HPE Synergy: Composable/Disaggregated Infrastructure for the Enterprise

HPE Synergy is a new class of system that falls under a category known as Composable/Disaggregated Infrastructure — an emerging category of datacenter infrastructure that seeks to (dis)aggregate compute, storage, and networking fabric resources into shared resource pools that can be available for on-demand allocation (i.e., “composable”). The HPE Synergy system is a fullstack system comprising the disaggregated hardware platform and a suite of management software that allows rapid provisioning and seamless ongoing management of resources. HPE is targeting Synergy for IT organizations that require a common (read: flexible and agile) infrastructure to host next-generation applications (NGAs) and current-generation applications (CGAs) — whose design principles and therefore operational characteristics are fairly divergent:

Composable/Disaggregated Infrastructure — an emerging category of datacenter infrastructure that seeks to (dis)aggregate compute, storage, and networking fabric resources into shared resource pools that can be available for on-demand allocation (i.e., “composable”). The HPE Synergy system is a fullstack system comprising the disaggregated hardware platform and a suite of management software that allows rapid provisioning and seamless ongoing management of resources. HPE is targeting Synergy for IT organizations that require a common (read: flexible and agile) infrastructure to host next-generation applications (NGAs) and current-generation applications (CGAs) — whose design principles and therefore operational characteristics are fairly divergent:

CGAs assume infrastructure resiliency and require computing technologies like virtualization
and clustering that provide portability and transparently preserve application state. CGAs
include ERP, CRM, and other enterprise applications and utilize shared storage and relational
databases.

NGAs leverage application components that are stateless, share nothing, horizontally
scalable, and delivered via lightweight containers. They also leverage application and/or data
layer processes that do not assume infrastructure resilience. Some prominent examples of
these NGAs are mobile, online gaming, IaaS/SaaS, IoT applications, and Big Data, and they
utilize newer methodologies like DevOps and Continuous Integration and Development
(CI/CD).