Your Hybrid Cloud Questions Answered with HPE Helion

HPE Helion Hybrid CloudHybrid cloud models have really taken off, especially in the past year or so. The benefits are too many for companies to simply hide their heads in the sand and hope something else comes along, but the technology can be tough to understand. Hybrid cloud doesn’t have to be confusing, though, especially for current HPE and KeyInfo clients, as HPE’s Helion cloud computing solution is one of the best, most-installed hybrid cloud options.

Still, with anything new, having a short list of go-to questions that let you get answers that make sense, make sure you’re comparing apples to apples and ultimately find the solution that’s right for you can be a key to getting exactly what you want. Before you decide to take the plunge, let’s see how HPE answers four of these critical questions.

Will it perform?

There are a variety of reasons why a company moves to a hybrid cloud model. But, there’s one thing no company is willing to sacrifice: performance. In fact, most organizations are looking for a performance bump when moving to the cloud, on top of the other benefits. HPE’s Helion, which is based on OpenStack, provides a unified, enterprise-grade foundation for all KeyCloud services. There are many reasons why this is true, so we’ll just highlight a few of the big ones:

  • We’re the only provider in Southern California that offers Helion on OpenStack, combining open source extensibility with HPE reliability
  • HPE Apollo 2000 Server offers high-density performance (2X the density of standard servers), efficiency (water cooled) and scalability that can handle almost any workload requirements
  • 3PAR Flash Storage bests traditional HDDs in performance (multi-tiered RAID configurations), scalability, simplicity and adaptability, with 99.999% data availability and encryption for security.

Is it secure?

Security is concern #1 for most companies, and who can blame them? The sheer number and diversity of threats out there is enough to make you want to air gap your entire network. There are many reasons why Helion improves security, but for this blog we’ll focus on just one, the carrier-grade fiber network KeyInfo has built. KeyInfo’s almost 3,000 miles of fiber not only provides basically unlimited capacity, but also unmatched cloud security. This makes it the perfect solution for storing and moving sensitive information.

What if something happens?

Disaster recovery as a service is one of the most intriguing as-a-service offerings. With solutions like KeyCloud (DRaaS) you don’t need to invest in any additional hardware, and certainly don’t need to invest in big projects like building a secondary datacenter. Yet, you still gain the security of having an off-premise disaster recovery option, while gaining the savings in reduced personnel and other management costs.

Even if you don’t have a disaster, you need backup and recovery to guard against accidental deletions and other potential data loss. Solutions like KeyCloud BRaaS manage the entire backup and recovery process, sending you updates and operational reports as often as you like. It also automates the storage of your data, and everything is encrypted in transit and at rest.

Will it work for me?

Each business has its own set of requirements. Maybe you’re in a heavily regulated industry and require compliance with key initiatives like HIPAA. Perhaps you use VMware, and have to deal with the unique workloads it requires. Maybe you’re in a highly seasonal business that requires scaling up and down frequently.

One of the main benefits of a solution from HPE is the sheer number of options. Making the best use of the cloud isn’t easy. By keeping these four questions in mind, you’ll put yourself in the position to make the best decision for your company.


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Drew Woods
Key Information Systems, Inc.