Today’s IT leaders must consider both business objectives and IT capabilities. One example: a healthcare organization wants to improve patient care by giving clinicians near real-time access to health records. But this might require levels of automation and cloud connectivity that the IT team can’t support. In addition, not every workload can or should move to the cloud. Healthcare privacy regulations can dictate where data is stored, thus complicating data management strategies.
On the other hand, the business wants a cloud experience everywhere. That includes giving employees easy access to and high availability for applications and services — no matter whether they’re on-site or working remotely, and whether workloads are in the data center or the cloud.
That’s why 89% of organizations say they will use hybrid services by 2025, according to Frost & Sullivan. Cloud remains a top priority; despite organizational struggles with security, costs, and backups, survey respondents report that 50% of new workloads operate in the cloud.
So, how do you get the best of cloud data management? The answer is a hybrid cloud environment that fits your organization’s unique requirements.
An experience for every corner of the business
Hybrid cloud should be what you want it to be, including the use of a private cloud or on-premises data center. It should also help your business achieve agility, scalability, flexible management, and cost efficiencies.
For example, a streamlined hybrid cloud should provide an elastic model for the data science team to quickly pull together high-performance compute power and data across on prem, cloud, and edge sources. An analytics project may only need those resources for a short time, so the model should provide cost efficiencies, too.
Organizations can achieve these IT and business goals with a foundational as-a-service platform that lets them choose resources right-sized for today, while giving them easy flexibility for tomorrow’s requirements.
The right hybrid cloud platform allows you to:
- Build your cloud, your way, while retaining data control
- Modernize IT at your pace, by blending legacy systems with new cloud services
- Make the most of your data with 100% availability from edge to cloud 
- Achieve a unified cloud experience across all workloads with consistent management capabilities
The right mix of resources
Real-time access to data was the goal of Asante, a community health organization in the US Pacific Northwest. It provides patient services to approximately 600,000 people across three hospitals and numerous physician clinics.
Asante wanted to optimize its medical records environment, ensuring 100% availability of patient information while complying with strict privacy regulations. In addition, they wanted to minimize the impact of having to manage two data centers by making it easier to upgrade infrastructure while reducing capital expenses.
In other words, they wanted “the cloud to come to us,” said Michael York, senior system engineer at Asante.
Asante turned to the HPE GreenLake edge-to-cloud platform, and deployed HPE compute and storage infrastructure as-a-service in their data centers. The platform has helped them achieve multiple benefits, including:
- Always-on services. With an in-house private cloud, Asante achieves 100% availability and a sustainable, cost-effective infrastructure lifecycle
- Financial resiliency. The as-a-service, pay-as-you-go model of HPE GreenLake allows Asante to operationalize costs, freeing up capital
- Data control. Data is stored on servers in their data centers, helping the organization to address compliance issues
“HPE GreenLake was the answer we’ve been looking for,” York said. “The benefit for patients is they get access to a contiguous health record. No matter where they go, data can be used to make decisions right there, in real time.”
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