Archive for October, 2017

Is On-Premises Infrastructure Dead?

Posted on: October 21st, 2017 by Daniella Lundsberg

You’d be a bit stunned if a business leader sat in front of you and said, “What if we just moved our business a little slower?” Moving slower is out of the question as your competitors find new ways to become more agile every day. Unfortunately, enterprises can’t trust legacy IT infrastructures to meet agile demands.

Rather than trying to force legacy systems to adapt to a faster business world, enterprises are embracing the cloud to succeed in digital transformation. The cloud helps businesses be more agile; cloud infrastructure is more flexible than traditional IT; and, most importantly, the cloud comes with an attractive pay structure.

With so many benefits of the cloud, is on-premises IT destined to become obsolete? You may rely more on the cloud every year, but the benefits of on-premises infrastructure are both undeniable and irreplaceable.

Why You Can’t Live Without On-Premises Infrastructure

Small businesses can trust more of their IT resources to the cloud, but there are too many advantages of on-premises infrastructure that enterprises can’t ignore. Even as you adopt cloud infrastructure, you’ll continue to need on-premises infrastructure for:

  • Control Over Resources: The cloud provides flexibility that enterprises need, but you lose a certain level of control whenever you move resources off site. Sacrificing control may be acceptable for some applications. However, there are mission-critical workloads that you need to keep 100% control of on premises.
  • Regulatory Compliance: If you’re in a heavily regulated industry, moving IT infrastructure off premises might put you out of compliance. Until data protection improves in the cloud, on-premises infrastructure will remain necessary.
  • Application Accessibility: Bandwidth is a precious resource for your employees and last-mile constraints can make it difficult to maintain access throughout your organization. At least in a private network, you can rely on the exact resources you provision.
  • Keeping Latency at Bay: WAN connections are more reliable than ever, but that doesn’t mean latency is a thing of the past. Mission-critical applications can’t sustain latency and need to stay on premises to maintain peak performance and availability.

These are just a few advantages of maintaining on-premises infrastructure. The challenge shouldn’t be choosing between the cloud and on-premises infrastructure, though. It should be finding a solution that provides the best of both worlds.

American Digital and HPE SimpliVity Balance Cloud and On-Premises IT


The HPE SimpliVity 380 hyper converged infrastructure solution is the answer for enterprise IT leaders looking to strike a balance between cloud and on-premises benefits. The simple software-defined platform can make your IT infrastructure far more agile and cost efficient without leaving your premises. Instead of sacrificing control, you break down the IT silos that hold your business back by combining compute, storage, and networking functions into one solution.

Among other benefits, you can achieve 49% lower total cost of ownership over the course of three years when compared to running the same virtual machines in Amazon Web Services. On-premises infrastructure certainly isn’t dead — but that doesn’t mean you can’t make it far more efficient.

The only real challenge is taking the right approach to implement HPE SimpliVity 380 in your unique infrastructure. American Digital can help. As a Hewlett Packard Platinum Partner with significant IT expertise, American Digital has the resources to help you get the most out of HPE SimpliVity 380.

If you’re ready to redefine your on-premises IT infrastructure, contact us today.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise specializations include Platinum: Converged Infrastructure, Networking; Gold: Cloud Builder.

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Understanding SAP HANA

Posted on: October 14th, 2017 by Daniella Lundsberg

SAP HANA is an in-memory column-oriented relational database management system that combines database with application processing along with integration services. Available for both on-premise and cloud deployment, SAP HANA makes big data, real-time analytics and aggregation, powerful data processing, data management and data warehousing possible on a single platform. SAP HANA notably out-performs traditional databases, thanks to its ability to keep vast volumes of information in memory, or physically closer to the CPU, and instantly accessible. So you can monitor and analyze incoming data the second it enters the system.

Since the launch of SAP HANA’s flagship product in late 2010, it’s already proven itself for leading organizations from John Deere to eBay and Burberry. Companies are finding that it delivers on its promise to provide a simpler, faster, and more cost-efficient IT architecture capable of presenting business insight in real-time. So much so that customers are putting their entire business suite on HANA and are conducting complex analytical projects with remarkable ease.

SAP HANA employs modern hardware and database systems to combine online transaction with online analytical processing – offered within one single source. As a result, the platform supplies powerful real-time analytics while also simplifying application and database structures. HANA improves reporting and transactional processes, enabling rapid real-time processing of massive amounts of data required to support today’s most innovative Big Data applications.

HANA further eliminates Disk I/O operations along with the creation and storage of indexes and aggregates. By reducing the complexity of coding, administration, and infrastructure, it allows for simpler design with fewer objects and operations. Organizations using SAP HANA are able to shrink their storage footprint, eliminate the need for multiple layers of software and hardware, and improve performance while reducing their power consumption and total cost of ownership. Put simply, SAP HANA simplifies your technology stack.

Companies considering HANA have two avenues for implementation. The first is a Full/Enterprise Use license, with cost based on database or gigabyte size. This is ideal for companies looking into Big Data, agile datamarting, operational reporting, custom application design, side-car accelerators to the SAP Business Suite, and side-car Operational Reporting using customized or pre-delivered HANA live content. Shifting to the HANA database also provides the ability to access new HANA-based applications and tools including Simple Finance and HANA-Live.

SAP HANA Live, just one application included in the SAP Suite, delivers real-time operational reporting based on customizable virtual data models. This real-time reporting is achievable without negatively affecting performance. Dynamic tiering provides a smart and cost-efficient means for data archival and the management of massive amounts of data from multiple sources. SAP HANA’s powerful Big Data and predictive analytics capabilities also give customers the ability to build analytics solutions that provide unprecedented up-to-the-second operational visibility, forecasting, and analysis.

In addition to Full/Enterprise Use license, SAP HANA may be installed under its Run-Time License, with actual cost based on SAP application value. The Run-Time License has no gigabyte restriction. This option is recommended for companies that don’t require Big Data but, instead, simply want to replace and upgrade their existing database to prepare for future growth and to take advantage of its many benefits and innovations. The Run-Time License is also suitable for organizations interested in side-car accelerators to the SAP Business Suite.





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