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The Secret Sauce for Enabling a Composable Infrastructure

Update Time: 2019-12-20 13:57:03

The Secret Sauce for Enabling a Composable Infrastructure

Earlier this summer, HP introduced Project Synergy, an ambitious initiative to deliver a new class of Composable Infrastructure, which is built on fluid pools of compute, storage and fast flexible fabric, designed to meet organizations’ growing demands for a faster, more continuous approach to delivering new business capabilities. This multi-year effort is aimed to help organizations keep pace with the needs of a digitally-driven enterprise, provides application developers a programmable infrastructure that allows them to provision infrastructure for the needs of an application through the HP OneView application programming interface, or API.

After two months of announcing Project Synergy, it is really gratifying to see we have reached two more milestones on the road to enabling customers to configure and manage IT infrastructure in a more automated and efficient way. HP is collaborating with industry-leading partners, including Chef Software and Arista Networks, to develop integrated solutions that leverage the open HP Composable Infrastructure API and repeatable templates for end-to-end infrastructure to application provisioning and lifecycle management.

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Our vision for a Composable Infrastructure is simple yet bold – provide customers with a public cloud experience with the hardware in their data center. To achieve this, organizations must allow application developers to treat “infrastructure-as-code” that automates the provisioning of applications and their underlying operating system and infrastructure. HP OneView extends the infrastructure-as-code concept down to bare metal, spanning compute, storage and networking.

In the past, organizations had to provision their bare metal machines with a separate manual process that was time consuming and complex. These long cycles meant that IT was only able to roll out new functionality and services a few times per year. With the new Chef Provisioning Driver for HP OneView built with the open RESTful API, customers can use Chef to automatically provision entire application stacks from bare metal through application in minutes. This enables customers to treat infrastructure-as-code, allowing them to reduce the time spent on managing their environments and accelerate time-to-value. 

Now, with the Chef Provisioning Driver for HP OneView, organizations can order physical infrastructure on-demand, from their private bare metal cloud using templates – or “recipes”— from HP OneView to bring unprecedented levels of agility to their data center. When new infrastructure is required, Chef simply invokes an HP OneView template through a single line of code in the same way as other virtual and cloud resources. By removing these manual processes, organizations can now innovate more continuously by delivering applications and IT services faster and more reliably than ever before.

The HP OneView-Chef solution is available today.  To help customers get started, HP offers enterprise-grade support, tools and advice through direct access to experts trained specifically on this solution through its Datacenter Care-Infrastructure Automation service.

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Finally, as announced at VMworld, HP Composable Infrastructure partner Arista has used HP OneView’s open REST APIs and open standard AMQP message bus to build interoperability between their top of rack switch and the HP Converged Architecture 700 platform. This architecture automatically provisions virtual local area network (VLAN) interfaces between HP Virtual Connect and Arista’s programmable platforms with no administrative intervention. In large scale cloud data center deployments, this can reduce time spent on deployment, updating, migrating and troubleshooting from hours or days to minutes.

Our vision for the future of enterprise infrastructure will continue to unfold this quarter, as we’re actively working to incorporate Composable Infrastructure into the HP Helion platform and wide ecosystem of partners, including Docker, Ansible and Puppet Labs. Stay tuned for more updates on that in a future post.


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