In today’s digital economy, markets and customer purchasing behaviors are changing. Today’s customers expect everything to be available online, anytime, anywhere, and from any type of device. In order to satisfy these expectations, enterprise IT departments have to react quickly to changing business needs while continuing to manage the mission-critical legacy workloads that “keep the lights on.” In addition to adhering to regulatory requirements and complying with existing change-management processes, enterprise IT is faced with multiple operational challenges that put pressure on the resiliency and reliability of the infrastructure they manage.

 

To this end, enterprises are having to engage in a process of digital transformation, away from traditional infrastructure and toward a flexible technology stack that has the agility, scalability, predictability, and automation to react to changing business needs without risking normal business operations.

 

The process of transformation is typically unique for every enterprise — as are the business drivers that prompt it. At one end of the spectrum, organizations based on traditional enterprise IT are looking to achieve drastic cost savings from the consolidation of their virtualized environments, while at the other side, IT organizations are implementing infrastructure to support DevOps cultures that provide self-service resources and enable the refactoring of traditional client/server workloads into agile cloud-based applications. Given the diversity of organization, drivers, and environments, enterprise IT is looking to the highly flexible architecture of a next generation data center (NGDC) to enable their transformation — an architecture that can meet their changing business needs while seamlessly integrating into, and supporting, their existing infrastructure.

 

A next generation data center such as this cannot be, by its very nature, reliant upon traditional storage infrastructure. Instead, its foundations are built upon a new type of storage, a next generation storage architecture (NGSA) – one that is inherently agile, scalable, and predictable.

 

Enterprise IT Can’t Transform Using Storage that Forces it to Live in a Traditional Infrastructure World

The NGSA is the next generation in storage  — one that can scale non-disruptively and incrementally across multiple platforms to support business growth — yet continue to provide guaranteed, controlled performance at reduced, cloud-like operational costs. It has the agility to easily automate, scale, and orchestrate across multiple platforms in addition to providing predictable workload delivery at scale through self-service capabilities that are irrespective of the platform used.

 

Only NetApp SolidFire has a next generation storage architecture that can meet all these requirements and enable enterprise IT to transition from existing environments to the next generation data center. Organizations are demanding IT transformation without operational risk — irrespective of existing environment. Only a next generation data center powered by a next generation storage architecture can meet this need.

 

Download your complimentary 2017 Strategic Roadmap for Storage report from Gartner, and learn more about how you can be successful in your storage transformation process.

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Simon Wheeler

Simon is the Senior Product and Segment Marketing Manager at SolidFire where he helps service providers position, market, and generate demand for their NetApp SolidFire-based storage services. He has 25 years of product marketing and management experience in multiple industries.