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IT Ninjitsu: Unprecedented Agility through Composable

GaryThome

 

Tbigstock-Two-Male-Dancers-Posing-In-Nin-136185341.jpghe demands placed on IT today call for an almost ninja-like level of agility. Whereas it used to be all about service continuity and cost control, now IT is expected to support any new initiative the lines of business might come up with, regardless of the technical challenges it might present. This constant pressure is forcing a full re-think about the services IT departments provide and the infrastructure they use to support those services.

Your business’s own innovators and disruptors (LOBs with market-changing business models, DevOps teams with next-gen apps) are clamoring for faster, more flexible ways to get their ideas into production. All the while, the business-as-usual demands haven’t gone away, whether it’s adding capacity to accommodate bursting workloads or standing up equipment for a new project.

The agility to change on a dime

What’s needed for hyper-agile IT is infrastructure that is itself more flexible and responsive. Composable Infrastructure is architected for agility. It turns compute, storage, and fabric into fluid pools of resources that are easily composed and re-composed to meet each application’s needs. A software-defined intelligence provides a single management interface, and a unified API gives you full programmability, allowing you to compose infrastructure resources via a single line of code.

Composable Infrastructure’s template-driven automation lets you quickly provision resources together with their state (bios settings, firmware, drivers, protocols) and operating system. The templates define how the infrastructure functions. If you need to make changes, the native, software-defined intelligence lets you do that programmatically, on the fly. You can stand up new equipment in minutes, rather than days or weeks. Change-management processes like firmware updates or modifying network connectivity become frictionless, so your teams won’t get bogged down in unproductive details.

All the tools an IT ninja can use

Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s first phase of Composable Infrastructure, HPE Synergy, is flexible enough to meet the needs of traditional IT applications like ERP and databases, as well as the new breed of apps and services that leverage mobility, Big Data, and cloud-native technologies. Composability doesn’t limit you to a single operating paradigm; it handles virtual machines, bare-metal deployments, and containers with equal ease. You can quickly spin up infrastructure for development, testing, or production environments using the unified management interface.

For help with developing new apps to keep pace with the needs of your customers, internal or external, you can turn to the third-party software providers in the HPE Composable Infrastructure Partner Program. That’s the kind of well-stocked armory that every IT ninja needs.

To learn more, download our ebook: Composable Infrastructure for Dummies

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GaryThome

Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for the Software-Defined and Cloud Group at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, passionate on all things technology, operating in the data center either physically or virtually.

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