Should you be considering Composable Infrastructure?
While new enough to not be on everybody’s radar yet, given the results we’re seeing, Composable Infrastructure will be on a lot of lists this financial year and it deserves to be. Global biotechnology firm HudsonAlpha is using the technology to accelerate its genomics and genetics research; analysis of the human genome that used to take two days was cut to 45 minutes in early results. Satellite provider Dish Network praised flexibility and the ability to increase computing power when needed, to meet the demands of customers. So, what is Composable Infrastructure?
Composable Infrastructure, otherwise known as Infrastructure as Code, virtualises the entire IT infrastructure. It treats all physical compute, storage and networking devices as services, managed via a single application. No need to configure hardware to support specific applications, and no lengthy provisioning processes Composable is architected with fluid pools of resources that can be dynamically configured in moments. A unified API allows infrastructure operations automation with an extensive ecosystem of partners, including Chef, Puppet, Red Hat, Docker, Mesosphere, and more.
In organisations where Composable Infrastructure is a good fit, it delivers on the promises.
How to tell if Composable Infrastructure could be a good fit for your organisation
1. You are working with increasingly complex legacy IT
The first indication is your current situation – if you are currently wrangling legacy storage, servers and networking in increasingly time-consuming complexity, it is likely you want to get away from micro-managing many devices. In many cases, the speed, flexibility and cost benefits are too substantial to ignore. Easy implementation and skills transfer helps to make the gains of Composable Infrastructure materialise quickly and painlessly.
2. You want to test new ideas without major financial commitment
If you want to be able to test the market for new services with cloud-like flexibility but while keeping on-premise control, Composable Infrastructure may be just what you’re looking for. It allows you to get ideas to market in days instead of weeks without having to firmly commit resources for the long term.
3. You are running next-generation applications
In an increasingly digitised world, the benefits of Composable Infrastructure are magnified – rapid development of cloud-native applications, and infrastructure that can be composed and re-composed in an instant. And if you are running next-generation applications with dynamic resource needs, such as big data and software-defined storage, and have a customer experience-driven or strong DevOps culture, it is an option worth considering. Where you have a small IT team tasked with managing ever-increasing business needs, the fast, simple management really does allow a few people to achieve an impressive amount.
4. You have more than 100 employees
The size of your operations may also be an indicator. If your environment is smaller than 100 seats, it may not be the best fit – although there are exceptions, such as companies providing IT-intensive services, or those anticipating rapid growth. For those with more than 100 seats, it is without doubt a worthy contender because of the increase it brings in agility. Thriving in a competitive environment is easier when you can scale up rapidly.
5. Your TCO analysis indicates cost savings or performance improvement
It is worth doing a TCO analysis to check if there is substantial variance in operational needs. We help customers to perform a costs and savings analysis, where we compare the predicted outcome of Composable Infrastructure alongside other solutions, such as hyper-convergence. Our specialists consider your existing infrastructure, your business plans, and your IT and cloud strategies to identify options for your future IT roadmap.
Composable Infrastructure based on HPE’s market-first Synergy is likely to benefit traditional workloads, such as analytics, supply chain and data processing thanks to its smarter allocation of resources and unified management. Such applications may run faster, and be easier to provision via the simple management interface. In turn, the time saved and greater efficiency saves on administration costs. Synergy also addresses over-provisioning, reducing such waste of resources by up to 60%. 1
As with any change, we urge customers to compare the TCO, check out all the details and consider their business direction. There is still no magic, one-size-fits-all solution. Composable Infrastructure, though, is the closest we’ve seen yet!
Want to learn more or check the predicted TCO of your own business? Call NTT ICT’s experienced team of infrastructure specialists.
1 Based on HPE internal tests. Organisations should consult their own financial advisors to determine CapEx and OpEx opportunities.