Composable infrastructure - hype, hope & reality
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Future of applications.
Composable infrastructure is aimed at optimising IT resources and improving business agility. Today nearly every enterprise application is accessible via APIs. This API-based approach is cost-effective and fosters access to enabling technology that in turn opens up new channels of monetisation with partners and customers.
Additionally, the number of SaaS applications in a typical organisation keeps increasing. As vendors promise to boost efficiency and enable infrastructure agility, organisations no longer rely on a single application suite. Instead, they are leveraging APIs and ecosystems to develop end-user experiences from a plethora of applications.
While composable infrastructure is rapidly shaping up to be the next big thing, organisations should be careful in choosing the right vendors and products, and consider all pros as well as risks.
Key recommendations per Gartner:
Choose composable infrastructure when your workloads require unpredictable or changing needs for bare-metal resources, especially high-cost components like GPUs or NVMe storage
Compare the cost and benefits of composable infrastructure to traditional infrastructure alternatives. Make vendors demonstrate real value versus existing options.
Run a proof of concept focusing on ease of use, deployment speed, ability of the infrastructure to adapt to changing workload performance and scale requirements, and operating expenditure (opex) improvements such as time and labor saved for Day 2 operations.
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Source: Gartner, Understand the Hype, Hope and Reality of Composable Infrastructure, Julia Palmer, Daniel Bowers, 15 January 2020.
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