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Composable Infrastructure: Harnessing the power of the digital economy


In the second article in his Converged System series for Connect Community magazine, Chris Purcell, provides the business case for HP’s Composable Infrastructure.


To begin, Purcell reviews what it means to transition to the New Style of Business and what that looks like for your IT. “Transitioning IT from mainframe and client/server computing to the new IT for mobile devices, cloud services, social networks, and big data gives IT the ability to deliver new business opportunities and strategies by quickly providing revenue-generating products, services, and experiences,” he explains.


But what makes the transition to the New Style of Business challenging is that businesses need the ability to support two very different models for delivering applications: the traditional model, where IT is tasked to deliver infrastructure and in-house business applications such as ERP, and the new emerging model that operates mobile, big data, and cloud applications and services in a nonlinear, high-speed way.


“The differences between these two models are numerous and fundamental. Moving forward requires a two-mode, or bi-model, approach: one that allows IT organizations to align the infrastructure around the needs of both traditional and New Style of Business applications,” says Purcell.


That’s where the new HP Composable Infrastructure comes into play. Composable Infrastructure is HP’s vision for a new class of infrastructure, which is designed around three core principles:

  1. Unified API
  2. Fluid resource pools
  3. Software-defined intelligence


The first, a unified API, provides a single line of code to abstract every element of infrastructure. The second, fluid pools of resources, whether it be physical, virtual, or container pools, can effortlessly meet each application’s changing needs by allowing for composing, decomposing, and then the recomposition of single blocks of disaggregated compute, storage, and fabric infrastructure. The third and most significant, software-defined intelligence, includes template-driven, single-touch provisioning and management that provides true infrastructure as code capabilities. For example, imagine using software to control hardware quickly, programmatically, and without human intervention. Basically we are turning hardware infrastructure into code. Together, these three elements deliver a new level of agility and speed, with better consistency, governance, and operational efficiency.


“This new class of unified, two-mode infrastructure facilitates the move to a continuous services and application delivery model and enables applications to be updated as needed, rather than just once or twice a year,” explains Purcell. “It turns IT into an internal service provider that can run anything and store everything, deliver new applications and services dramatically faster, simplify lifecycle operations and integration, and unlock value creation.”


To read Purcell’s entire article in Connect, click here. And for more on HP’s new Composable Infrastructure initiative, check out these resources:

HP Composable Infrastructure: Bridging traditional IT with the New Style of Business

HP Composable Infrastructure supports both traditional and the New Style of Business applications

HP launches Project Synergy – HP’s initiative to deliver Composable Infrastructure


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