As your data-center customers can tell you, moving to the cloud isn’t a matter of public vs. private anymore. Instead, the hybrid cloud is fast becoming part of IT’s new normal.
With the hybrid cloud, your customers no longer need to choose either a public or private cloud. Instead, they can leverage multiple clouds with smart workload placement, enjoying the best of both.
The benefits of moving to a hybrid cloud include faster time to market, better TCO, optimized performance, scalability, and improved control, transparency and compliance. Security, traditionally the cloud’s biggest stumbling block, is greatly enhanced too.
That makes hybrid clouds ideal for workloads that include networking, IT security, analytics and data mining, application development and ERP.
That’s leading to a business shift. Market watcher IDC recently predicted that the worldwide market for hybrid-cloud data services will grow on average by 20% a year through 2021, reaching $68.8 billion. Even better, IDC expects that annual growth rate will be 15% faster than growth in the global software market overall.
In fact, the benefits of the hybrid cloud are so powerful, the question isn’t whether it’s good for your customers. Instead, it’s a question of how quickly you can get them there.
Intel Select Solutions
A new program called Intel Select Solutions can help. It offers workload-optimized data-center solutions that have been developed and delivered by Intel and its partners, and based on the Intel Xeon Scalable platforms and adjacent technologies, including data-center SSDs and NICs.
The offerings in Intel Select Solutions are both hardware- and software-based. All have been designed to help your customers select and deploy modern data-center solutions simply and quickly.
As you may already know, those Intel Xeon Scalable processors are pretty impressive. Introduced last year, the CPUs are workload-optimized to support hybrid clouds, high-demand applications, hardware-based security and dynamic service delivery. In other words, just what your data-center customers now demand.
Hybrid cloud in detail
If your customers need to move quickly to a hybrid cloud setup, they currently have 2 main choices. They can select a ready-to-go vendor-specific solution. Or they can create a customized hybrid cloud. Either way, they can enjoy support from Intel and its partners.
Making the vendor-specific choice a little more complicated — but also a little more flexible — there are now 3 leading options:
> VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF): This approach extends an on-premises private cloud to a hybrid cloud environment such as VMware Cloud on Amazon Web Services. VCF and one of its main elements, VMware’s vSAN, are now being verified as Intel Select Solutions.
> Microsoft Azure Stack: It brings Microsoft’s Azure public-cloud service to a customer’s on-premises private and hybrid environments. This lets your customer choose where their data is stored, manage security, reduce latency and decide which Azure services to offer their end users. Azure Stack is also being verified as an Intel Select Solution.
> Open Hybrid Cloud: Intel partner Red Hat offers OpenShift, a container application platform that brings Docker and Kubernetes (tools used for Linux containers) to the enterprise. To ease customer adoption, Intel has created a reference architecture for OpenShift that’s optimized on Intel Xeon Scalable processors.
The other main option, a customized hybrid cloud, involves creating a common cloud core with a cloud management platform, automation framework and platform as a service (PaaS). If your customers want to take this route to the hybrid cloud, several Intel partners can help them, including Right Scale, SaltStack and Cloudify.
Powering the hybrid cloud
Whichever approach your data-center customers take to the hybrid cloud, the Intel Xeon Scalable platforms are worth a look.
Customers move to the hybrid cloud hoping to improve their efficiency, agility and security. And for each of these goals, the Intel Xeon Scalable processors deliver:
> Efficiency: The Intel Xeon Scalable processors are fast, letting your customers deploy and deliver services quickly. According to Intel’s measurements, these CPUs can power up to 4.2 times more virtual machines (VMs) per server than can an older Intel Xeon E5 processor.
> Scalability: As their name implies, the Intel Xeon Scalable processors are highly scalable, enabling your customers to run new workloads and enjoy real-time insights. Intel says the processors provide up to 5 times faster analytics than did the previous generation, and up to 2 times the storage efficiency on a virtual storage network.
> Security: The Intel Xeon Scalable processors have been designed to address your customers’ concerns about cybersecurity. They’ve been benchmarked offering up to 2.4 times faster SSL web-proxy performance than the older Intel Xeon processor E5 v4, the company says. The new processors also run enhanced encryption algorithms. And to address the recent Meltdown and Spectre security issues, Intel has issued firmware updates, and just yesterday it released test results on server platforms running two-socket Intel Xeon Scalable systems.
So don’t let your data-center customers be left behind. The hybrid cloud is fast becoming IT’s new normal. Intel and its partners can help you and your customers get there with speed and ease.
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