Servers & Systems: The Right Compute

Even Nutanix sees the future as composable… and they’re right!

Recently, I was scrolling through my twitter feed and I noticed a Nutanix tweet pointing to an article on titled, The Evolution of Hyperconverged Storage to Composable Systems. The article discusses the evolution and growth of hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) as a category, and details the future of HCI as moving toward composability. The article’s image features HPE Synergy, the first platform built from the ground up for composable infrastructure.  What I found interesting was that the Nutanix tweet stated, “The evolution is upon us. @TheNextPlatform examines how hyperconverged storage is evolving towards composable systems”.

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Nutanix is right, and I couldn’t agree more--the evolution of hyperconverged storage is composable. As businesses evolve and grow beyond hyperconvergence, composable infrastructure helps IT cuts costs, increases storage for all workloads, and improves networking -- while accelerating and simplifying everything.  Here are three ways:

1. Composable infrastructure lowers costs

Composable infrastructure lets IT quickly assemble infrastructure building block resources using software-defined resource templates. These templates can easily be composed and then recomposed based on the demands of applications.  By maximizing resource utilization, IT can eliminate overprovisioning and stranded infrastructure while ensuring right-sized resource allocation for each of the applications they are running. This enables customers to spend less money on infrastructure and significantly increase the speed to provision infrastructure, which can now be accomplished in minutes.

2. Composable storage provides flexibility and simplicity for all workloads

Composable infrastructure aggregates all stranded or unused storage into pools to meet the needs of any workload, enabling IT to quickly scale up and scale down storage needs as workloads dictate. For example, in HPE Synergy, a single storage module can hold up to 40 drives, which can be zoned to one or multiple compute modules. If the compute module needs more capacity, the storage pool can be automatically reallocated among compute modules to meet the needs of the workloads.

3. Composable fabric simplifies your network

The network interconnect is typically one of the biggest headaches for IT organizations to manage. To maintain workload performance, most customers will over provision their resources, which increases cost.  With composable infrastructure, you can dynamically change network allocation and bandwidth to meet your needs. 

For example, HPE Synergy is an enterprise-grade solution built on industry standards that can easily integrate into existing heterogeneous data centers and connect seamlessly to existing networks and SANs. It abstracts away operational minutia, replacing it with high-level, automated operations.  Change operations such as updating firmware, adding additional storage to a service, or modifying network connectivity are automatically implemented via a template, significantly reducing manual interaction and human error.  IT can configure the entire infrastructure for development, testing, and production environments using one interface and implemented in one simple step.

Hyperconverged combined with composable infrastructure

Today HPE customers are using both hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) and composable infrastructure to achieve more flexibility with more cost effective results, both at the core of their data center and at the edge of their business.  One example of this is an international bank that has deployed HCI and composable infrastructure. These combined technologies provide compelling functionality, workload consolidation, and simplified IT operations. Using HPE OneView, HPE SimpliVity, and HPE Synergy, this bank is improving its IT infrastructure across its entire business. Benefits result in simplified IT ops management, a smaller data center footprint, workload consolidation, and enhanced business agility. These solutions are setting this bank apart, letting them offer a growing number of new digital services that improve their customers banking experience.

Yes, Nutanix, the future is composable

I don’t always agree with Nutanix, but on this point, we are in complete agreement. The evolution of hybrid IT is upon us, and composable infrastructure is leading the way.

To learn more about the future of composable infrastructure for your business, download the Forrester research report, Hybrid IT strategy insights: Composable infrastructure and business breakthroughs. And for more details on composable infrastructure, download the free e-book, Composable Infrastructure for Dummies.

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Paul Miller
VP of Marketing, HPE

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Paul Miller is VP of Marketing for the HPE Software-Defined and Cloud Group business unit. The SDCG organization is responsible for marketing for HPE Synergy, HPE OneView, and Hyper Converged Solutions portfolio.