Since the advent of cloud computing, technologists have been looking for a way to apply these principles to existing on-premises environments. The introduction of composable infrastructure is turning that dream into a reality. By providing an unprecedented level of control over resources with a composable infrastructure, IT can operate as efficiently as any service provider and tightly manage OpEx/CapEx across the entire environment.

In traditional environments where resources are tied directly to specific applications, each application has to be overprovisioned to ensure performance during peak usage periods. With no way to reuse resources, IT gets extremely expensive, rigid, and difficult to scale.

Virtualization helped ease this pain by enabling resource sharing amongst certain types of applications. However, the evolution of composable infrastructure takes this idea one step further, transforming on-premises IT to function as an on-demand service delivery engine for the entire company. This is accomplished with:

  • Fluid resources: In a composable environment, all applications are fed by containerized workloads with fluid resource pools of networking, fabric, storage, and compute resources — regardless of their individual requirements. Once the resources are released by one workload, they are instantly returned to the pool for immediate reuse.
  • Support for any workload: To make on-premises function as effectively as any cloud environment, traditional applications must be run with the same efficiency as next-gen apps. With composability, IT can use a single platform to simultaneously and seamlessly support all workloads — from physical/bare metal to virtualized to containerized; from traditional to hybrid to cloud.
  • Software-defined controls: Composability makes every aspect of the infrastructure programmable. Using advanced orchestration, organizations can improve resource utilization across the entire environment.

In the end, composability improves IT economics in two main ways. By tightly allocating fluid resources across all containerized workloads, on-premises IT can operate as efficiently as any service provider environment. As organizations improve resource management and move closer to the ideal 95% utilization rate, they reap significant cost savings over time. Because compute, storage, networking, and fabric resources can be added at any time — without extensive provisioning or integration work — IT gains a true “pay-as-you-go” model for all initiatives.

For organizations looking to accelerate transformation and boost infrastructure efficiency, we recommend HPE Synergy, which is the first infrastructure solution built from the ground up for composability. Fully adaptable and ready for every workload, it provides a powerful engine for driving IT results.

At IIS, we value our 20-year relationship with Hewlett Packard Enterprise, our ranking as the sixth largest HPE Platinum Partner in the United States, and our awards for HPE Global Partner of the Year and Software Partner of the Year for 2016. Together, we bring together the right people and the right skills to deliver the right technology to maximize value, performance and efficiency for our clients.