Composable Infrastructure

Business are already on the journey to digital transformation, but no matter where they are on that journey, implementing and managing hybrid IT is complex. With complexity there is friction which slows implementations down. So how can IT accelerate workflows of their internal end-users, and give access to the tools they need, in the way they want, while maintaining IT governance across public and private clouds, on premise and off?

Composability allows infrastructure to be treated like applications — enabling IT operations to construct new systems from collections of building blocks, using software defined models to create new composite systems at will. The models are managed as code and can be automated.

HPE software-defined and cloud solutions reduce operational friction, bringing a cloud-like solution across the entire infrastructure. With software-enabled automation and simplified hybrid cloud management to streamline and speed operations, HPE solutions empower IT to accelerate business. HPE software-defined and cloud solutions eliminate the frictions that slow IT down and hold business back. Conquer complexity and unleash speed and agility.

Software-defined Intelligence

HPE Synergy is a software-defined composable infrastructure to manage and deploy IT resources quickly and for any workload. Using Software‐defined intelligence means that HPE Synergy bakes intelligence right into the infrastructure and uses workload templates to tell the infrastructure how to compose, recompose, and update on‐the‐fly in a very repeatable, frictionless manner.

With all resources controlled virtually as software elements, IT Practitioners gain control over their infrastructure and can actually accelerate business in ways that were not possible just a few years ago. The various infrastructure elements simply become an extension of the software layer. This allows IT to deliver:

  • Deployment at cloud-like speed and scale (stand up services in minutes with a single line of code)

  • Develop apps faster and smarter

  • Automate everyday operations

  • 94% faster delivery of compute

HPE Synergy features two management components:

  • HPE Synergy Image Streamer

    HPE Synergy Composer, powered by HPE OneView**, enables deployment, monitoring, and updates with management for infrastructure through its life cycle from one interface. As the window into HPE Synergy, the Composer provisions compute, storage, and fabric resources using a template process. This allows infrastructure to be deployed and consistently updated with the right configuration parameters and firmware versions — streamlining the delivery of IT services.

  • HPE Synergy Image Streamer

    Deploying a typical operating system or hypervisor can be time consuming because it requires customising and/or copying each image for each compute. With Synergy Image Streamer these processes are accelerated through tight integration with HPE Synergy Composer templates. The image payload consists of the compute module’s profile (from HPE Synergy Composer), the company’s golden image (the operating environment with a bootable operating system and application and the I/O driver version) and the personality (the operating system and application configuration). Through the template, bootable images are deployed across stateless compute modules using a simple, consistent process.

Hybrid IT Strategy Insights

To remain competitive, organisations need to embrace more innovative practices. Questions such as 'what are the infrastructure, best practices and technologies that lead to successful hybrid IT' are being asked, so Forrester Consulting were contacted by HPE.

In their report they evaluated IT decision makers leading their organisations through digital transformation to explore the technologies used, challenges experienced, and benefits gained from their hybrid IT models.

The report examines how some IT leaders are gaining speed and agility while reducing friction through composability and continuous delivery.

**HPE OneView is infrastructure management software that enables automation of on-premises operations so IT can deliver services faster, allowing IT to deliver:

faster deployment

63 %

faster storage deployment

46 %

less unplanned downtime

68 %

Why CDW?

Organisations are looking for expertise and IT solutions that fit their specific needs. CDW has more than 30 years of experience working with partners like HPE to design, implement and manage IT solutions for the public sector, plus medium and enterprise-sized companies. Together, our service and infrastructure can modernise, automate and transform your business.

Our service is backed by a strong partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprise. We’ve helped public sector, medium, and enterprise-sized businesses find the solution for their specific IT related problems, with fast, efficient, and cost-effective solutions. And all our service is backed by a team with decades of IT and Hewlett Packard Enterprise experience.

  • Flexible Financing

    No business is alike, and neither are their IT requirements, so why should they all have the same payment plan? Our predictive payments are created through custom financing and subscription plans made to suit you.

  • Unmatched Expertise

    When you choose CDW, you’re choosing experts and a name you can rely on. We’re proud to hold the highest HPE accreditations with more than 70 UK based accredited HPE engineers and architects.

  • Strong Partnership

    Our partnership with HPE is strong – and that creates better benefits for you. It’s how we’re able to offer comprehensive services and solutions that cover the full lifecycle of what’s implemented.

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