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Moor Insights: Bridging traditional and new IT with composable infrastructure

WhitneyGarcia

In a new video, Patrick Moorhead, President, Founder and Principal Analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy gives his view on composable infrastructure, the business needs it is helping to address, and how businesses can benefit from composability.

Moorhead begins by explaining that the key trends driving the need for composable infrastructure are rapid change, the Internet of Things, mobility and cloud computing.. “Forward looking businesses are looking at IT as a competitive advantage, or business partner, focused on applications, driving revenue and decreasing costs,” Moorhead says. “Because changes are coming at IT so fast, you need an IT system that can flex with those changes and maybe even proactively make changes if you want to make a move in the marketplace.”

So, what is composable infrastructure? As Moorhead explains, “Composable infrastructure is running your infrastructure as code.” Composable infrastructure is made up of composable units of compute, storage, networking and fabric that can be dynamically allocated to fit the needs of the application. This composability allows the administrator to set rules to be able to move those composable resources back and forth as needs change.

But how will composable infrastructure improve efficiency? “Even in a hyperconverged setting, you are really limited to a certain set of applications that are essentially fixed resources. And with IT and virtualization, most data centers are over provisioned,” Moorhead explains. “Composable infrastructure can utilize your stranded IT resources and help eliminate over provisioning, therefore leading to a cost reduction.” And because composable infrastructure allows you to quickly deploy IT resources as needed,  you are able to stand up infrastructure in minutes that used to take weeks to deploy. Add to that a unified API with powerful tools from a partner ecosystem combined with software-defined intelligence. Composable infrastructure helps drive efficiency by saving time and resources, reducing TCO and increasing innovation in the data center.

“I think people are going to be surprised at just how far and how advanced composable infrastructure has come,” says Moorhead. “The notion of composable infrastructure looked more like a vision than reality, but we are very close to reality.”

To read more about Moor Insights & Strategy's take on composable infrastructure, read their full report: Moor Insights: Bridging traditional and new IT with composable infrastructure.

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