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The novel coronavirus was a gut punch for many businesses. The changes wrought by the pandemic’s impact made business agility and flexibility leading necessities. It has spurred companies to fast-track digital transformation and the move to the cloud.

As many managers learn the hard way, a single IT solution cannot offer the required flexibility to adapt to rapidly changing business conditions. Accelerating the migration to multi-cloud architectures is necessary, not just for business growth but for survival.

Trends that were already happening before the pandemic hit are now speeding up. According to the IDC, by 2022, over 90 percent of companies worldwide are expected to meet their infrastructure needs using a mix of on-premises or dedicated private clouds, including multiple public clouds and even legacy platforms. 1

This need for a robust cloud solution designed to help customers manage and optimize multiple on- and off-premises clouds naturally spotlights the pay-per-use automated cloud operating model. Having the ability to scale at will, and micro-manage costs is an attractive feature in the current business environment.

The HPE GreenLake Hybrid Cloud lets customers consume the exact cloud resources they need, wherever their workloads live while driving improved performance, cost, security, and compliance. The perfect solution in a world that is undergoing tremendous uncertainty.

And don’t be intimidated by the complexity. Many enterprises indeed struggle to operate different private, public, and hybrid clouds. Many don’t have the right skillsets to oversee and manage their cloud implementation, leading to high hidden cost and risk.

HPE GreenLake Hybrid Cloud helps solves this problem by setting up processes to manage your cloud resources in the environment of choice. Costs, security, and compliance are established and agreed to before roll-out, with everything handled for you.

Unlike a traditional managed service, GreenLake Hybrid Cloud offers an automated, cloud-native model designed to eliminate the need to train or hire new staff to oversee and manage cloud implementations. The HPE GreenLake helps diminish human error by removing this need and enables staff to focus on innovation.

Organizations that leverage cloud environments can adapt better to the current crisis because they can quickly shift or scale and continue to deliver services. If there is one thing this current crisis has taught us, it’s not to put all your eggs in one basket.

Spreading the risk around to prevent bottlenecks or failure is increasingly driving IT organizations to more diversified options, and leading them to adopt solutions like HPE GreenLake. As the effects of the pandemic fade and business normalize, companies will first be looking to optimize specific workloads that are business-critical.

COVID-19 has forced businesses to prioritize the essential parts of their business. As the economy struggles, it is becoming even more critical to determine what should be kept on-premises and what can be done in the public cloud to save money, improve agility, and generate revenues. In this case, the HPE GreenLake pay-as-you-go consumption model makes perfect sense.

This article is adapted from the David Rand article ‘How COVID-19 accelerated the move to hybrid cloud.’ Contact us for the complete article and more information about how HPE GreenLake can help your business.

1 Manek, S. (2020, March). IDC Expects 2021 to Be the Year of Multi-Cloud as Global COVID-19 Pandemic Reaffirms Critical Need for Business Agility. Retrieved July 2020, from https://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prMETA46165020

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