IT infrastructure is now viewed as a competitive advantage – or disadvantage. Organizations are under pressure to reduce data center complexity and accelerate the deployment of new applications and services. Although hardware is becoming increasingly commoditized and software is the more valuable strategic asset, physical infrastructure is still a critical part of IT operations. Organizations just need to use hardware resources as efficiently as possible.
An emerging category of products, called composable infrastructure, is making it possible to allocate hardware on demand. With composable infrastructure, all physical compute, storage and network resources are pooled, and the hardware required for each application to run at optimal performance levels are defined by software. When a user opens an application, the appropriate physical infrastructure resources are automatically found, composed and delivered as a service.
HPE is leading the composable infrastructure charge with its Synergy solution. Introduced in 2016, HPE Synergy’s composable infrastructure architecture has three key capabilities:
- Fluid resource pools that can be composed and recomposed according to precise application requirements
- Software-defined intelligence that automatically discovers and composes infrastructure on demand
- A unified API that abstracts all infrastructure components
HPE Synergy’s management software makes it possible to instantly deliver infrastructure for physical, virtual and containerized applications. Configurations for each application are saved as templates and deployed through the Synergy Composer. By automatically configuring hardware when a template is launched, Synergy speeds up the process with minimal risk of errors. If there is no template, HPE’s unified API allows administrators and developers to configure the required resources with a single line of code.
Following the software-defined model, HPE Synergy composable infrastructure eliminates the need to manually configure hardware and eliminates overprovisioning. It helps organizations optimize infrastructure costs while offering the flexibility to satisfy changing application resource requirements. Resources are pulled when needed and then released back into the pool for use by other applications and workloads. If a developer needs a platform to create a new application, that platform is available in minutes, not days or weeks.
Although HPE Synergy is a relatively new product, it’s already being used in a number of industries, including manufacturing and financial services. In manufacturing, HPE Synergy supports different workloads on the same infrastructure. For example, a manufacturer’s design teams can run CAD applications by remotely accessing Synergy, which supports seamless collaboration and file sharing while protecting sensitive data in the data center. Resources can be automatically recomposed, regardless of the when or where the user calls for them, to run simulation workloads and conduct and analyze tests.
Financial services companies are using HPE Synergy to improve administrative efficiency and simplify IT operations in a way legacy infrastructure cannot. Composable infrastructure speeds up the rollout of new applications and services and makes it easier to interact with customers. It provides increased flexibility and scalability and supports new application development while reducing operating costs.
RMM Solutions has experience deploying HPE Synergy and can help you maximize the benefits of this cutting-edge technology. Let us use our best-in-class Solutions Design Process to create a solution that supports your business objectives and strategic vision.