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Composable Infrastructure: Flexible Optimization of IT Resources for Specific Applications


ok.jpgBy guest blogger, Jed Scaramella, Research Director, Servers and Datacenters, IDC

blocks.jpgThe datacenter has assumed a greater role in today's business environment, shifting from mainly supporting business operations to driving new opportunities. Advances in cloud, mobile, social, and big data technologies are impacting all aspects of business functions, including but not limited to how companies develop new products and services, connect with customers, and manage the workforce. CIOs must implement IT solutions and strategies that will support their organization through this period of dramatic transition in the IT industry. In IDC's view, a company's IT capabilities are now critical success factors in the modern era.

Simultaneously, customer and end-user requirements are shifting. Customers’ expectations for on-demand IT are one of the driving factors for the shift in the marketplace. What is becoming more apparent is that customers relate to "the experience" over "the product." While many consumers have pointed to the consumerization of IT as delivering better user-friendliness, a larger number of consumers are beginning to value the benefits from the experience, with the delivery device and method becoming transparent in the process. This is causing IT organizations to rethink their strategy, steering them toward a service-provider mentality versus solely being a builder and operator of IT infrastructure.

Composable infrastructure solutions, such as HPE Synergy, enable an organization to adopt a service-provider approach to the lines of business, speeding IT service provisioning, optimizing application performance, and increasing IT efficiency. HPE Synergy enables IT to aggregate compute, storage, and fabric resources into shared resource pools that can be available for on-demand allocation. Legacy infrastructure is inflexible and siloed, making it difficult to support new service demands and to adapt quickly to changes.

Through software-defined intelligence and a single unified API, composable infrastructure can dynamically provision and re-provision resources as necessary, eliminating stranded resources and rigidity. Based on the business demands, IT can compose and recompose blocks of compute, storage, and networking optimized for specific applications. As an extensible platform, HPE Synergy enables a broad range of applications and operational models such as virtualization, hybrid cloud, and DevOps.

For more information about balancing the shift to the 3rd Platform, please click here to read the IDC white paper, Building a Bridge to the 3rd Platform with HPE Composable Infrastructure, sponsored by HPE.




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