Sudden and unpredictable change has long been a central reality in IT. But the pace of disruption is starting to accelerate, and many IT departments are finding themselves hard-pressed to keep up with it.
Much of the rapid change we see in the industry today stems from a paradigm shift in IT’s role. Companies are seeing IT as a way to drive their business – to generate revenue and increase profitability – rather than as a guardian of the core enterprise assets that keep the business running. And this new approach is a very real possibility for any business, not just the new players that are constantly entering the Idea Economy.
Established businesses are determined to be every bit as innovative and fleet-footed as the start-ups. We see this, for example, in the rise of the DevOps movement and the drive to reduce the time needed to develop new apps and services from weeks or months to days.
But it does call for a different understanding of IT infrastructure and what it can do. What I hear CIOs saying is: “I have a platform for my ERP, I have a platform for my commerce engine, I have a platform for my general applications – and now I need yet another platform for my new style of business?” In order to embrace disruption as a new business opportunity, organizations need an infrastructure that can bring all of these siloed resources together – a single infrastructure that can support both the traditional and the new style of IT. In short, what’s needed is a composable infrastructure.
A composable infrastructure is one that’s flexible enough to adapt quickly to radical change. It’s designed from the ground up to integrate compute, storage, and networking fabric. It integrates a software-defined intelligence that can configure and reconfigure those resources to meet the precise requirements of application workloads. And it includes a single API that enables you to control the entire physical and virtual IT environment from a single interface. Because it’s software-defined, composable infrastructure aligns with the DevOps model, delivering infrastructure-as-code and enabling continuous delivery of apps. It’s designed to plug into development tools like Chef, Docker and Puppet.
It’s all about accelerating speed to market, making IT a true partner for the business, and thriving in today’s fast-moving business environments.
To learn about HPE’s approach to composable infrastructure and to learn how IT can succeed in today’s volatile market environment, read How the Right Infrastructure Can Prepare Your Data Center for Business Disruptors.