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Beyond convergence: Why your infrastructure needs to become composable


Ric Lewis.jpgIn London at HPE Discover, Ric Lewis unvieled the the industries first Composable Infrastructure platform with HPE Synergy at his keynote address to a standing-room only audience. Attendees got a tour of the actual hardware (not just product videos), heard the business problems HPE Synergy is solving, interviewed two customers that have started down the road to composability, and also saw a demo of an application being deloyed in minutes using HPE Synergy.

Lewis began his keynote by addressing the business needs HPE Synergy and Composbale Infrastructure is helping to meet. As he explains, CIOs today want to be able to keep up with the fast-paced, ever innovating Idea Economy. To do this, they are either turning to the public cloud or they go out and aquire more infrastructure to get the speed they need to be able to create their apps. But, these same CIOs already have in-house infrastructure to support their traditional IT workloads that is going unutilized, sitting around waiting to be put to work in traditional IT processes.

“Instead of having to have two sets of infrastructure for each type of IT environment, we believe you should be able to use the same infrastructure to do both traditional IT processes and function in the new Idea Economy,” explains Lewis.

HPE Synergy is a single infrastructure that works for both worlds and is flexible enough that it can deploy resources in a dynamic, fluid way, in multiple deployment environments (bare metal, contianers, virtual, etc.)

HPE Synergy is the industry’s first infrastructure built from the ground up for composability, consisting of fluid pools of resources made up of compute, storage and flexible fabric, all defined by intelligent software and controlled by a single, unified API. “Fluid pools of resources allow you to dynamically allocate resources to any given workload,” Lewis explains. “A software defined intelligence puts a software defined management wrapper around the resource pools so that you are able to easily manage and control them. And the unified API gives you easy access to it all.”

Lewis goes on to provide detail into HPE Synergy and walks through each of it’s components on the actual Synergy machine. Then, Lewis spent some time getting into the particulars of what it means to be truly composable and how it can bridge the gap for businesses between their current, traditional IT environments and the new Idea Economy. “We created a vision for the next generation of infrastructure and we call it ‘composable,’” he says. “That means using your infrastructure as code.” It also means transforming businesses in 4 key ways:


  1. Giving businesses the ability to run anything. “This means being able to do physical, virtual, or bare metal deployments to ensure flexibility,” says Lewis.
  2. The ability to move faster, at cloud-like speeds. “Now instead of 28 days to deploy new infrastructure, 1 person can do it in about 3 minutes,” he explains.
  3. Allowing businesses to work efficiently. “Quick deployments and seamless easy firmware and driver updates remove the human error risk and allow business to keep running smoothly,” Lewis explains.
  4. Unlocking value: “Only HPE offers a unifed API that increases productivity and control across the datacenter, enabling developers to move quicker and with greater effienency,” says Lewis.

“Bottom line,” says Lewis, “the Idea Economy is putting new demands on infrastructure and CIOs want to be relevant in the new world as well as the traditional. HPE Synergy helps bridge the two worlds together.”

To view the entire keynote presentation, watch the video below.

Information on HPE Synergy and HPE Composable Infrastructure can be found in these resources:
Why Composable Infrastructure is the best infrastructure for DevOps
HPE Synergy and the transition to composable infrastructure
HPE’s Neil MacDonald Talks with theCUBE about HPE Synergy
Convergence today, composability tomorrow



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