The Business Case for Composable Infrastructure
April 11, 2017

Perry Szarka
Logicalis

Share this

What is composable infrastructure, and is it the right choice for your IT environment? That's the question on many CIOs' minds today as they work to position their organizations as "digitally driven," delivering better, deeper, faster user experiences and a more agile response to change in whatever vertical market you do business in today.

Sometimes thought of as "software-defined in a box," a composable infrastructure virtualizes the entire compute environment and manages its resources as if they were services. This makes a composable infrastructure both flexible and agile enough to deliver true digital transformation, yet allows IT to continue to manage legacy applications from within a single architecture.

While this may seem like the answer to all of your headaches, there is no silver bullet. To help you decide if composable infrastructure is the right choice for your organization, it's important to understand the three most significant issues driving the need for change:

■ The traditional, legacy computing infrastructures most organizations have in place are simply not agile enough to meet today's fast-paced business demands.

■ Organizations are increasingly developing their own applications in house, yet legacy infrastructure cannot keep pace with development efforts.

■ Today's business users have consumer-like expectations for the availability of IT services – and that is putting significant pressure on IT.

While there's no single solution that will work for every organization, composable infrastructure may provide an answer for many. What many businesses need is a single solution that can address both today's bimodal IT model on the same platform at the same time – and composable infrastructure can do just that.

One of the most significant advancements in this area that we have seen is a composable infrastructure that brings together software-defined compute resources, software-defined storage and software-defined networking into a homogenous package with a single management interface. By completely abstracting the hardware, this kind of solution delivers the necessary compute, memory, storage and networking resources to accommodate individual applications automatically, without the involvement of multiple IT personnel.

When properly implemented, composable infrastructure can help propel an organization forward in its digital transformation, making it a truly service-defined enterprise. The key, however, is in determining if composable infrastructure is the best way to meet the business' needs.

To help organizations decide, it's important that a solution provider start with a thorough understanding of the company's business, then provide the client with a deep level of consulting, application rationalization, and an analysis of what is working and what isn't so they know where their own gaps exist. No matter who the solution provider is, this should all be taking place before any decisions about infrastructure are made. You have to start with the vision so you know where you are going and can map the best route to get there.

Read 5 Questions to Ask Yourself About Composable Infrastructure

Perry Szarka is a Solution Architect at Logicalis US.

Share this

The Latest

April 28, 2017

Today 96 percent of organizations have Digital Transformation initiatives on their roadmap and more than half of those initiatives are in process now. However, there is a major disconnect between user expectations and what IT can deliver, and it is hindering innovation, according to a new survey by Veeam ...

April 27, 2017

According to the tenth annual State of the Network study from Viavi, nearly 90 percent of respondents say they are involved in troubleshooting security-related issues, with 80 percent reporting the time consumed by these issues has increased in the past year ...

April 25, 2017

While the idea of shifting toward digital business was speculative for most CEOs a few years ago, it has become a reality for many in 2017. 47 percent of CEOs are being challenged by the board of directors to make progress in digital business, and 56 percent said that their digital improvements have already improved profits ...

April 24, 2017

The Internet of Things (IoT) is increasingly present in our daily lives, at work, in the home and in the public sphere, making the world a more connected place. In fact, 2020 will see at least 20 billion connected devices across the globe. So, let's take a look at the most common iterations of the IoT at the moment, and what we can expect to see in the IoT landscape over the next 5 years ...

April 21, 2017

In the spirit of Earth Day, which is Saturday, April 22, we recently asked IT professionals for the tips and tricks they're using to help keep their data centers as green as possible. Here are a few ideas inspired by the responses we got ...

April 20, 2017

Almost One-Third (28 percent) of IT workers surveyed fear that cloud adoption is putting their job at risk, according to a survey conducted by ScienceLogic ...

April 19, 2017

A majority of senior IT leaders and decision-making managers of large companies surveyed around the world indicate their organizations have yet to fully embrace the aspects of IT Transformation needed to remain competitive, according to a new study conducted by Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) ...

April 18, 2017

The move to cloud-based solutions like Office 365, Google Apps and others is one of the biggest fundamental changes IT professionals will undertake in the history of computing. The cost savings and productivity enhancements available to organizations are huge. But these savings and benefits can't be reaped without careful planning, network assessment, change management and continuous monitoring. Read on for things that you shouldn't do with your network in preparation for a move to one of these cloud providers ...

April 17, 2017

One of the most ubiquitous words in the development and DevOps vocabularies is "Agile." It is that shining, valued, and sometimes elusive goal that all enterprises strive for. But how do you get there? How does your organization become truly Agile? With these questions in mind, DEVOPSdigest asked experts across the industry — including analysts, consultants and vendors — for their opinions on the best way for a development or DevOps team to become more Agile ...

April 12, 2017

Is composable infrastructure the right choice for your IT environment? The following are 5 key questions that can help you begin to explore the capabilities of composable infrastructure and its applicability within your own IT environment ...