Composable infrastructure is an approach to provisioning and managing physical and virtual assets, finding new ways to allocate and combine resources in a more cost-effective way.
Here are a few examples of its efficiency:
- Little to no license overuse or over-purchasing due to the flexible nature of the platforms
- Simplified workflows that expedite time-to-competency and daily performance
- Increased accessibility
Think: A system that lets you access the apps you regularly use all in one user interface.
Composable infrastructure allows computational, storage, and networking resources to be freed from their physical locations and managed by software via a web-based interface. It makes data center resources as accessible as cloud services.
In fact, many enterprise data centers are adopting composability as it offers the cheapest and most efficient means by which to provide an experience similar to the cloud, on-premises. Its flexibility means departments can deploy any workload with the agility and speed of the cloud. Resources can be configured with just a few clicks and reallocated on-demand, based on workflow and business needs. The deployment of apps can be automated and orchestrated like it can with the cloud. You can keep costs low because you can subscribe to the “pay-as-you-grow” model, while maintenance and updates are automated.
Modern IT teams must be able to rapidly accommodate ever-changing business demands, and this involves being agile and operating at a high velocity so they can introduce new products and services to the market. This infrastructure offers a fluid set of resources that can be combined to meet the needs of any application, making it possible to do just that.
Benefits & Importance of Composable Infrastructure
Being able to support the requirements of both legacy and next-generation apps allows for the consolidation of IT resources, as well as reduced operational costs and complexity.
Enterprises can integrate and manage infrastructure components through a single, unified API with composable infrastructure. It also allows for a flexible network which is critical for the modern data center.
There are many other benefits of composable infrastructure, including:
- Infrastructure that can be provisioned on the fly
- Pooling resources reduces underutilization and overprovisioning
- A more agile, cost-effective data center
- A unified management interface
- Configuration of infrastructure in real-time
- Critical legacy apps can remain on-premises, if needed
- The ability to scale with the business
While all of these benefits should be reason enough to consider composable infrastructure, there are a few particular elements that can really add value to your organization.
1. It provisions on demand.
Using a single, unified API, businesses can instantly and dynamically provision software. Changes can be made based on a given application or system workload.
The infrastructure is more flexible and therefore more responsive to the needs of an organization. Resources can be reconfigured on the fly, and this means apps and services are delivered at an accelerated rate.
2. It runs anywhere.
With composability, your infrastructure isn’t limited to one computing technology or concept. It can be operated on virtual machines or cloud-native applications.
Technologies can be applied based on your business’s unique needs, whether it’s virtualization or hybrid cloud — or both!
Traditional on-prem infrastructure has physical limitations, requiring the addition of physical servers to scale and the build-out of silos for different workloads (which increase cost and complexity). Composable infrastructure, on the other hand, provides a fluid set of resources that can be combined for the unique needs of any app.
3. It’s smarter.
Composable infrastructure uses intelligent software, making it smarter than the average infrastructure. A composable system can discover available resources and detect errors and issues with configuration. On top of that, it offers solutions to these problems.
4. It’s more scalable and cost-effective.
Since you can add and remove resources as required, it makes it very easy to scale. The use of the platforms can be increased at a customizable rate, so the infrastructure can grow as the business expands.
Your pools of composable resources can be as minimal or extensive as you need them to be. You can deploy components in an incremental fashion to familiarize your team with the technology at a pace that suits the capabilities of the organization while tracking metrics. As the company hopefully grows, you can expand your composable toolkit over time.
You can also save money on licensing and usage fees. A business only needs to purchase licenses for the apps it needs at any given time, and they can adjust their costs based on usage. For example, if there are times of the year or office locations that won’t require certain apps or functionality, this can be reflected in the rate—you pay for what you use.
Additionally, the ability to combine workflows across applications into one fluid process saves time and money. It saves end-users’ time and reduces their frustration by streamlining the process.