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Is Consumption-Based IT Really Worth Your Investment?

Posted on: October 24th, 2018 by american digital

It seems like a lifetime ago that Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) emerged and sparked the mass IT exodus to cloud computing. Over the last 12 years, pay-per-use, as a service, and on-demand resources have become the norm — and for good reason. Consumption-based IT promises to support the agility and flexibility necessary to thrive in a digital economy.

Regardless of industry or company size, the shift to consumption-based IT is clear. In fact, IDC research indicates that by 2020, consumption-based procurement will account for 40% of enterprise IT infrastructure spending, eclipsing traditional procurement in the process.1

But for business and IT leaders considering an update to their traditional models, the question remains — is consumption-based IT worth the investment?

What Makes Consumption-Based IT the Better Option?

Consumption-based IT is the perfect match for hybrid IT. In a world where mixtures of on-premises, public cloud, and private cloud systems and applications make up the IT infrastructure, traditional operating models can’t deliver the proper balance of agility, control, and scalability.

To maintain a competitive advantage, you need an IT model that helps you adapt rapidly to the changing tech landscape. That’s where consumption-based IT thrives:

  • Consumption-based IT balances the flexibility of cloud infrastructure with the control and reliability you’d expect from your on-premises data centers.
  • Consumption models let you pay for IT resources and capacity on demand, reducing CapEx and the costs associated with traditional procurement processes.
  • IT consumption models enable rapid infrastructure expansion to accommodate the needs of new projects and workloads.

All of these benefits contribute to greater alignment between business and IT leaders. And when both sides of an organization are aligned, you’re in a better position to deliver innovative products and services to your customers.

How HPE GreenLake Flex Capacity Delivers Tangible Value

HPE GreenLake Flex Capacity is an infrastructure solution that applies a consumption-based IT model across hybrid IT environments. It’s a solution that helps organizations balance the best of both worlds—the economics of on-demand cloud services with the control and data security of on-premises infrastructure.

A Forrester Total Economic Impact™ report has identified the tangible benefits of adopting consumption-based IT through HPE GreenLake:2


  • 65% shortened time to market for global IT projects
  • 30% CapEx savings by eliminating overprovisioning
  • 90% reduction in professional services and support costs
  • 40% increase in IT productivity

Unlocking all of these financial and organizational benefits requires customized deployment of HPE GreenLake. Every IT environment is unique, which means you need a partner with the experience to help you get the most out of consumption-based IT.

As an HPE Platinum Partner, American Digital is uniquely capable of helping you maximize the value of HPE GreenLake. Contact us today to learn how we can help you implement a modern, consumption-based IT model.

1 IDC, “’As a Service’ IT Consumption Model for Digital Business Innovation,” Jan 2018.

2 Forrester Research, “The Total Economic Impact™ Of HPE GreenLake Flex Capacity,” 2018.

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