Turning to composable infrastructure for business agility | #VMworld

Paul Durzan - VMworld US 2016

No business wants to spend time thinking about their tech infrastructure. They have better things to do, like serving customers. However, in this age of digital transformation, business is defined by their infrastructure. Squaring this circle will be one of the drivers for tech innovation going forward, but one step in that direction is composable infrastructure. Composable infrastructure represents a pool of resources that can be configured dynamically at need. In effect, it’s infrastructure treated as code.

To learn more about composable infrastructure, John Furrier (@furrier) and John Walls (@JohnWalls21), cohosts of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, visited the VMworld US conference in Las Vegas. There, they met with Paul Durzan, VP of Product Management for Software Infrastructure and Orchestration Management at Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. (HPE).

Stepping stones to composable

The conversation opened with a look at the path to composable systems. Durzan explained that a lot of customers have asked for a hyper-converged experience, and HPE wanted to make that experience as simple as possible. The company realized it could extend hyper-converged systems from a software-defined layer to something that updates a business’ infrastructure.

“We view hyper-converged as one of the building blocks,” Durzan said. He described it as a step on the path to composable infrastructure. Over time, hyperconverged and composable will merge, he said.

Agility and the composable Cloud

Durzan mentioned how, in view of composable infrastructure, applications draw from a fluid pool of resources to expand and contract as they need. This efficiency reduces a company’s time to run for development because people can create quickly instead of fiddling with infrastructure. He said that HPE knows that agility and simplicity are key.

Finally, the discussion moved toward the Cloud. Durzan expressed that the world today is a hybrid world, and companies have to work with both public and private clouds. HPE has two paths to the Cloud, using either cloud-native applications or more traditional stacks. He believed the future was in solving the problem of moving between all these clouds, a trick no one has yet managed.

Watch the full interview below, and be sure to check out more of SiliconANGLE and theCUBE’s coverage of the VMworld 2016.

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