Composable IT is the CEO’s key to the idea economy

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CEOs understand that yesterday’s technologies may not work for the the idea economy, where success is defined by the ability to turn concepts into value faster than the competition. They know that speed to market is critical to gaining competitive advantages for any company that prioritizes digitization. What they may not understand, however, is how to deploy and manage resilient systems to thrive in a digital world.

Whether they know it or not, they need the speed, agility, and flexibility to manage complexity. New architecture that can create a software-defined data center, which automatically provisions itself to support any workload, is needed in this environment. Among the latest is Composable Infrastructure, an architecture approach that allows IT to “compose” on the fly a combination of scalable storage, servers, and connectivity from a single unified interface.

This type of architecture is changing how businesses implement and manage IT. In fact, 30% of businesses may be disrupted by new IT this year. Increasingly, that disruption will come in the form of Composable Infrastructure, which has the ability to fully implement a digital ecosystem, manage complexity, and thrive in the idea economy.

Flexible power, scalability and speed

At the heart of Composable Infrastructure is software-defined intelligence that enables businesses to manage their infrastructure from a single interface. This can help minimize interruptions caused by operational tasks like operating system patching and firmware upgrades. It also gives IT the ability to create a flexible infrastructure that meets needs for velocity, power, and scalability. In minutes, IT can stand up infrastructure that previously took weeks to deploy. The scalability of Composable Infrastructure allows businesses to adjust their compute, storage, and connectivity resources on the fly as needs fluctuate. In effect, this IT operates like a cloud services provider to the enterprise.

A financially sustainable IT infrastructure

While CEOs focus on technologies necessary to realize digital transformation, CFOs are more likely to worry about financial sustainability of IT infrastructures. Composable Infrastructure may very well be the answer to these financial concerns. Employing a pay-as-you-go model, Composable IT enables businesses to trim their capital expenditures because there’s no need to invest in new hardware. Companies pay only for services consumed and don’t have to deploy workload-specific resources to run different types of workloads. This means it can save companies 17% in IT capital expenditures during the initial implementation, and deliver as much as 30% overall reduction in capital expenditures.

On-demand allocation also helps reduce operational expenditures. It can prevent over-provisioning of IT resources and unused capacity like zombie servers while ensuring the right resource needs for applications. The ability to use a single tool to administer and manage applications can reduce time-consuming operational efforts. Similarly, unified APIs enable software developers to use a single line of code, which will improve IT efficiencies and trim Opex spending.

Increasingly, CEOs and CFOs alike can view Composable Infrastructure as a sustainable approach to IT spending because of its capacity to maximize the speed, agility, and efficiency of core infrastructure and operations.

To learn how Composable Infrastructure can help meet the needs of other IT decision makers, such as DevOps and Data Center managers, explore

one company’s journey to composable


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