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Why Composable Infrastructure is the best infrastructure for DevOps


Gary Thome.jpgBy Gary Thome, VP & Chief Engineer, HPE Converged Datacenter Infrastructure

DevOps is a new trend in IT today and with good reason. Composable Infrastructure was designed using much the same principles as the DevOps movement and as such is well aligned to be the infrastructure of choice for DevOps activities.

Wikipedia defines DevOps as “a culture, movement or practice that emphasizes the collaboration and communication of both software developers and other information-technology (IT) professionals while automating the process of software delivery and infrastructure changes. It aims at establishing a culture and environment where building, testing, and releasing software can happen rapidly, frequently, and more reliably.”

Likewise, Composable Infrastructure – and HPE Synergy specifically –  is designed to enable better collaboration and communication between IT equipment and the professionals who manage it, together with the other personas across the data center. Included in these personas are software developers, especially those in a DevOps environment.

puzzle.jpgHPE defines Composable Infrastructure to include a unified API, which enables programmability, or infrastructure as code. Through the combination of the unified API and software-defined templates, developers and IT can collaborate in a more automated manner. Historically, developers would need to make a request to stand up IT infrastructure for an application. In more recent years, cloud-based technology has enabled this to be automated through a self-service portal. Composable Infrastructure takes this a step further by allowing the infrastructure request to be made as code. This means developers can simply request the infrastructure they need for their application though writing a little code – the same thing they already do for a living!  In other words, the hardware appears to them as software. The infrastructure then becomes available in a matter of minutes.

At the same time, IT can control precisely how the requested infrastructure is actually composed. IT can create software-defined templates that specify the compute, storage, and networking requirements. In this way, IT can create a policy on how infrastructure is to be consumed by the application developer team.

HPE has partnered with several leading DevOps software companies including Chef, Docker, Ansible, and Puppet to enable the seamless automation of apps to infrastructure. Through these integrations, DevOps teams can leverage HPE Composable Infrastructure using the same tools they already use.

To learn more about how DevOps and Composable Infrastructure can assist you in automating your apps and infrastructure together, you can visit our Composable Infrastructure partner page, and read this white paper from ActualTech Media: Building an Agile Infrastructure for DevOps. Or watch the short video below in which Bryan Jacquot, HPE User Experience Architect, explains how to choose the ideal infrastructure for your DevOps team.

We at HPE think the ability to collaborate and automate is critical to the future of the datacenter, and HPE continues to invest to enable this reality.



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