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Why Software is king in Composable Infrastructure


In another interview out of Discover from Jake Ludington, he and Paul Muller from HPE Software, discuss the software side of Composable Infrastructure and HPE Synergy. HPE Synergy, the industry’s first infrastructure built from the ground up for composability, consists of fluid pools of resources which are defined by intelligent software and controlled by a single, unified API.

As Ludington points out, the hardware side of HPE Synergy has taken center stage, but so far, he hadn’t heard anyone really address the software side of it. He asks Muller to explain how HPE Synergy is different from containerization and virtualization and what benefits customers will see from Synergy from a software perspective.

Muller explains, “The first thing we have to recognize is that it is all about the app. So much of the discussion about the infrastructure skips the fact that it is there to support the application.” He goes on to explain that whether it is containerization or virtualization, applications will create demand for certain kinds of infrastructure. And certain apps are going to need to be prioritized for memory, or prioritized for CPU or networking. And the challenge is that the developer is usually the person who best understands those needs.

“In the traditional environment, before Composable Infrastructure and HPE Synergy, the developer would have to go in and talk to their operations people to get what infrastructure they needed for their application,” says Muller. “With Synergy, the developer is now able to communicate directly to the infrastructure and specify the things they need.”

Muller also details some of the differences between containerization and HPE Synergy and explains that Synergy isn’t meant to replace the need for containers.

“One of the reasons we are excited about Synergy is because we are presenting the APIs up to developers. We have partnered with a growing number of developers, like Docker and Chef, who are working with us to build their management apps to tie into the underlying Synergy Unified API,” says Muller. This means that the container management platform is capable of doing some of those processes on behalf of the developer. Or, as Muller explains, at least exposing the Unfied API to the developer so that they can do it themselves.

“The whole point of HPE Synergy is making the infrastructure software-defined,” he continues. “The fact that is it now possible for the developer to make the changes to the physical fabric needed without having to call up an engineer is huge. In the past, we were able to do it with CPU with virtualization, but now it’s about network, it’s about compute, it’s about memory. Being able to control all of that fabric is an enormous breakthrough.”

Curious about resiliency? Muller addresses that as well.

He says, HPE Synergy actually benefits resiliency, by being able to specify the physical infrastructure configuration through a software interface. “Because we can literally use the software to redefine the infrastructure in your environment,” says Muller.

“Diligence is still required, but the level of control that we afford now means that what was previously manual, error prone work, can now be automated. It’s a huge leap forward. Every industry analyst, every development partner has been blown away by what Synergy can do.”

Watch the entire interview below:

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