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Let the right one in: Composable Infrastructure gives you the nuanced control to sidestep risk


Running IT these days is a little like dating, especially in later life when you may have been burned a few times. You want to be open and positive, authentic and responsive, playful and trusting. Yet, you also have to protect your fragile heart. For many, the fence they’ve built around their core is too high or prickly to be breached. In some cases, your suitors can’t even see in. The result is, perfectly good partners that could have made you happy move on. 


When it comes to IT risk management, a certain frigidity and lack of flexibility can perhaps be understood. Given the fragility and complexity of the current infrastructure in many organizations, the fence – or change control – is imperative to protect operations. It’s the IT systems, after all, that keep the business running. Too casual or easy an approach can spell doom.

But just as with your heart, building a fence around the infrastructure creates severe consequences that can ultimately hinder businesses in highly competitive landscapes. One of these consequences is rigidity that prevents the business from seizing opportunities fast enough or at all. Another is being blindsided by a come-hither competitor that appears on the scene with a radical new business model driven by next-gen apps.

Managing cloud risk

In today’s DevOps world, more people want to have their way with infrastructure. If they can’t, they tend to turn to public cloud to access it. The temptation introduces enormous potential for unmanaged risks. As a result, enforcing cloud compliance and security policies grows increasingly challenging. More people are creating apps these days. If IT is not involved, these contributors may not understand how to ensure appropriate resilience and availability. For example, if you write a cloud-native application, you have to do so in a way that ensures it understands the resilience of the hardware, and that it can run in multiple availability zones.

On-premises infrastructure also brings risks, of course, including the financial risk that comes with overprovisioning and underutilization. When you deploy infrastructure for an application, you may not know what level of resources you need. If you purchase more than you need, then you've over-spent, and resources are underutilized. If you buy less, you fail to meet the demands of your application.

Let’s not forget human error. When infrastructure is provisioned incorrectly, it can inadvertently create security holes. If your systems are complex to configure – perhaps requiring changes across multiple technology silos by multiple teams – errors are to be expected.

Time for a more permeable fence

What kind of infrastructure would give CIOs the confidence to relax and lighten up a little bit? How about one that provides solid change control and all the predictability of traditional IT, but also cloud-like speed for the new world of mobile, big data, and cloud native apps? One that would allocate resources efficiently; simplify and integrate management; and ultimately replace error-prone manual processes with automated IT operations.

Sounds like Composable Infrastructure – an infrastructure that turns compute, storage, and fabric into fluid pools of resources that can be composed and recomposed to meet an application’s changing needs. Composable Infrastructure’s software-defined intelligence provides a single management interface that integrates silos and reduces complexity. A unified API provides full programmability – a single interface to configure, provision, update, and diagnose the infrastructure. In this arrangement, a single line of code is all you need to provision the resources for an application.

Composable Infrastructure represents a great leap toward supporting modern business applications. It gives you far more flexibility, accessibility, and control, allowing you to eliminate unmanaged cloud risks, take command within your own secure data center, and breathe a great sigh of relief.

For more on HPE Composable Infrastructure or HPE Synergy, the world's first platform architected for Composable Infrastructure, check out these articles:
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