The Future Looks Composable: 3 Benefits of Composable Systems

by Christopher Myhill

“Composable infrastructure” or “composable system” has been around for a while but for many it is still an unfamiliar term or an inconsistent term at best. Its simplest definition is “an infrastructure that composes into an optimal configuration to meet application demands”. If this sounds like the future, it’s not. Composable solutions are available to match the needs of even the smallest of IT departments.

In development since 2013 and introduced to the market in 2016, the Cloudistics solution is a premium private cloud experience that embodies all the principles of composability and fills a void in the market for a simple, cost-effective composable solution. The Cloudistics offering takes an application-centric approach by offering a composable private cloud appliance with all the benefits of public cloud and HCI but without their compromises and limitations.

The Cloudistics composable system has decoupled storage, compute and network units, plus native network virtualization. And unlike hyper-converged solutions, it provides highly simplified network management for all traffic with built-in overlay virtualization and function virtualization. It also offers seamless integration with already existing systems, such as Cisco, Juniper and Arista networks.
In a nutshell, the composable infrastructure features offered by the Cloudistics private cloud experience are:

– Disaggregated components. Within a composable infrastructure, storage, compute and networking resources are independent of each other. Using standard hardware, the Cloudistics composable private cloud appliance decouples storage, network and compute units, which scale separately depending on your current application needs.

– Resource composition and orchestration. Composable infrastructure is software-defined with resources that can flexibly compose and equally important decompose into different configurations depending on business needs driving applications for more storage or more compute capacity. The Cloudistics composable private cloud delivers optimal application performance using built-in controls that throttle and scale resources on-demand.

– Simple automation and management. Software-defined composable infrastructure allows for simple and easy auto-discovery of resources so that they may be allocated from different pools to meet application demands. The Cloudistics composable cloud, which is managed through a single SaaS portal located in the cloud, allows you to pool and allocate your infrastructure resources with just a few mouse clicks and achieve bare-metal performance without the need to design clusters, architect volumes, or manage the hardware.

Benefits of the Cloudistics Composable Infrastructure

In today’s highly competitive environment, the demands business places on IT often look mutually exclusive: instant scalability and predictable performance, increased mobility and top-notch security, as well as support for both new and traditional applications.

Composable solutions are a different approach to IT infrastructure that eliminates the expenses of public cloud or the limitations of HCI. So, what do organizations gain from the fluidity and flexibility of the Cloudistics composable infrastructure?

1) Cloud-like scalability and on-demand availability
The Cloudistics solution scales on-demand through built-in controls to permit independent and painless expansion of resources as applications grow. Enterprises can introduce innovations and keep ahead of competitors without compromising non-disruptive performance.

My favorite flavor of ice cream is strawberry. Unfortunately, my legacy hyper-converged systems provider only offers blocks of Neapolitan. So, each week my family dig out and enjoy the strawberry from the block of Neapolitan and then we put the uneaten chocolate and vanilla back in the freezer.

After a few weeks of this we have tons of wasted chocolate and vanilla taking up space in our freezer. At Cloudistics we refer to this waste as “resource drift”. This is the story of so many legacy HCI players provide our industry. Possibly the saddest part is the leading HCI provider sets expansion prices of the compute and network add-ons as if they were premium flash storage. In our world, the economics need to be equal to or better than your local public cloud infrastructure.

2) Fast time to value
Composable systems promise better time-to-value and Cloudistics composable cloud fully delivers on that promise. It all starts with deployment time – it only takes about 12 minutes from racking the hardware to running your first application. The Cloudistics management console includes the Cloudistics application marketplace where you can download popular enterprise applications or create new application instances from custom ISO images. This reduces provisioning time and boosts time-to-value. The solution also offers native Splunk support and a full end-to-end, enterprise class Docker installation right out of the box. It can even carve resources into virtual datacenters and share them out to multiple tenants.

3) Low TCO and OpEx
Composable infrastructures allow you to assign resources to power each process individually. This removes the need to over-provision and pay for idle capacities you don’t use thus reducing infrastructure expenses. Built as an application-centric infrastructure managed from a cloud-based, single-pane-of-glass the Cloudistics solution achieves almost 3x lower TCO compared to public cloud and hyper-converged solutions.

Composable infrastructure technology is still in its early stages. While it’s hard to predict what stop gaps and Band-Aid many hardware and virtualization providers will force down the market, Cloudistics is surely going to reshape the IT landscape in the foreseeable future because we focus on the premium experience of a private cloud hosted behind your firewall.