personal leadership skills Make yourself more marketable and promotable Connect with other transformational leaders Broaden your base of experiences and perspectivesFor our members, we provide a wide range of both free and fee-based resources. These include: Research reports and findings abstracted from both industry and private research we conduct Templates and guides for your transformation programs and projects eBooks & White Papers Live and on-demand Members-only webinars Multi-media educational content Experiential, interactive digital leadership development programsMembership is 100% FREE and includes access to a large library of completely free resources!Join today!This white paper was commissioned by Nutanix and delivered by the Institute for Digital Transformation (IDT).Both Nutanix and Intel provided input data and reviewed the final output. But IDT maintained editorial control over the paper and did not accept changes that contradicted IDTs findings.Copyright 2016. The Institute for Digital Transformation, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is strictly prohibited. Information is based on best available resources. Opinions reflect judgment at the time of production and are subject to change. All referenced trademarks are the property of their respective companies.Driving Business Innovation with an Enterprise Cloud Institute for Digital Transformation 9About The Institute for Digital TransformationThe Institute for Digital Transformation is a content and media organization, existing in the space between a think tank and an analyst/research firm. Through our network of Institute Fellows, we explore the impacts on organizations and their leaders as we transition from the Industrial to the Digital Era. Producing a wide range of insightful and thought-provoking content ranging from white papers and eBooks to interactive development programs to live events, we help develop leaders for the Digital Era and help them transform their organizations into Digital Enterprises.The Institute for Digital Transformation 991 US Highway 22, Suite 200 Bridgewater, NJ 08807 Phone: 877-751-2700 Email: info@i4dt.orgAbout IntelYou may know us for our processors. But we do so much more. Through computing innovation, we push the boundaries of smart and connected technology to make amazing experiences possible for every person on Earth. From powering the latest devices and the cloud you depend on, to driving policy, diversity, sustainability, and education, we create value for our stockholders, customers, and society.About NutanixNutanix makes infrastructure invisible, elevating IT to focus on the applications and services that power their business. The Nutanix enterprise cloud platform leverages web-scale engineering and consumer-grade design to natively converge compute, virtualization and storage into a resilient, software-defined solution with rich machine intelligence. The result is predictable performance, cloud-like infrastructure consumption, robust security, and seamless application mobility for a broad range of enterprise applications.


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