Secrets of the IT ninjas: achieving hyper-agility with Composable Infrastructure

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Those of us who have been around IT for a while remember when the impetus for change came mainly from management and was usually along the lines of “do more with less.” Nowadays it seems to come from all directions at once, and feels more like “do everything with less.” It calls for an almost ninja-like level of agility, the ability to respond easily and quickly to whatever comes your way, to swing with lightning-fast reflexes from one demand to the next.

Disruptive challenges can come out of nowhere; all it takes is a bright new idea and the technology to make it happen. Your business’s own innovators and disruptors (LOBs with market-changing business models, DevOps teams with next-gen apps) are clamoring for faster, more flexible ways to get their ideas into production. All the while, the business-as-usual demands haven’t gone away, whether it’s adding capacity to accommodate bursting workloads or standing up equipment for a new project.

Blazing-fast reflexes, on-the-fly changes

What’s needed for hyper-agile IT is infrastructure that is itself more flexible and responsive. Composable Infrastructure is architected for agility. It turns compute, storage, and fabric into fluid pools of resources that are easily composed and re-composed to meet each application’s needs. A software-defined intelligence provides a single management interface, and a unified API gives you full programmability, allowing you to compose infrastructure resources via a single line of code.

Composable Infrastructure’s template-driven automation lets you quickly provision resources together with their state (bios settings, firmware, drivers, protocols) and operating system. The templates define how the infrastructure functions. If you need to make changes, the native, software-defined intelligence lets you do that programmatically, on the fly. You can stand up new equipment in minutes, rather than days or weeks. Change-management processes like firmware updates or modifying network connectivity become frictionless, so your teams won’t get bogged down in unproductive details.

A well-stocked ninja armory

Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s first instantiation of Composable Infrastructure, HPE Synergy, is flexible enough to meet the needs of traditional IT applications, like ERP and databases, as well as the new breed of apps and services that capitalize on mobility, Big Data, and cloud-native technologies. Composability doesn’t limit you to a single operating paradigm; it handles virtual machines, bare-metal deployments, and containers with equal ease. You can quickly spin up infrastructure for development, testing, or production environments using the unified management interface.

For help with developing new apps to keep pace with the needs of your customers, internal or external, you can turn to the third-party software providers in the HPE Composable Infrastructure Partner Program. That’s the kind of well-stocked armory that every IT ninja needs.

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