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19 July 2019

Human Computer Interaction sounds better.

ASE on H.C.I

Yet another acronym to add to the crowded technology landscape. Like we need more.
If you’re reading this blog, then it’s likely you work in tech, so you get it.
Therefore, join along to take a deep dive into what HCI means and why NetApp’s offering is different, at least from ASE’s perspective anyway.

According to Gartner by 2020 at least 20% of businesses critical applications will have moved from traditional infrastructure to HCI. Navigating the HCI space, to find the best suited option can be a quagmire for business. Add to this brand changes to the term HCI; initially Hyper Converged Infrastructure, to its current naming convention Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure, it’s no wonder those of us who are non-technical, are left asking for H.E.L.P.

In its most simplistic form HCI is in fact a one stop shop modular solution. Supporting storage and compute in a unified environment; easy to deploy and manage. Offering predictable performance, flexibility and scalable architecture. Sounds simple right.

Imagine Lego. Imagine stackable needs.
As the consumption of data grows, so does its inherent value and perception from once being just an output derived as a by-product to now being considered a high valued asset on a balance sheet. A key contributor to enhancing stakeholder engagement (internal/external) and positive customer experiences.

HCI’s ability to individually scale storage and compute needs based on requirements means that resources can be tailored more effectively. In simple terms, allowing resources to be focused on areas such as applications and software, those critical parts of the technology stack that manage data; its movement and invaluable derivatives. Resulting in smarter and more accurate data insights, that influence and underpin positive user experiences. Creating the nurturing bed for new digital high touch opportunities that have not been envisaged yet.

Cloud. Seeing the trees from the forest.
The cloud. Probably one of the most over used terms, ever. Either you use cloud, migrating to cloud or ranting about the challenges of cloud. Either way, it’s all about cloud!

An interesting aspect of HCI  and perhaps its most unassuming benefit, is the fact that as a NetApp offering, HCI supports a truly agnostic and in some cases, even native (i.e. Azure) file access and integration, not just within cloud but across each and all of the major hyperscalers. Once again separating the infrastructure (tin) and focusing on what the tin actually and importantly supports – data and its use! Notably data’s accessibility across on premise, data centres and public cloud environments. Why chose one, when  can have all (or least the best suited options). Giving choice, agility with the added ability to now innovate – faster!

Containerisation. The maverick of infrastructure.
CapEx vs OpEx? This conundrum is fast changing through the innovation in containerisation. Aside from disrupting the status quo, containerisation will provide the ability for IT custodians to spin up, on-demand, infrastructure environments (containers) for a predetermined timeframe and use. At the end of its requirement the container environment is disposed automatically. Leading to an increase adoption in IaaS and its ability to seamlessly align to the benefits of HCI functionality; further extending the true data fabric protocol to the edge and back. Limitless right?

Only limitless to a certain degree. This hinders on good connectivity. The enabler- without it, nothing much works, not even containers. Imagine a complete stack – compute, storage and now networking all in one.

Underpinned by ASE’s data centric connectivity (separate to traditional telco offerings), HCI is further enhanced by ASE F.L.U.D. (aka, Fabric Linked Universal Interface to Data).
Allowing for the movement of data across uncapped bandwidth locations whilst enabling customers to access their data needs based on demand, at any time, without penalties and time constraints, prohibitive in the past. Yes, no egress!

Most exciting however is the ability to now offer impending and disruptive consumption based models to traditional infrastructure offerings, through HCI and its flexibility to extend the Data Fabric. Not just rip and replacing gear but actually addressing current and future business needs with fixed costs.

The E.N.D
Whether it’s simply affordably or optimisation, applications and or data management; having tools and capabilities that can deal with multi-cloud and hybrid relationships among them is essential to the success of human computer interaction. Right?

Contact ASE for information on #HCI, #NetApp Kubernetes and #ASE FLUID.
We’d be delighted to chat.

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