So what’s all the noise about composable/disaggregated infrastructure? After all, at its center, infrastructure is a kind of a non-issue nowadays, right? It’s the most boring part of IT because the right way forward is clear and everybody knows this.
If you’re talking about on-premise infrastructure, you buy commodity hardware, cobble it together, put a virtualization layer or a cloud stack on it, and you can get work done. Sure, IT infrastructure is necessary, but there’s no innovation in the space, no new technologies to evaluate, and no improvements to be made. It’s like plumbing, great to have, but not very exciting. And though it comes with downsides, that’s okay, right? It’s the cheapest and fastest way forward and that’s what everyone does. Yawn. So predictable.
If you’re talking about the public cloud, infrastructure is even less interesting. Let Amazon or Microsoft or Google choose the infrastructure and you put your workloads on it. Who cares what servers or storage Amazon uses? As long as AWS or Azure works, you’re golden.
That’s how everyone does IT.
But have you heard the news? Analysts like IDC and 451 Research are talking about this new thing called CDI, or composable/disaggregated infrastructure.
And it’s radically different.
What is it?
A composable/disaggregated infrastructure (CDI) treats physical compute, storage and network fabric as services. Instead of treating them as physical devices, servers, storage, and networking are abstracted and can be controlled by code. In CDI, resources are logically pooled. Administrators don’t have to physically configure hardware to support a specific software application. Resources can be added or removed to an application on the fly, without manual configuration or physical constraints.
Well, it sounds interesting, but why would this matter?
Organizations who are looking to break through the limits of legacy infrastructures care a lot about this idea because CDI solves some basic problems everyone takes for granted.
For starters, imagine a world where your administrator can expand or contract the compute, storage, and networking resources an application needs, simply by clicking on a link in a management console. Instead of being limited by virtual machines or the constraints of a server, an application could use compute across many physical servers, or storage across different storage nodes seamlessly, without manual configuration, and as resources are no longer needed, they’re returned to a pool, ready for use by another application.
Going a little deeper, imagine in the future, an application that could expand the compute, storage, and networking resources IT needs, on the fly, by itself, as situations change. Your application experiences a demand spike and it uses a little machine learning/artificial intelligence to access your infrastructure through an API, allocating more capacity to the application. The demand spike is solved and customers are happy.
With composable/disaggregated infrastructure, you can begin to move toward a self-managing infrastructure, which not only delivers more efficiency and agility, but also cuts the complexity, personnel needs, and daily difficulties a status quo infrastructure includes as a basic cost of doing business.
Sounds fascinating. But this is far off into the future, right?
Believe it or not, you can have this today, without spending millions of dollars. Cloudistics is one of the first all-inclusive composable/disaggregated infrastructures. We deliver a premium private cloud experience that pools all your infrastructure resources and lets you manage them seamlessly without manual configuration or intervention. You can spin up new application instances in seconds, expand or contract resource allocations with a single click, and achieve compelling levels of efficiency old approaches simply can’t match.
Don’t get us wrong. If you’re happy with a typical approach to IT infrastructure, that’s fine, we don’t encourage anyone to shift for the sake of shifting. But if you can imagine a better way, one that gives you simplicity, agility, and potential transformation, check us out at www.cloudistics.com/livedemo.
IT infrastructure suddenly got interesting again. Who knew?