RESEARCH PAPER: The Journey to Composable Infrastructure

Today’s digital economy is driving IT as a focal point for competitive differentiation. But siloed, traditional IT architectures often are not equipped to provide the flexibility that today’s business-critical applications require. In addition, many IT organizations are transitioning to a DevOps methodology for application development which involves continuous integration, automation, and measurement throughout the process. DevOps requires an agile infrastructure to keep up with the rapidly evolving application demands and often uses an “infrastructure as code” approach to optimize allocation of resources. To address these needs, a new category of solutions is emerging called composable infrastructure.

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Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • New Business Models Require More Agile IT
  • Composable Infrastructure for Changing Business Needs
  • Key Requirements for Composable Infrastructure
  • Cisco’s Approach to Composable Infrastructure
  • Disaggregated Infrastructure: UCS M-Series & C3260
  • Cisco UCS Management Software: “The Secret Sauce” for Composable Infrastructure
  • Potential Directions for Cisco Composable Infrastructure
  • Call to Action
  • Figure 1: Hierarchy for Composable Infrastructure
  • Figure 2: Cisco UCS M-Series Disaggregated Infrastructure
  • Figure 3: Cisco UCS C3260 Disaggregated Infrastructure
  • Figure 4: Cisco UCS Management & Composable Infrastructure
  • Figure 5: Cisco UCS Management Process Flow for Composable Infrastructure

Companies Cited

  • BMC
  • Cisco
  • Cloudera
  • Dell
  • Ericsson
  • HPE
  • IBM
  • Intel
  • MapR
  • Microsoft
  • Openstack
  • Quanta
  • VMWare