How Composable Infrastructure Can Increase the Business Value of IT

During the past decade, the role of IT has evolved from caretakers of technology to providers of business services. That role continues to evolve as demands on IT accelerate. More than simply delivering services to the end-user, IT must constantly create and deliver business value. How can we improve business processes and customer experiences? How can we increase revenue, identify new opportunities, and quickly adapt to changing market conditions?

At the same time, IT leaders must balance capital and operational expenses. It’s too expensive and complicated to build and maintain two separate environments – one for existing business processes, and another for developing innovative ideas, applications and services. You need a single infrastructure with the flexibility to pool and dynamically allocate resources to reduce capex and use IT resources efficiently.

HPE addresses these issues with its Synergy composable infrastructure solution. Composable infrastructure is a framework in which physical infrastructure resources, including compute, storage and network fabric, are treated as services and pooled. Software “composes” the infrastructure required to run as a bare metal environment, virtual machine (VM) or container. Resources are allocated on demand based on policies, service profiles and predefined application requirements, and resources that are no longer needed are made available to other applications.

With composable infrastructure, you can focus on resource allocation without worrying about the physical configuration of infrastructure. This helps you improve cost efficiency, minimize waste and accelerate application deployments. You can also provision workloads as quickly as a public cloud service provider while retaining control over infrastructure in a private cloud environment.

Composable infrastructure probably sounds similar to hyper-convergence, but there are distinct differences. Even as more and more workloads are being virtualized, most organizations still run certain applications on bare metal with a single-instance operating systems. Hyper-converged infrastructure focuses on virtualization, which isn’t ideal for applications that need to assign certain resources to specific workloads. Although composable and hyper-converged infrastructure are different, they can be complementary technologies, and choosing one or both should be based on application requirements.

HPE Synergy is a software-defined, composable infrastructure platform that allows you to manage infrastructure as code. This makes it possible to run traditional and new applications on the same integrated infrastructure. Physical and virtual compute, storage and fabric resources are pooled and can be composed almost instantly into any application’s configuration through a single interface. Physical, virtual, cloud and containerized workloads run on the same infrastructure, which eliminates silos, frees up resources and simplifies operations. Applications can be continuously built, tested and deployed in a developer-friendly, fully programmable infrastructure.

At the recent VMworld conference in Las Vegas, HPE announced that HPE Synergy would be the industry’s first composable infrastructure platform for VMware Cloud Foundation. HPE Synergy with VMware Cloud foundation will enable the deployment of traditional and private cloud workloads with a single click, while Infrastructure-as-a-Service and private clouds can be deployed in minutes. VM costs are 29 percent lower compared to traditional architectures and up to 50 percent lower than public clouds. HPE Synergy is also the fastest platform for VMware environments by 41 percent.

The emergence of composable infrastructure is in line with the growth of hyper-convergence and the software-defined model as organizations seek to maximize efficiency, agility and flexibility. Most importantly, composable infrastructure supports organizational efforts to maximize business value from their IT resources and investments.