Introducing the Composable Data Center

Introducing the Composable Data Center


logo for data center knowledge Deploying applications in a composable data center will make it easier for IT to meet the needs of the business, while increasing speed to deployment.

Throughout the evolution of data center IT infrastructure, one thing has remained constant. Once deployed, compute, storage and networking systems remain fixed and inflexible. The move to virtual machines better utilized the resources on the host system they were tied to, but virtual machines didn’t make data centers more dynamic or adaptable.

In the era of data-intensive computing, IT needs to find ways to quickly adapt to new workloads and ever growing data. This has many people talking about software-defined solutions. When software is pulled out of proprietary hardware, whether it’s compute, storage or networking hardware, then flexibility is increased and costs are reduced. But when the software-defined solution comes as a highly integrated stack (as it does with HCI), it undermines that key value. With next-generation composable infrastructure, software-defined takes on new meaning. For the first time, IT can create and recreate logical hardware through software. And the benefits are enormous.

Composable also supports IT’s move to more flexible and speedy deployments through DevOps and the much more dynamic virtualization with Kubernetes and containers. These new and changing data-driven workloads are pushing IT to shift compute and storage infrastructures away from static, fixed resources. These modern applications and deployments require modern infrastructure, driving the emergence of Composable Infrastructure – and it promises to address the exact problems that traditional data centers cannot. In fact, for the first time, using composable infrastructure, any data center can become an elastic cloud. But what exactly is Composable Infrastructure and how do you implement it?

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