Aged-out, legacy data centers can limit your business potential and sink your competitive advantage. That’s because outdated infrastructures lack the flexibility to align workloads with business demand — and take too much time to provision applications. The problem lies in the hardware-defined infrastructure that marries physical machines to specific applications.
Composable infrastructure integrates compute, storage, and virtualization components and delivers them as code that can be composed on demand for any workload that calls for it. It takes converged infrastructure to a higher level of software-defined control that lets IT managers maximize data center efficiency and optimize resource utilization. The competitive advantage of composable infrastructure is the ability it provides to embrace cloud-based models of agile application and service delivery.
Hyper-convergence plays a pivotal role in composable adoption. It lays the foundation for data center modernization that’s essential for composable success. More specifically, it provides the data center compute, storage, and virtualization resources that composable will optimize. It’s a significant step in data center modernization in these three important ways.
- It makes compute more deliverable- Traditional infrastructures trap compute resources within hardware silos, resulting in overprovisioning that takes time, money — and doesn’t fully support enterprise workloads. Hyper-converged infrastructure appliances can be configured for any workload, anywhere. This infuses more fluidity between infrastructure and workloads, ensuring that compute resources can be aligned to meet workload demand with more predictability.
- It makes storage more scalable- Traditional storage components are fixed in their capacity and slow to scale to infrastructure changes. This rigidity can threaten the very nature of composable fluidity. Hyper-converged infrastructure appliances replace rigid hardware-based storage with software-defined storage capacity that scales without adding data center complexity. This flexible architecture delivers more storage density essential for composable infrastructure delivery.
- It makes virtualization more manageable- Virtual workloads require virtual machines (VMs) – which can quickly lead to sprawl. Hyper-convergence delivers more server virtualization with less hardware, reducing VM impact on the data center while leveraging component integration to eliminate vendor incompatibility. Additionally, the software-defined management of hyper-converged infrastructure automates VM deployment. There’s less manual intervention which has less impact on IT and VMs can be deployed in minutes instead of the days.
Hyper-converged appliances like the HPE Hyper Converged 380 powered by Intel Xeon are laying the foundation for data center modernization. It delivers compute, storage and virtualization through a single machine that’s future-ready for composable adoption that IT generalists can manage.
Contact Networking Technologies to learn more about transforming your data center with hyper-converged and composable technology. As a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Platinum Partner, we have the experience and the certifications to deploy products like HPE Hyper Converged 380 into your data center.
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