4 reasons to choose a composable, software-defined infrastructure

4 reasons to choose a composable, software-defined infrastructure

A composable (software-defined) infrastructure marks a split from the traditional hardware-defined, manual modes of building IT infrastructure. There are now more opportunities to save and improve the efficiency of infrastructure management by using a composable solution. Infrastructure managers can establish, then manage infrastructure using only software.

This type of composable infrastructure solution has the potential to simplify management and enable greater flexibility.

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Based on real user reviews of HPE Synergy, IT Central Station explores choosing a composable infrastructure, highlighting the following features to consider: unifying infrastructure management tools, future-proofing infrastructure, automation, and integrated storage management.

Easy-to-use, unified infrastructure management

A composable infrastructure makes it simpler to manage your environment, saving time due to ease of use.

A System Engineer at a manufacturing company noted, “The most valuable feature of this solution is the ease of deploying servers, profiles, and images. Having that single pane of glass is a good feature for the management of our environment.”

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Using templates speeds up deployments, a Senior Systems Engineer at a healthcare company with over 500 employees characterized, “Spinning up an environment is much quicker, because I don’t have to reconfigure networking and redesign everything from the ground up. I throw a new blade into the frame and configure it based off a template.”

Future-proofing infrastructure

An advantage of composable infrastructure is its ability to prevent major disruptions in future infrastructure upgrades. For example, a VP Technology at a tech services company with over 50 employees discussed, “We like the idea that we can put four chassis in one of our racks, and we can connect up to 25 chassis, so the scalability to us, and being able to sync all those into one management portal, is unheard of.”

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As many organizations are pursuing a hybrid strategy, or are not quite there yet, it is prudent for them to select a solution that supports hybrid cloud. This was noted by a manufacturing system engineer, “We use this solution to run both our production and non-production environments. We currently do not have any cloud initiatives, but we bought it so that we can be future protected for the cloud.”

Automation and composable infrastructure

The automation of a composable infrastructure creates a more efficient, faster IT infrastructure.

A retail Senior Infrastructure Engineer said, “By automating, we can avert human errors. Life becomes easier and operations become much easier.”

What's more, a System Engineer at a healthcare company with more than 1,000 employees said, “We spent less than a day deploying new hosts, where it would have taken us a week previously. So, our deployment time is about one-fifth of what it was.”

Integrated storage management

A Service Manager at a financial services firm with more than 10,000 employees remarked, “It helps us manage our IT landscape because it is easy, standard, and very consolidated.

You don’t need to have the storage and communications apart, because it’s all consolidated.” This demonstrates how integrating storage management into a composable infrastructure solution makes it easier to use.

In addition, composable infrastructure turns infrastructure into code. A Director at a tech company with more than 10,000 employees offered a number of insights, remarked, “The biggest lesson learned is that if you really buy into software-defined and start moving to infrastructure as code, there is a lot of power potential there, if you can just stay the course.”

IT Central Station members recommend unifying infrastructure management tools, interfaces, and solutions that enable ease of use.

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Future-proofing infrastructure is a further requirement of the composable infrastructure selection process, along with the push for infrastructure efficiency and fast deployment. Automation figures prominently into best practices, as do templates.

Finally, selecting a composable infrastructure solution is about finding, then leveraging, the maximum value from a solution’s innate infrastructure-as-code capabilities.

Learn more by reading IT Central Station’s PeerPaper titled Best Practices for Choosing a Composable Software-Define Solution.