HP Composable Infrastructure: Bringing Resource Automation To The App Layer

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Hewlett-Packard on Wednesday unveiled a new platform for bringing IT resource orchestration and automation to legacy applications as a way to provide cloud-like flexibility.

The company's new Composable Infrastructure platform will provide a new API that allows applications to interface directly with converged infrastructure solutions, said Jeff Carlat, director of converged systems product management at Palo Alto, Calif.-based HP.

That API will let the applications automatically access, deploy and then release compute, storage and networking resources -- without human intervention, Carlat told CRN. Currently, applications running on converged infrastructure solutions like HP's ConvergedSystem can do so via an administrator or some other tool, he said.

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The HP Composable Infrastructure API works with configuration management and orchestration tools to abstract the compute, storage and fabric resources of a converged infrastructure solution to provide those resources based on an application's performance, cost and security requirements, Carlat said.

"At the core is an open, extendable API that sees all the resources, integrates with Puppet and Chef, and with more traditional stacks like VMware and Microsoft System Center," he said. "It also integrates upwards to the applications to provide the compute, storage and fabric resources."

Rob Strechay, director of product management and marketing for HP storage software, said Composable Infrastructure is standardized on REST-based APIs for quick access to the resources, letting those resources be deployed and redeployed from a converged infrastructure as if they were in a cloud.

"Composable Infrastructure is for more than working with cloud apps," Strechay told CRN. "But the cloud has changed the mode of how people want to operate. So we want to bring that flexibility to traditional apps."

HP OneView infrastructure management software provides the management interface for Composable Infrastructure, he said.

Paul Miller, vice president of marketing for converged data center infrastructure in HP's Enterprise Group, told CRN that Composable Infrastructure is needed to bridge the gap between traditional and modern business applications.

"The upgrade cycle for traditional applications is maybe twice a year," Miller said. "It's stable. But in the new style of business, customers need upgrades not twice a year but every two weeks, or every month. This requires a new model for developing apps."

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