How Hyperconvergence is Evolving toward Composable Infrastructure

Recently, I was scrolling through my twitter feed, and I came across an article on titled, The Evolution of Hyperconverged Storage to Composable Systems

The article discusses the evolution and growth of hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) as a category, and details the future of HCI as moving toward composable infrastructure. What caught my eye was that the article’s image features HPE Synergy, the first platform built from the ground up for composable infrastructure.

After reading the article, I couldn’t agree more with the author—the evolution of hyperconverged storage is composable. As businesses evolve and grow beyond hyperconvergence, composable infrastructure helps IT cut costs, increase storage for all workloads, and improve networking — while accelerating and simplifying everything.  Here are three examples:

  1. Composable infrastructure lowers costs
    Composable infrastructure lets IT quickly assemble infrastructure building blocks using software-defined resource templates. These templates can easily be composed and then recomposed based on the demands of applications. By maximizing resource utilization, IT can eliminate overprovisioning and stranded infrastructure while ensuring right-sized resource allocation for each of the applications they are running. This enables customers to spend less money on infrastructure and significantly increase the speed to provision infrastructure, which can now be accomplished in minutes.
  2. Composable storage provides flexibility and simplicity for all workloads
    Composable infrastructure aggregates all stranded or unused storage into pools to meet the needs of any workload, enabling IT to quickly scale up and scale down storage needs as workloads dictate. For example, in HPE Synergy, a single storage module can hold up to 40 drives, which can be zoned to one or multiple compute modules. If the compute module needs more capacity, the storage pool can be automatically reallocated among compute modules to meet the needs of the workloads.
  3. Composable fabric simplifies your network
    The network interconnect is typically one of the biggest headaches for IT organizations to manage. To maintain workload performance, most customers will over provision their resources, which increases cost.  With composable infrastructure, you can dynamically change network allocation and bandwidth to meet your needs.

For example, HPE Synergy is an enterprise-grade solution built on industry standards that can easily integrate into existing heterogeneous data centers and connect seamlessly to existing networks and SANs. It abstracts away operational minutia, replacing it with high-level, automated operations. 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 can configure the entire infrastructure for development, testing, and production environments using one interface that is implemented in one simple step.

Hyperconverged combined with composable infrastructure

Today HPE customers are using both hyperconverged and composable infrastructure to achieve more flexibility with more cost-effective results, both at the core of their data center and at the edge of their business.

One example of this is an international bank that has deployed hyperconverged infrastructure and composable infrastructure. These combined technologies provide compelling functionality, workload consolidation, and simplified IT operations. Using HPE OneViewHPE SimpliVity, and HPE Synergy, this bank is improving its IT infrastructure across its entire business. Benefits result in simplified IT ops management, a smaller data center footprint, workload consolidation, and enhanced business agility. These solutions are setting this bank apart, letting them offer a growing number of new digital services that improve their customers banking experience.

To learn more about the future of composable infrastructure for your business, download the Forrester research report, Hybrid IT strategy insights: Composable infrastructure and business breakthroughs. And for more details on composable infrastructure, download the free e-book, Composable Infrastructure for Dummies.

About Paul Miller

10 ways to tell if an infrastructure solution is really composable TechNativePaul Miller is Vice President of Marketing for the Software-Defined and Cloud Group at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). Paul’s organization is responsible for all marketing content and sales enablement tools to help HPE customers get the best product and solution experience.

To read more articles from Paul Miller, check out the HPE Shifting to Software-Defined blog.