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Easily Navigate Business Disruptions with Composable Infrastructure


By Chris Purcell

Around 500 B.C., Greek philosopher Heraclitus lamented that the only constant in life is change—a statement that will resonate with most IT folks today. Evolving from a mere adjunct to the business that mainly administered desktop computers, IT is now charged with no less than leading their companies skillfully and confidently into the digital age. 

And they must do this in the face of tremendous upheaval, where mobility rules the day; services are expected at the drop of a hat; and Shadow IT burgeons as various lines of business seek quick solutions in the cloud. As the pace of business continues to accelerate dramatically, the stakes have never been higher. Keeping up will require IT to re-architect the data center for flexibility, to enable an agile response in the face of the lengthy list of today’s challenges, as well as those sure to come tomorrow. 

Disruption, and More Disruption

A new Frost & Sullivan white paper takes a careful look at just how today’s businesses are being disrupted, and how those disruptions are impacting—and being impacted by—data center infrastructure. Current strains on the data center include collection and storage of immense amounts of data, unwieldy analytics workloads, 24/7 productivity, mobility, security, rapid software development pressure, high availability and performance, and automated provisioning. 

As if that’s not enough, perhaps the greatest disruptor of the past decade has been the cloud itself. By offering a scalable method to deliver IT resources on demand, the cloud has made it possible for small businesses to go global in days. Those saddled with traditional infrastructures don’t stand a chance of keeping up with this kind of imminent competition. 

disruption of business.JPGComposable Infrastructure to the Rescue

To meet the challenges head-on requires a different kind of IT environment, one that enables IT to manage a great many infrastructure components automatically. Flexible and integrated, this new infrastructure is defined by largely abstracted resources, software-defined functionality, and unified APIs that enable disparate environments to function as a single, fluid pool of resources across compute, storage and fabric. What’s needed, in other words, is a Composable Infrastructure. 

A salvation for compromised (and compromising) IT Leaders, the precedent-setting Composable Infrastructure is a carefully conceived approach to data center infrastructure that takes legacy needs into account while simultaneously enabling the modern, cloud-ready data center. Just as composition in a work of art or music refers to the skillful arrangement of visual or musical elements, a composable infrastructure allows IT engineers to quickly, simply, and elegantly configure whatever is needed as it is needed without waiting for long procurement cycles. 

In essence, HPE’s Composable Infrastructure is comprised of highly flexible and functional hardware, middleware, and management software that optimizes performance for both traditional architectures and workloads and for new, cloud-native apps. 

The Clear Benefits

By leveraging powerful automation tools, high-functionality management and reporting platforms, and application programming interfaces (API), the approach enables you to manage all infrastructure resources for the optimal mix of performance, security, scalability, and cost—according to your workloads. 

Compared to “smart legos,” Composable Infrastructure offers “…the ability to replicate blocks as needed—and programmed-in instructions to configure themselves into a Ninja temple today and a working race car tomorrow[i].” The ultimate rebuttal to cloud-only providers, Composable Infrastructure is the sensible pathway for legacy shops that wish to evolve quickly and on-plan into the modern, software-defined data center of the future. 

Composable Infrastructure allows you to:

- Abstract infrastructure resources with software-defined technology

- Manage compute, storage, and fabric as a fluid pool of resources

- Support business demands with high-performance, high-availability apps and databases

- Support infrastructure as code enabling continuous integration and app delivery in a DevOps environment

- Integrate app and management functionality via a unified API

- Support granular visibility and reporting across the environment

- Position flexible, scalable, on-demand models to support tomorrow’s preferred methods for developing and deploying apps

Composable infrastructure offers a foundation flexible enough to support today’s needs and tomorrow’s unknown. Curious? Register now for the Composable Webinars and find out how to improve your IT environment efficiency and day to day task acceleration right now.


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