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Composable infrastructure: A peek at the future beyond blade servers

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Published 14-Apr-2020 11:51:26
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After HPE’s announcement that HPE BladeSystem c-class technology would become end of sale throughout 2020 companies are now looking at the ‘what next’ as they prepare to retire and exit their legacy blade server estate.


The popularity of 'composable infrastructure' is growing fast—with HPE Synergy leading the way. And now's the time for more enterprises to pick up the baton.

Focus is turning to composable/disaggregated infrastructure (CDI). This emerging technology goes beyond hyperconvergence in terms of how easily resources can shift dynamically to fit business needs.

With a platform like HPE Synergy, you can compose fluid pools of physical and virtual compute, storage and fabric resources into any configuration for any workload—and recompose them again afterwards.

If your brain is seizing up with all the terminology, here's a simple illustration ...

Creating whatever you want

Remember playing with Plasticine as a kid? The bright colours all merged into a purplish-brown as you created different shapes. One minute the lump of clay became a snarling T-Rex and the next you fashioned a cute snail. Later that evening, your kid sister took the lump and built a model house.

We've over-simplified things a little, but that's the beauty of composable infrastructure—it's fluid. Physical and virtual resources are available on-demand for your applications. Use them how you want and they return to their previous state. You can even run different workloads, day and night.

It's also possible to imagine composable infrastructure as making your on-premise IT more like a public cloud as-a-service environment with all the benefits of speed, agility and efficiency.

This helpful seven-minute video from Joe Hardy explains where HPE Synergy fits in among the options available to IT teams. It's a good watch if you're currently using blade server/HPE server technology and you want to now understand about HPE Synergy’s frame and compute node functionality.

Who's switching first?

Some forward-thinking companies are already switching to a composable infrastructure. Back in 2017, just over $300m was spent on CDI tech. But IDC predicts the market will hit nearly $3.4 billion in 2022—with a growth rate of nearly 60% per year.

Research shows that companies with 1,000-plus employees are first to embrace HPE Synergy and especially those larger businesses with 10,000-plus staff. Early adopters are found first among tech companies, followed by finance, manufacturing, healthcare, business services, government, telecommunications, insurance and utilities.

What's accelerating demand?

Because a composable infrastructure adjusts exactly to fit needs, it can reduce under-utilisation and over-provisioning—delivering an immediate payback.

But HPE Synergy can get you ready for the economy of tomorrow too, thanks to the scalability and speed of deployment that's possible for modern business applications.

You can accelerate your business with a developer-friendly infrastructure. The unified API allows you to automate infrastructure operations with an extensive ecosystem of partners—and enable third-party integration via a simple interface. Developers can grab whatever combination of compute, network and storage capacity they need. When the workload is done, resources can be delivered back to the pool.

With software-defined intelligence at its core and powered by HPE OneView, HPE Synergy enables you to stand up services in minutes with a single line of code. It's possible to automate everyday operations, eliminate costly silos and free up resources.

Need to know more?

If you're still trying to figure out composable infrastructure and what it could mean for your business, then get a free copy of HPE Synergy for Dummies. This beginner’s guide shows how it could future-proof your data centre, accelerate your application delivery and simplify hybrid IT.

If you've got questions, then contact our expert team at Vohkus. We're always helping our customers to stay one step ahead using leading technology. Over coming years, we'll all be hearing more and more about HPE Synergy and composable infrastructure.

The first notes are sounding now—but soon it'll be a crescendo.

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