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Getting to market quicker

From a business perspective, second place is often too late. Those without the right technology platform can fall behind very quickly, so Synergy – HPE’s first Composable Infrastructure product – aims to speed up your environment. But Synergy delivers more than just acceleration.

The drive to faster IT is nothing new, nor are efforts to reduce complexity. We’ve gone from traditional to Converged Infrastructure, then Hyperconverged, for those exact reasons. But by moving from virtualisation and software-defined storage to fluid IT and software-defined intelligence, Synergy users get a significant edge when it comes to getting ideas to market.

If the shift from Converged to Hyperconverged Infrastructure took workload deployment from days to hours, then Synergy adopters are achieving the same tasks in seconds. HPE Synergy now enables IT to compose and recompose logical infrastructure into any combination at near-instant speeds, accelerating application and service delivery for today’s IT demands.

How does Composable Infrastructure work?

While important, to focus solely on speed would be selling Composable Infrastructure short. Where Hyperconverged made gains on scalability, there were limitations. Composable Infrastructure has built on those gains and gone way further, with virtually unlimited scale and automation. That positions it as a true on-premise cloud alternative.

So how does it work? Composable Infrastructure goes beyond breaking down traditional silos of infrastructure. Instead, it virtualises the entire IT infrastructure to create fluid resource pools which treat physical compute, storage and fabric as services. Composable Infrastructure uses software-defined intelligence to manage all the resources via a single interface. This eliminates the need to configure hardware to support specific applications, which allows IT resources to be managed by software commands in near real time to meet compute needs.

These fluid resource pools, along with software-defined intelligence and a unified API, give a greater degree of separation between physical and virtual than Converged or Hyperconverged could offer. As needs change, Composable Infrastructure can be recomposed in seconds. Given the volatile, disrupted state of markets, this looks set to be an important capability.

In the case of HPE’s Synergy, the unified API provides a single line of code to abstract every element of infrastructure, making infrastructure as code a reality. It makes infrastructure like a Lego set, with blocks that are dynamically assembled and reassembled into ever-changing layouts and buildings – all controlled by an intuitive management level.

Bringing your ideas to life with Composable Infrastructure

The earliest adopters of Composable focused first on DevOps, the speed requirements making that an obvious candidate. Any application that is dynamic will also reap the benefits, and as HPE’s Synergy wins over the more cautious, those without a DevOps focus are seeing the opportunities. The ability to provide a richer end user experience, lower long-term costs, big storage utilisation advantages, and better supported systems of record type applications spring to mind. Composable Infrastructure let those businesses do everything they were already doing – but also prepares them for whatever the future brings.

Still, Synergy does lend far greater support to DevOps than Converged or Hyperconverged systems. Internal resources are treated like cloud assets by the unified API. This means DevOps tools can immediately provision the resources needed, without the need to understand in any detail the underlying physical elements – pretty much like the children’s building blocks we mentioned.

And just as children might build those blocks to instantly express their ideas, so businesses can get their best ideas to market very quickly – while their competitors still wait for hardware to be allocated to the right applications. Those adopting a DevOps agility-driven culture speak positively about the benefits of this approach – many claim better applications, greater business agility, and a more profitable model.

This is one of those situations where if you’re investing in data centre technology while staring out at future digitisation, Composable Infrastructure – or Infrastructure as Code – offers you readiness for the future and the chance to get your ideas to market rapidly now. No more wasted innovation – it is time for your ideas to shine.

Want to know more about Composable Infrastructure? Contact the experienced team at NTT ICT.

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Added 4 October 2017

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