Transforming the Data Center with Composable Infrastructure

By Paul Miller, VP Marketing, Converged Data Center Infrastructure, HPE

Innovation in the data center isn’t just about delivering or utilizing the latest and greatest hardware or software. It’s about finding a way to deploy and manage all of that technology together in a software defined infrastructure. Simply, efficiently, and quickly. Enter HPE Synergy, the first truly Composable Infrastructure.

What is a Composable Infrastructure? It’s HPE’s answer for IT leaders who are stuck between a rock and a hard place trying to balance the demands of a traditional IT infrastructure with the need to integrate new technologies to keep the business competitive and growing. Composable Infrastructure is designed around three core principles:

  • Fluid pools of resources
  • Software defined intelligence
  • Unified API

Fluid pools of resources

With its software defined intelligence, HPE Synergy gives you a single interface to compose physical and virtual compute, storage, and fabric pools of resources. All of the resources you need are now always available and can be instantly configured according to the specific needs of each application.

HPE Synergy enables IT to accelerate application and service delivery through a single interface that precisely composes and recomposes logical infrastructures into any combination at near-instant speeds.  Composable resources are provisioned together with their state (bios settings, firmware, drivers, protocols, etc.) and the Operating System image using repeatable templates.

The HPE Synergy Gen9 Compute Modules are designed to run general purpose to data intensive workloads enabled by powerful Intel® Xeon® processor E5 and E7 families and a variety of HPE memory, storage, and fabric choices.

We’ve listened to our customers who’ve told us that they have plenty of computing power…their bottleneck is memory. The new HPE Synergy compute modules give you 2 and 4 socket options for composable computing designed for memory-intensive workloads.

Software defined intelligence

Software-defined intelligence—with template-driven, single-touch provisioning and management—provides true infrastructure as code capabilities (i.e. using software to control hardware quickly, programmatically, and without human intervention) that transcend virtualization.

Historically, change operations required coordination across multiple teams, multiple tools and complex interdependent processes that can often take weeks to complete.  HPE Synergy abstracts away operational minutia replacing it with high-level, automated operations.  Now, change operations such as updating firmware, adding additional storage to a service, or modifying network connectivity are automatically implemented via a template, significantly reducing manual interaction and human error.

It also strengthens governance and compliance via powerful self-discovery, self-assembling, self-securing, self-orchestrating, and self-healing capabilities.

Unified API

The unified API provides a single interface to discover, search, inventory, configure, provision, update, and diagnose the composable infrastructure.  A single line of code fully describes and can provision the infrastructure required for an application, eliminating time-consuming scripting of more than 500 calls to low-level tools and interfaces.

With software defined intelligence, HPE Synergy makes it intuitive and simple to stand up the infrastructure you need for your workload. What was once a time-consuming project can now take only minutes to complete using infrastructure as code in the Composable Infrastructure unified API.

Re-inventing your data center

Composable infrastructure lets enterprise IT operate like a cloud provider to lines of business and the extended enterprise. It maximizes the speed, agility, and efficiency of core infrastructure and operations to consistently meet SLAs and provide the predictable performance needed to support core workloads—for today and tomorrow.