The future of fast: composable infrastructure

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If you’re not fast, you don’t last. That more true today than it’s ever been. A big part of IT’s job these days is to get new applications and services into the hands of customers faster than the competition can. But IT departments struggle to provide the kind of flexible, easy-access resources that are needed for rapid delivery of the new breed of apps that leverage big data, social, cloud-native and mobile technologies. It’s tough to carve out resources for those, while at the same time ensuring that business-critical traditional IT keeps running smoothly, with all the predictability that the business expects.

Many companies have turned to infrastructure-as-a-service to help them get faster and lighter on their feet. No question, that’s a good option for some projects, such as developing cloud-native apps. But workloads that process sensitive or confidential data – a customer’s credit card information, for example – raise security and compliance issues that make many organizations hesitate to rely too heavily on public cloud. What businesses are looking for is on-premises infrastructure that can deliver cloud-like speed and convenience without the cloud headaches.

Velocity unleashed

What would such an infrastructure look like? It would be one that unifies the data center, eliminating silos that impede your operations. It should be able to support your traditional IT workloads – enterprise resource planning, on-line transaction processing, customer relationship management – and, just as easily, support next-gen, cloud-based applications. It should power both types of environment from a single point of control. And it should drive comprehensive automation and orchestration to help you accelerate away from mundane, repetitive provisioning and maintenance tasks.

What I’ve just described is composable infrastructure, a new way of thinking about the data center. Composable infrastructure turns compute, storage, and networking into fluid pools of resources that can be deployed on the fly to meet your applications’ needs. A software-defined intelligence governs the resource pools, and a single unified API lets you allocate them via a single line of code.

Unchain from the mundane

Composability delivers a whole new level of operational velocity for your data center. It unites all of your data center resources, eliminating the technology islands that slow you down. It controls all resources under a single management style, so can work more efficiently, and you’re ready to move fast when you need to support sudden increases in workloads or roll out new services.

With composable infrastructure’s software-defined intelligence, change operations that often take multiple teams weeks to complete are now accomplished automatically, without disrupting your normal operations. You free up people and resources from repetitive tasks so they can drive innovation and help IT become a strategic partner for the organization.

In short: composability is the future of fast.

If you’re ready to learn more, take a look at HPE Synergy, Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s first instantiation of composable infrastructure.

I’d also recommend this Journey to Composable on-demand interactive experience, which lets you explore a business case for composable infrastructure. Also, take a look at this ebook: Top Ten Reasons to Move to Composable Infrastructure for a great overview of the business value of composability.


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