IT modernization: conversion of mission-critical servers

Data centers and servers, respectively, are the engines of choice for enterprises of all sizes to ensure business success. It promotes innovation and competitive advantage, which is particularly important in times when many companies are considering adopting new IT solutions as part of a digitization strategy. Only powerful servers that deliver reliable, fast service to users can keep pace with business development. Therefore, it is important and useful to keep them up to date.

Challenge to servers in the age of cloud, virtualization and big data

Upgrading to servers running the latest Intel Xeon processors enables a modern infrastructure that delivers higher performance, lower cost of ownership, and new business opportunities. Selected Xeon-based servers are currently favorably priced by HPE. Here are different models ready for different scenarios. Some of the models are among the world’s top selling servers. Given the fact that most of the budget in enterprises has to be used to run the current infrastructure, there is little room for expansion and new investment. But they can be worthwhile.

The infrastructure, the servers, the company and the requirements are constantly growing. As a result, the cost of energy and cooling increases as companies rely on slow and outdated servers. It can quickly lead to a downward spiral through outdated hardware, slow infrastructure and inadequate budgets. By investing in new servers, you can reduce costs, relieve the burden on your budget, and increase network performance and efficiency.

So, when companies and IT managers decide to make new investments, they must be worthwhile and have a positive impact on the business operations of the company. Therefore, not only must new servers be cheap, but they must also be powerful and scalable. If the requirements of the company grow, then the servers must be able to grow with them without being completely replaced. Scalability is therefore an important purchasing criterion for modern servers.

Reasons for a server upgrade

The optimization of your own IT infrastructure also brings competitive advantages. First and foremost, companies get more power from new servers. This increases the efficiency of users, as tasks can be done faster and more reliably. Improved energy efficiency also reduces energy consumption. This reduces costs, simplifies data center cooling and relieves administrators. By saving IT staff time, further innovations can be developed within the company without neglecting other areas.

Other arguments speak in favor of updating servers. As a result, improved safety and risk management is usually achieved. Also worth mentioning is of course the improvement and acceleration of business processes. With modern servers, IT can also accelerate the introduction of new products and services through automation and template-based deployments that do not require dedicated IT staff.

More efficiency through faster delivery

This is achieved by combining the latest hardware, software, and orchestration options into resource pools that deploy, for example, HPE ProLiant servers. As a result, the utilization can be significantly improved. A problem in many companies is that IT support issues waste a lot of IT staff time. Manpower is tied up and new projects and innovations are slowed down. The IT professionals, most of whom are already heavily used anyway, are thereby hindered from carrying out more important tasks.

HPE ProLiant servers can be deployed and configured much faster than many other servers, providing benefits that would otherwise only be achieved in cloud environments, meaning extremely fast deployment with little overhead. Therefore, the servers are particularly suitable for virtualization environments, private clouds or as a platform for UCC solutions.

This is achieved not only by the powerful and highly scalable hardware, but also in interaction with the software solutions. The HPE OneView management tool enables automated deployment and configuration. Even administrative tasks during operation can be carried out much faster.

New server services, cloud and big data pose new challenges for enterprises and IT managers

Even small and medium-sized businesses are constantly integrating new server services, outsourcing data and processes to the cloud, or using functions from Big Data and Business Intelligence. This complicates the IT infrastructure and introduces new challenges to the servers of your own company. The connection of external users, mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets as well as their administration, additionally burden servers and IT personnel.

These challenges are best solved by the latest hardware and software. Outdated networks and servers as well as isolated IT environments without modern servers are often no longer able to optimally address the challenges faced by companies. Such structures not only slow down users and IT staff, but they are also labor-intensive, often waste energy through over-demand, are ineffective and, above all, too slow to optimally deploy modern server applications.

No investment in infrastructures for peak loads

By modernizing the infrastructure and servers, IT can introduce a flexible usage model, avoiding investment in infrastructures designed to meet demand peaks and extreme situations. It is better if the servers used have enough reserves to function properly even during peak loads and extreme situations. Outdated servers with older processors are often unable to do this.

Modern servers with current Intel Xeon processors have no problems. However, even here IT managers should not plan at the limit, but better use a server that can handle even higher loads easier. This makes the network more scalable and stable.

Virtualization and employee mobility

The most common additional burdens on server hardware in practice are virtualization and the connection of external users via tablet and smartphone. Although virtualization can minimize the number of servers, the remaining servers must have significantly improved performance and efficiency. Bundling multiple virtual servers and their server services onto one physical server puts more strain on the hardware and makes more efficient use of it.

By being able to connect mobile users via modern servers, employees in the company can plan and use their time much more flexibly and intelligently. Spatial, temporal, and device dependency on users has been a drag on corporate innovation in the past. Nowadays, users need to be able to access critical data and server services anytime, anywhere, and with any device. The most important part of this is the servers, which make this access possible, but also have to provide it safely and efficiently.

Why are HPE ProLiant Gen9 servers the ideal foundation for efficient networks

HPE ProLiant Gen9 servers are designed to support service-oriented, converged, software-defined, cloud-ready, and workload-optimized IT. Put simply, this server should have enough capacity to meet all imaginable needs. But that is not all. The servers are easily and inexpensively expandable to meet growing demands. These benefits reduce the time and money required to deliver IT services while adding value to the business.

For these reasons, HPE has been a market leader in the server business for 25 years and one of the leading innovators in the IT business environment for more than 40 years. HPE ProLiant Gen 9 servers based on Intel Xeon processors facilitate service delivery with comprehensive automation features and service level agreement compliance. The servers have always leveraged available capacity efficiently and have built-in agility to work with other heterogeneous data center servers.

The servers are available as departmental servers, as servers for small and medium-sized enterprises, or for corporate data centers. Overall, the product line of ProLiant servers is Tower (ML), Rack (DL), Blade (BL), and Hyperscale (Apollo). There is the right model for every requirement. The models are available as stand-alone servers, as computing blocks, or as a complete solution for converged data centers. The administration is done centrally with HPE OneView. The various servers and resources no longer work side by side, but “know each other” and can work together optimally.

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