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Bimodal is not the one stop solution for all tech problems: Rajesh Dhar, HPE

Bimodal is not the one stop solution for all tech problems: Rajesh Dhar, HPE

Bimodal IT is important but it isn’t the answer to all IT issues, says Rajesh Dhar, Senior Director, Pointnext, HPE India.

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In a digital economy, the transition speed from idea to reality can be the difference between success and failure. This business imperative is putting pressure on IT to improve quality, agility, and speed of the services IT delivers to help organizations explore new opportunities. Rajesh Dhar, senior director, PointNext, HPE India shares insights into bimodal IT, digital transformation and HPE’s strategy in the IoT and hybrid IT space.

Bimodal IT, a term coined by Gartner, suggests that building a bimodal platform will result in a much better digital strategy performance. On one hand enterprises run traditional IT for stability and on the other a platform for new services and agility. What are your views on this?

Today’s digitized environment does call for a bimodal or a multimodal approach to IT, where applications created by fluid IT link to back-end systems such as CRM and ERP maintained by core IT. However, I think there is a lot of ‘what’ that is being spoken about by Gartner. The ‘how’ part is still evolving and will slowly unfold.

The jury is not yet out on the bimodal approach, and it certainly isn't the answer to all the issues IT departments face today. But it’s a creative way to speed up the organization's response to customer needs.

From HPE’s perspective, one can start inducing flexibility and elasticity in traditional IT setups without disruption. HPE has introduced innovative solutions like the HPE’s Composable infrastructure which gives customers extreme flexibility for deploying varied workloads; Flexible Capacity services allows customers to choose various opex models including “pay as you grow” and finally out-tasking IT operations under HPE’s Datacenter Care program to focus on core innovations.  All of this is within customer’s own premises and security envelop.

How is digital transformation affecting the role of enterprise CIOs and how can they leverage HPE’s technology in their digital journey?

The emergence of digital transformation has been due to the rise of disruptive players and competition to businesses from non-traditional companies.

In the context of digitization, the role of the CIO has expanded to cover the areas of customer experience, operational excellence and all possible business opportunities that could emerge because of this disruption. The CIO is also responsible for enhancing the organization’s ability to be hyperaware about any non-traditional competition in the future.

Asymmetric competition from unexpected sources is delivering unique value with a focus on customer’s experience. On the customer side, we have mobility and analytics solutions that provide customers the ability to serve their clients better. We have been working with few customers in banking and finance industry to help them get real time insight on customer needs and behaviors to tweak their product mix and GTM strategy. HPE technology is also being used by key players in telecom and e-commerce segment.

Hybrid cloud strategy can help CIO’s in increasing operational excellence, both in terms of agile IT and IT at the right cost. HPE has a very strong product and services portfolio under its Datacenter Care Services program. We are working with large customers in India in developing their hybrid cloud strategy. We have implemented datacenter automation projects for few leading customers in India and helped them in composing and deploying apps swiftly, using micro services.

The rapid expansion of connected devices presents a unique opportunity for enterprises as well as the government with the Digital India and Smart Cities initiatives.  How is HPE placed to address this requirement?

HPE offers a vendor-neutral and multiple network support platform for building and analyzing data from the Internet of Things.

We look at IoT from two perspectives: One is from the industrial Internet of Things that calls for data-gathering and analysis at the edge of enterprise networks, where conventional systems wouldn’t be efficient or IT aware. The other is around Smart Cities, Smart Buildings etc.

Through our Aruba offerings in security, analytics and connectivity, and our edge line converged IoT systems, we are building an ecosystem of partners and bringing unique solutions to this fast-growing market.

Take the case of our Universal IoT Platform that is designed to push automation to lightweight sensors for things like smart parking. The Universal IoT Platform can provide device management as well as provide physical and electronic SIM cards.

HPE has launched innovative IOT solutions which can be implemented rapidly, securely and in a cost-effective manner in various enterprise and industrial deployments. These solutions include HPE Mobile Virtual Network Enabler, HPE Universal IoT Platform, Aruba ClearPass Universal Profiler, Aruba 2540 Series Switches, and Edgeline Systems that expand partnerships in edge computing and integrated control.

We will also be launching a virtual network platform that will better connect mobile and Internet of Things connections, as well as tools to automate deployments of sensors and various end points to connect autos, buildings, and cities.

In the Indian context, we are seeing an increase in adoption of smart buildings. This will be a big area where we expect huge investments from customers and innovation from companies like us. 

What is HPE's role in the datacenter space in this hybrid IT era?

HPE would like to be a preferred partner in the datacenter space. Agility is a key motivator for many organizations to look at hybrid infrastructure to drive continuous improvement.

Our competency starts from the time when a customer wants to set up their own datacenter. We have cutting edge IP around datacenter design, and some of the large datacenters across the globe and in India have been designed and implemented by us.

The next step in the datacenter journey is about what goes inside the datacenter viz. the storage, network and servers. HPE has the broadest industry leading products in server, storage and networking category.

With our Datacenter Care Services, we are also able to provide a one stop IT SLA to businesses across various IT platforms. And induce automation for quicker application deployments and finally provide hybrid cloud platform for customers to switch workloads between their own private cloud and various public clouds. 

In a nutshell, HPE Pointnext has a broad range of services and customized solutions for large and medium enterprises around datacenters and hybrid IT.