NEW YORK, Nov. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- One of the chief reasons moving data to the cloud is so appealing is that it gives enterprise IT organizations the ability to shift infrastructure payments from significant capital outlays to a more modest operational expense (op-ex) that scales up or down according to actual usage. Industry experts say the majority of all IT purchases will be made on this kind of op-ex, cloud-like, subscription basis within the next four years, which begs the question: What if you could have that same op-ex payment structure for your on-premise data center infrastructure today? Logicalis US, an international IT solutions and managed services provider ( www.us.logicalis.com), says, with HPE's Flexible Capacity solution, that's both possible and practical for organizations that are committed to maintaining some on-premise workloads for the foreseeable future.
"While workloads are definitely moving to the cloud and the desire for that kind of consumption-based model is fueling the pace, the need for hybrid and on-premise infrastructure is still very real," says Brett Anderson, Senior Director, HPE Solutions, Logicalis US. "As a result, CIOs whose workloads are better suited to hybrid or on-premise environments may want to re-examine how they are managing their on-prem resources with the expectation that they can achieve the same kind of financial and capacity flexibility that a public cloud has to offer." What About Leasing?Historically, leasing has been the way to move on-premise data center infrastructure from cap-ex to op-ex costs. While leasing does offer advantages in some cases, experts say there are two problems with leasing that a Flexible Capacity solution can resolve. First, in a traditional lease, organizations order the hardware they need today and what they think they'll need two to five years into the future, paying for all of it starting on day one. The assets remain fixed throughout the life of the lease which means there's no ability to scale up or down as business needs change. Second, in a traditional lease, there are no infrastructure management services included, which means these services must be either be provided in house or purchased from a third party separately, adding additional monthly costs. HPE's Flexible Capacity, a twist on the traditional lease, offers a creative solution to both of these issues. Rather than overprovisioning up front - and paying now - to meet future demand, under the Flexible Capacity model, the goal is to architect a solution that meets the organization's current baseline requirements plus a defined degree of anticipated growth, but not pay for that growth until it's used.