(and how this model streamlines IT operations so they can help the business succeed, too)

Building and running infrastructure is no easy job – you’ve either got to build it from the ground up, buy it from the public cloud, or figure out how to combine the two, optimally and efficiently. There are certainly advantages (and disadvantages) to each approach. But a new way based on consumption might be the best of all possible worlds. Why not get the flexibility of a hybrid deployment with the cost savings of a per-per-use model?

In this blog post, we take you through the ins and outs of consumption-based IT and six key capabilities to look for in possible solutions.

First of all, what is consumption-based IT? Simply put, it’s an approach that delivers the flexibility and agility of the cloud with the security and control of on-premises infrastructure and is billed on a pay-per-use basis. This approach is exciting because it gives companies the benefits of each model at a time when companies need fresh, innovative approaches to support their digital transformation initiatives. And because IT is expected to drive value for the business beyond solving problems, it’s important to be able to understand, track, and manage capacity usage.

What should I look for in a solution?

  1. Complete, pre-designed solutions OR customizable infrastructure

If you are thinking about consumption-based infrastructure, look for solutions that offer pre-packaged solutions to take the complexity out of IT. But we know that pre-designed solutions might not work for every organization, so make sure your vendor also offers infrastructure that is customizable to your preferences and business needs.

  1. Key usage insights

The data related to usage and associated costs can be the key to unlocking valuable information about the business and learning how to drive even greater advantages from the deployment. Look for solutions that offer pre-defined reports that can be used right out of the gate but that also give you the ability to customize the right analytics for your organization. Such a solution should:

  • Allow you to get both a high-level overview as well as a deep-dive into the analytics
  • Produce audience-specific reports and dashboards
  • Enable you to choose the data fields that matter most to your organization

This will allow you to create reports that speak directly to what your various audiences really want to know with the level of detail and specificity that’s most appropriate.

  1. Greater control of spend

Because you can see what you spend, where, and when, you have more control over those costs and capacity usage. Because these solutions invoice based on monthly average usage, they make it easy to see what you spend for each resource. That gives you a deeper understanding – on both a granular and macro level – how much the organization is paying for what resources in which location during any given time period — a day, a month, a quarter, a year, year-over-year. That’s power at your fingertips, and it offers enormous flexibility in cost optimization and budget management.

As well, look for solutions that help align your spend with the budget. A recommendation engine can enable you to set thresholds and notifies you when they are projected to be exceeded. That way, the IT team can bring usage back in line so that it does not extend beyond the budget.

  1. Improved capacity planning

Not only will you have a better handle of your usage over time, but these solutions should enable you to better estimate future capacity, driving improved capacity planning. For example, the system should be able to tell you based on current consumption, how long it will be until you max out storage or when you’ll need more compute. This gives you the ability to curtail usage, add additional capacity, or move workloads around. The point is that you should have plenty of time in advance to plan and react to what current capacity usage means for future needs.

  1. A single pane of glass

Today’s IT environment is complicated enough and anything that can simplify management is a welcome relief. That’s why today’s solutions feature consumption-based IT and cloud services in the same pane, giving you a greater ability to compare usage and costs across initiatives.

  1. 24×7 monitoring and support

Look for a partner that is able to give you an enterprise level of support around the clock, combined with proactive capacity management so you can be assured that the solution you choose will be able to evolve as your organization does – now and in the future.

How do I get started?

All you need to do is collaborate with a trusted partner to create the infrastructure that’s required to support your environment and organizational needs. Your partner can design, deploy and manage the solution for you. When you pay only for what you use, you can get the most advanced technologies (servers, storage, networking), managed for you on-premises.

This pay-per-use model delivers advantages that simply can’t be obtained when you build infrastructure from the ground up or buy it from the public cloud. With consumption-based IT, you will derive:

  • Faster time to value because solutions should be easy to deploy quickly
  • More flexible economics based on a simple pay-as-you-go model
  • The performance and security of on-premises IT
  • Streamlined IT that adds value to the business

We work with HPE, offering solutions on consumption-based IT capacity planning that deliver the security and performance of on-premises with the elasticity and pricing of the cloud. If you’d like to decrease IT spend with a per-as-you-go model, please visit: https://veristor.com/datacenter/enterprise-storage/.