Public sector Chief Information Officers (CIOs) are not only putting IT modernization and digital transformation at the top of their strategic planning lists, but also are looking for ways to use it to stop managing infrastructure and move onto managing their virtual environment to create efficiencies and deliver a better IT experience. Virtualization is making IT operations easier, and that is where hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) comes into the picture, according to Martin Cooper, senior director for NetApp’s Worldwide Cloud Infrastructure business unit, and Laurence James, NetApp Alliance & Solutions marketing manager.

HCI is about simplicity in both deployment and use, which allows CIOs to put their focus on business outcomes and speed up response times in today’s quickly changing IT environment. The two discussed HCI and how it helps organizations in a recent webinar, With the right HCI Strategy you can Improve Business & IT Operations in 2018.

As they noted, CIOs are focusing on IT as a key enabler for success, and this is driving IT teams to expand their knowledge of systems that respond to the changing business landscape, react to new opportunities and counter competitive threats without creating multiple data management silos.

According to Cooper and James, HCI’s value lies in the fact that it is a storage platform that can be dynamically programmed, allowing organizations to consume the technology in the way that makes sense to the organization. In addition, the fact that an IT executive can choose to scale storage and compute resources independently to meet the needs of the business is a huge differentiator for HCI.

“Keeping these separate and independent is out of respect for the fact that not all workplaces are created equal,” they noted. “Customers can start at the size that makes sense to them and scale only what they want and at the speed and size they want.”

Listen to the webinar here.