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HPE Synergy delivers composable infrastructure for new data center technology practices

by guest bloggers Taha Tungekar, HPE & Eric J. Bruno, TBT

Composable Infrastructure may sound like just a brilliant marketing phrase, but for enterprises using HPE Synergy it’s a true innovation. HPE Synergy goes beyond hardware and includes everything that goes into a cloud deployment—including servers, storage, fabric, security, management software and more. Going even further, HPE Synergy’s Unified API makes infrastructure programmable. As a result, you can quickly compose your infrastructure to meet today’s needs, then recompose it just as quickly as those needs change.

In addition to composability, HPE Synergy is versatile enough to run traditional data center workloads alongside cloud-native applications. The result is a fluid set of resource pools that you can use (and reuse) to run all of your applications together, whether it’s SAP HANA, VMware, ERP systems, or custom applications and services.

Expressing Infrastructure as Code

Merging decades of experience in traditional infrastructure with modern software-defined networking and cloud architecture, HPE Synergy offers a complete infrastructure-as-code solution. HPE’s focus on integration enables infrastructure composition in a way that satisfies both line of business (LOB) owners and IT.

For LOB owners, the biggest need is agility. HPE Synergy allows you to deploy an application or cloud workload to meet business needs as quickly as they arise. Having the right technology is core to business success, because the advantage goes to those who deploy at a pace faster than their competition. HPE Synergy delivers this advantage, providing fluid pools of resources that LOB owners can work with to compose new solutions themselves within minutes.

No one in IT wants to be a bottleneck, and no one wants to work nights and weekends to deploy infrastructure. Instead, HPE Synergy helps IT keep pace with business requirements by allowing application teams and developers to use what they’re comfortable with: code. HPE Synergy offers a unified API to deploy and integrate infrastructure, workloads and applications. This includes all of the layers and components of an enterprise solution including firewalls, networking, storage, legacy software, third-party components, and more, assembled into seamless solutions instead of silos.

Like A Coin, Technology has Two Sides

Technology enables business, but business issues (non-stop market, customer, and enterprise demands) drive technology decisions. Accurately meeting business demands requires a holistic infrastructure solution that can be changed quickly. Bending non-optimal, outdated solutions to meet tomorrow’s needs results in greater effort and risk.

In terms of technology, HPE Synergy caters to a wider range of application requirements than past infrastructure solutions, all in a software-defined form. Developers value the ability to mix workloads and application types in one platform, while deploying infrastructure as code to compose and recompose at will. HPE Synergy enables developers to provision virtual compute, storage, and containers—even bare-metal servers—and then deploy images onto them with a single unified API.

To meet business demands, HPE Synergy’s agility is a big win. Whether you need an environment for a legacy solution today, or a big data or memory-intensive compute workload tomorrow, HPE Synergy is flexible enough to be reconfigured at will. This eliminates the need for dedicated hardware purchases (i.e. in-memory SAP HANA, Hadoop, or Databases), so you don’t have to spend or commit budget for each new service.

With HPE Synergy, HPE Gets Personal

With HPE Synergy, HPE has considered far more than data center hardware and infrastructure. Traditionally, the roles of developers and IT staff were contradictory: developers viewed IT staff as slow and constraining; and IT viewed developers as demanding and short-sighted. Likewise, IT administrators focused on server environments (hardware and OS) while developers focused on applications.

The focus of HPE Synergy is on people, processes, and technology that work together, which is something IDC noted as key to business efficiency in their white paper, Quantifying data center inefficiency: Making the case for composable infrastructure.  (US Link | UK Link)

People: In the past, managing data center infrastructure—including deployments, upgrades, and decommissioning—was a chore. Likewise, management and administration was done in silos. To address this, HPE Synergy offers a single management application for compute, storage, and fabric components. This unified approach allows staff with different roles to have the same view of what’s happening, which promotes collaboration, greater efficiency and fewer mistakes.

Processes: In the past, it was common for traditional infrastructure procurement and deployment processes to take months to complete. Worse yet, they were often done in silos, with individual groups in charge of parts of the solution, and were fraught with risk. HPE Synergy removes the silos, and allows your in-house experts to work together without complex processes, simplifying the procurement process, and eliminating the risk of components not working together. Instead, you compose solutions efficiently using built-in automation.

Technology: HPE Synergy offers a full solution stack with an API that integrates with your existing software, open source packages (e.g. Chef and Puppet) and other tools to deploy and reconfigure infrastructure as a code. Whether it’s a cloud-native workload or a legacy application, HPE Synergy runs them side-by-side in the same environment. Further, HPE Synergy builds intelligence into the platform, allowing for software updates and infrastructure tuning to occur without downtime. This not only reduces complexity, it lowers risk and eliminates duplicated time and effort.

HPE Synergy Enables True Digital Transformation

When it comes to digital transformation, the challenge is supporting the legacy applications that run your business; you can’t just turn them off. HPE knows that IT transformation is a journey. HPE Synergy supports your existing core applications along with newer cloud-native workloads, allowing you to enhance them at your own pace.

With HPE Synergy, you can go from idea to market in an instant, while securely and reliably running all the applications your business relies on. The result is a unified and re-composable infrastructure that keeps legacy applications stable while other parts of your business remain agile. HPE Synergy truly brings IT staff and developers together with a common set of tools, a complete and modern infrastructure, and a unified interface that serves your entire organization. With HPE Synergy, everyone looks at a single, fluid pool of resources to make strategic business and technology decisions together.

 For more information on HPE Synergy, download the e-book: HPE Synergy for Dummies (US Link | UK Link).

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