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IT infrastructure ecosystem has undergone multiple transformations around parameters that provide significant improvements through optimization of applications and operations. The infrastructure evolution started from traditional platforms to usage of virtualization software, and progressed to hyper-converged infrastructure. Hyper-converged infrastructure combined with a virtualization softwaresimplified infrastructure and business processes, increases IT division’s capability to not only become more stable but also be a profit center.
However, the combination of hyper-converged infrastructure and virtualization software is falling short of the requirements of modern day organizations. The new generation of organizations and applications lay down requisites such as on-demand availability of customized hardware resources and high operational velocity. The combination of hyper-converged infrastructure and virtualization software is not capable of facilitating hardware modularity and on-demand mix and match of hardware resources. Additionally, IT approach has always been focused on minimizing costs, but this approach is not sufficient as the new generation of organizations are also looking for high operational velocity. IT needs to build the ability to meet new business demands just-in-time.
The new requirements call for not only a redesign of the physical layer but also a paradigm shift in age-old methodologies of build and management. Composable Infrastructure (See Figure 1) creates the perfect ecosystem in which modern organizations can thrive.
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Why Composable Infrastructure?
Composable Infrastructure helps IT to respond to the challenges laid down by new organizations. It can be considered as the next phase of hyper-converged infrastructure or the next version of on-premise infrastructure. Composable Infrastructure consists of multiple resources including, but not limited to, compute, storage and network that can make an infrastructure highly flexible, capable and sufficient to run applications, so that IT can deliver services quickly for consumption by business. It eliminates the need for workload-specific environments thereby eliminating silos and provides a fluid set of resources that can be dynamically combined to meet the unique needs of any application.
Composable Infrastructure enables best application performance, reduces underutilization and overprovisioning, and creates a more agile and cost-effective datacenter. It enables IT to provision on-premises infrastructure with the speed, agility and simplicity that is seen while deploying and provisioning resources on the cloud.
Composable Infrastructure enables IT with the flexibility to compose and re-compose fluid pools of compute, storage, and network resources, based on a given requirement. Additionally, unified APIs fully automate the composition and decomposition of resources, and enables programming of a significant number of infrastructure elements. Composable Infrastructure brings an integrated software-defined intelligence that includes self-discovery, auto-integrate, provision and scale out. This intelligence is achieved by implementing a software-defined approach towards lifecycle management of physical infrastructure. Composable infrastructure has three components - Composable Compute, Composable Fabric, and Composable Storage (Shown in Figure 2).
Creating a software-defined infrastructure ecosystem
Flexible and scalable application development demands a framework that leverages accelerators like blueprints, reference architectures, management tools and native composable fabric of a Composable Infrastructure.
Wipro’s FluidIT framework comprising of ASPIRE, Service Theater and Composable Infrastructure delivers a programmable software-defined infrastructure ecosystem that forms the foundation of an end-to-end, software-defined datacenter and hybrid cloud.
ASPIRE is a build integration tool that automates deployment and provisioning of workloads just-in-time based on blueprints, best practices and certified architectures.
Service Theater is a single console platform that delivers simplified and automated provisioning through its build workflows leveraging ASPIRE. Additionally, Service Theater also delivers management with high-end analytics and reporting for heterogeneous software-defined appliances integrated with Service Theater API platform. Service Theater facilitates heterogeneous management, deep analytics and ties all ends of IT operations into a single close-knit automation framework.
Composable Infrastructure provides a solid, yet flexible foundation of resources.
These three elements enable Wipro FluidIT to weave infrastructure and applications into a single platform (See Figure 3).
Wipro’s FluidIT framework is a unified, hybrid, container-based application deployment platform that enables an organization to accelerate the pace of application development and reduce the time to market. The platform offers seamless scalability and flexibility by leveraging a proven, tested framework consisting of blueprints, reference architectures and management tools.
Wipro uses its accelerators ASPIRE and Service Theater to onboard the on-demand use cases on Composable Infrastructure. The accelerators bring hyper-automation during deployment and management of use cases on Composable Infrastructure. This in turn results in lowering of costs, improvement of staff productivity and facilitates users with the capability to provision system and services from a single platform. Benefit spans across multiple directions (See Figure 4).
Composable Infrastructure operates at the core of Wipro’s FluidIT Framework. It supports Wipro’s FluidIT architecture by delivering fluid resource pools that reduce operational complexity for traditional workloads and increases operational velocity for next-gen applications and services. Composable infrastructure facilitates dynamic configuration and customizations as per workload requirements. The result is effortless configuration and reconfiguration of Composable Infrastructure with software-defined intelligence powered by ASPIRE and Service Theater that result in efficient utilizations and reduced time to market.
Practice Manager, Cloud Infrastructure Services, Wipro
Sreenath has over 13 years’ experience in Solution Designing and Technical Delivery at Wipro. Currently, he is part of the SDx team responsible for Presales, Practice Development and Delivery Enablement.