Most organizations have similar wishlists:

  • Reduce costs
  • Improve response times
  • Meet business needs
  • Manage big data
  • Provide secure mobility

The key to meeting these demands is a flexible, resilient infrastructure—one that can be managed and scaled quickly and easily. Today’s datacenter is transforming into a new infrastructure, one that combines on-premise and cloud systems and services. At the center of this transformation, Windows Server, Microsoft System Center, and Microsoft Azure provide innovative ways to simplify your infrastructure and speed delivery of services to the business. Virtualization and unified management provide a solid foundation and hybrid cloud options provide scaling and storage.

How are cloud resources changing your approach to infrastructure? Which cloud scenarios make sense for your organization? These are the questions that today’s IT pros are asking.  In answer, Microsoft enterprise storage, virtualization, and software-defined networking (SDN) platforms focus on standardization, automation, and resilience.

By virtualizing the datacenter, you create one entity, comprised of many diverse elements but managed as a whole. Commodity hardware in a flexible, low-cost configuration can integrate well with your existing resources, while the cloud offers boundless capacity and smart hybrid models that enable you to meet unexpected or planned demands. Your organization benefits from a pay-to-play economic structure and the ability to scale at lightning speed, without major capital expenditures.

Furthermore, Microsoft offers the flexibility to move applications across clouds without networking changes. SDN makes it possible to separate business groups and create boundaries that enable efficient management of resources. And Microsoft management and automation technologies help to create a secure, efficient infrastructure. By simplifying management and increasing automation, you minimize errors, ensure consistency, and increase infrastructure resilience.

Microsoft unified management enables provisioning, deployment, monitoring, and management of infrastructure and applications, across clouds and even across hybrid deployments. You can monitor performance and respond to problems without being stuck in front of a console. And that leaves you more time to work on that wishlist.