In a recent survey, Hewlett Packard Enterprise spoke to 300 business and IT executives on how they are responding to the rapidly changing IT landscape. Two-thirds of executives said their organizations are facing more pressure than ever to keep ahead of their competitors. Another 37 per cent are under pressure to avoid getting disrupted by new entrants in their space.
To keep up with these mounting challenges, businesses need to build and maintain IT infrastructures that will allow them to be agile enough to respond to new customer needs, while continuing to provide them with the reliable services that make up their core offerings. To do this, they will need to rely upon composable infrastructure.
Composable infrastructure is built to support a particular workload or application, just as that workload was built to solve a specific business need. It allows IT leaders to leverage repeatable templates, pulling together an exact combination of compute, storage, and fabric resources, as well as firmware and software that are best suited for that workload.
Composable infrastructure also enhances reliability, since any actions that affect the infrastructure are now tested thoroughly before deployment to live in a production environment. Additionally, this disaggregation of the physical infrastructure – compute, storage, and networking – enables higher degrees of efficiency by ensuring there are no stranded resources.
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Basically, leveraging composable infrastructure allows developers to treat hardware infrastructure as code. They can move resources around and allocate them where they’re needed most, allowing new workflows and infrastructure to be provisioned, configured and monitored centrally. This enables businesses to free up compute, storage, and network fabric resources, disaggregate them into pools for other deployments, all under programmatic control.
The end result is faster time to value for development, testing, and production teams, which ultimately helps businesses bring new services to market quicker.
“Businesses are finding it increasingly difficult to compete and deliver value to customers without investing in infrastructure that is flexible enough to meet their needs,” said Dave Frederickson, Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Business Development at Long View Systems.
“With composable infrastructure, businesses can get exactly what they need from their IT infrastructure to solve immediate problems. For example, if a customer wants to implement a specific application, they only use the compute and storage resources they need to run it, saving them time and money,” Frederickson said.
“The benefits of this practice are now becoming clear to all kinds of enterprise organizations, whether their infrastructure is located in their data centre, the cloud, or a hybrid of the two.”
As adopting composable infrastructure will be a leap for some Canadian organizations, Hewlett Packard Enterprise believes that customers will get the best results by partnering with a vendor that can provide guidance for the optimal use of automation in their environment. It can be easy to pilot a technology, but having the right expert consultation, holistic enterprise-grade support, and tools is critical to utilizing infrastructure automation on a larger scale.
John Dathan is Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Enterprise Group, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Canada. You can follow John on twitter @JohnDathan.
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