A Look at HPE’s Synergy | Your Composable Infrastructure Wiki

Hardware that configures itself? Yes, you heard that right. That’s what the new HPE synergy-composable infrastructure can do for you. The Synergy infrastructure solution combines storage, compute, and network equipment in a single chassis also with management software that can configure the hardware automatically, quickly to providing the resources required to run any workload.

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Industrial analysts who saw early versions have been impressed considering the IT field is littered with concepts that never really saw the light of day. Although a lot will depend on HPE’s ability to demonstrate benefits to potential customers as well as deliver on functionality, here’s why this composable infrastructure is the real deal for you and your enterprise.

Breaking down composable infrastructure

Composable infrastructure is a single family of data center hardware that cuts data center costs by reducing the traditional complexity of bring workloads online, which in turn slashes the time it takes to come up with new applications. This reduction in complexity is due to your compute, storage, and networking are all being managed through a single interface on HPE’s OneView management tool utilizing the powerful REST API.

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A common misconception is that by simply layering new software over existing hardware, you have created composable infrastructure. The truth is, hardware and software need to be developed together to enable liquid IT that can quickly compose resources for physical, containerized, and virtual workloads. HPE’s synergy took this approach which tightly couples the hardware and software sides; build right alongside each other to support business workloads as best as possible.

HPE’s composable infrastructure consists of three design principles:

1.Fluid resource pools

  • Storage, computing, and networking that can be build and rebuild according to the specific needs of an app
  • Fast deployment of workloads
  • Supports all workloads. That is; physical, virtual, and containerized

2. Software defined intelligence

  • Discovers and assembles necessary infrastructure by itself
  • Smooth and repeatable updates

3. A unified API

  • Bare-metal interface for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
  • 100% programmable infrastructure using REST API
  • One line of code for every element of infrastructure
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A question you may be asking yourself is if you really need a tightly integrated solution that will tie you down to a specific vendor. Well, on this, HPE beg to differ. HPE’s composable infrastructure actually offers you REST API, a developer –friendly unified API which does not take a lot of time to develop and integrate to. This essentially means you can move away if you want to, but the best part of the feature is to be able to develop your own tools and scripts utilizing REST API to fit your business processes and needs.

HPE’s unique innovation will offer you an experience that empowers IT to create and deliver new value to you not only instantly but continuously. Among others, this new infrastructure has the following benefits:

1. Reduced overprovisioning and CapEx

According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, the average server overprovisioning rate is as high as 88%. HPE’s unique infrastructure through a single interface enables you to compose virtual and physical resources which reduce overprovisioning by up to 60%. This in turn translates to immediate CapEx savings of 17% and a further ongoing 30% savings. To push this even further, some companies repurpose compute resources only required during business hours to run other workloads overnight to maximize utilization of their CapEx.

2. Delivers applications very rapidly

With traditional infrastructure, it will take you an average of six weeks to come up with a new mobile application or service. Not the case with the composable infrastructure. HPE’s synergy will give you software defined templates as well as bootable images to ensure IT can deliver infrastructure ready for any workload at speeds equal to cloud. Considering that numerous businesses demand infrastructure that can develop and deploy applications faster, HPE’s composable infrastructure is the savior of the IT department.

3.Increased control and productivity

HPE’s composable and innovative API can fully describe and provision infrastructure required for applications, doing away with weeks of scripting that would otherwise have been needed. The API uses a single interface to develop, test, and run code which simplifies delivery of infrastructure to developers as well as enhances control.

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Conclusion

HPE’s Synergy composable infrastructure has the potential to provide an organization with amazing economics due to its flexible nature. So far, financial institutions, service providers, and even manufacturers have shown a lot of interest in reducing management complexities and this infrastructure enables that transformation. Although HPE’s Synergy message is still unfolding, it’s time you too jumped onto the bandwagon.

Dan Mitchell President & Solution Architect at Rack Simply
Dan Mitchell

President & Solution Architect at Rack Simply

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