Different computing workloads require different workload placement options. You may place workloads on-premises in your data center that you still own, off-premises in data centers of hosting providers, or in the public cloud.
Which option is used for which workload may depend, of course, on your sourcing strategy, but there are also some general rules of thumb that many organizations follow considering their workloads.
For many organizations, their motto is “Cloud first”
They may be well advised to do so, especially if affordable agility and cost reduction are their main concerns. But opting for a public cloud solution is not the best piece of advice in every situation.
Compliance demands and the need to have full control over the applications necessitate a private cloud approach on-premises. And workloads providing a high business value, but that are rather complex, e.g. due to a high level of customization, may run better on a traditional infrastructure on-premises.
It may even be that stable workloads can be generally run more cost-effectively in your own data center. For less complex workloads with a low level of customization, while at the same time providing a comparatively lower business value, it might be better to run off-premises, thus getting the assets off of your balance sheet and not binding staff for admin of these legacy workloads.
While on-premises dominated the market in the past, analysts predict an equal share of the three options for the next 2-3 years. But no matter what the shift will look like exactly, all three options will be needed, and most organizations will be faced with a blend of these options and the challenge that all three worlds need to be linked together somehow. This is exactly what Hybrid IT is.
For their on-premises deployments, businesses will need servers, storage, network components and software, as well as product-related services. If possible, they will deploy integrated systems, which help reduce complexity, time, risk and cost, while increasing operational efficiency.
For some workloads, hyper-converged architectures might be the best choice, for others, the classic architecture approach might still be the better choice. The advantages of integrated systems in general will also bring you quite close to the agility that cloud solutions may provide.
Again, depending on your strategy, you will operate your on-premises infrastructures on your own or have them operated by a managed infrastructure services provider. Off-premises infrastructures are often managed by your hosting provider, but particularly in co-location scenarios, self-managed infrastructures are still a preferred option.
Which option is right for you?
What will your ideal blend of options look like? If you don’t find the right answer by yourself, it’s important to get neutral advice from someone with expertise, but without a hidden agenda; someone who has your best interest in mind.
Fujitsu provides this neutral Hybrid IT consulting service without a hidden agenda. No matter what turns out to be the ideal mix for you, Fujitsu is able to help; for on-premises deployments with PRIMERGY industry standard servers, mission-critical PRIMEQUEST servers and ETERNUS storage with a proven track record in performance, quality, reliability and efficiency.
For various use cases, integrated systems are offered under the PRIMEFLEX brand either ready-to-run or as reference architectures, which can be flexibly adapted to your specific requirements. In all these cases, managed infrastructure services are an additional option. If hosting is desired, your infrastructure will be located in a Fujitsu data center, fully managed by Fujitsu. And finally, Fujitsu’s global cloud services cover the rest.
But how can we link everything together seamlessly? The answer is Fujitsu’s Enterprise Service Catalog Manager. It is a self-service portal for multi-tenants with metering and flexible billing functionality, which connects to your on-premises and your off-premises infrastructure, and to various 3rd party clouds, such as Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, VMware Cloud on AWS and more. As an enabling technology, it makes Hybrid IT a reality, helping you cope with today’s workload placement dilemma.
And if you want to move between the worlds, Fujitsu will support you with the respective workload migration services.
For more information, visit the following websites:
FUJITSU Integrated System PRIMEFLEX
FUJITSU Software Enterprise Service Catalog Manager