How to continue transforming during an economic slowdown

December 13, 2022

Article by Neil Thurston, Chief Technologist, Logicalis UK&I

With the current economic slowdown, it looks like another recession could be on the cards in 2023. This usually heralds a period of consolidation within IT and the closing of the purse strings with regards to planned investments. In previous decades this was standard practice, but now that we’re in a digital age, many businesses can’t afford to slow down their digital transformations if they want to survive.

So how do you continue your transformation journey with caps on spending? You work smarter.

According to both Gartner and McKinsey, over 90% of organisations have a hybrid environment, with both cloud and on-premises infrastructure resources. The smarter way of working during a recession is to control the variable costs of cloud, while squeezing every last drop of capacity and performance out of your sunk investment in on-premises infrastructure and cloud reserved instances.

To do this you need a solution that can transparently control your end-to-end hybrid cloud estate and not disrupt your user performance or governance posture. You need IBM Turbonomic.

Turbonomic balances the requests for resources from your workloads with the performance of those workloads and their governance. In other words, Turbonomic optimises the infrastructure resources to meet the demand of your workloads by right-sizing each workload, while ensuring that proposed changes won’t impact the workload performance or break any governance rules around workload placement – this is working smarter, quite literally, as Turbonomic makes use of AI to make and execute its decisions.

Turbonomic will look to maximise the use of reserved instances in cloud for steady-state workloads, while right-sizing cloud-hosted clusters and on-demand cloud instances. In the on-premises data centre, Turbonomic will move workloads around to maximise the resource usage on host servers – a bit like playing Tetris with the workloads – freeing up hosts.

This is a continual process, leaving you with an always-optimised hybrid cloud posture. The freed resources in the data centre can be used to develop and deploy the next phases of your digital transformation, in conjunction with the controlled and optimised resources in your clouds.

This is how you can continue your digital transformation journey during the harder times when investing in infrastructure is not an option.

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