Modern Data Centre: Phase 3

The Composable
Data Centre

The Composable Data Centre

High-performance computing (HPC), Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML) create data-intensive requirements, that need a new approach to deliver infrastructure. Composability treats compute, memory, storage, GPU and networking as resource pools to be allocated based on a workload's requirements and applied to all workload types for legacy and modern applications. Automation and orchestration of composable on premises and public cloud infrastructure using a common toolset enables portability, agility and flexibility for the software defined hybrid data centre.


The cloud has enabled organizations to focus on managing workloads, enabling new capabilities to elastically scale workloads on demand. Public cloud providers offer IT resources as a service, to be scaled up (and down) as demand requires.

With composable infrastructure, the benefits of converged and hyperconverged infrastructures are extended to physical assets, managed as resource pools. Workloads with pre-defined resourcing requirements allow automated, API-driven deployment of resources matching those requirements. Any application or platform can be composed of these resources, creating a common set of infrastructure components across all workload types – physical, virtual and container – for legacy and modern applications.

Software Defined Data Centre

With this shift in modern infrastructure, defining underlying infrastructure using software defined, API-driven architecture is imperative. Applications will come with pre-defined resource requirements that composable infrastructure needs to fulfill in an automated, orchestrated way. The deployment of an application may require physical resources for the workload to run on (bare metal) or be deployed onto virtualization hypervisors or containers for more granular resource sharing, with these assets scaled at the physical layer based on the demands of the application.

Connectivity will be defined by policy, inclusive of security, to ensure that every application and workload deployment adheres to a common management and security policy framework.

Automation and Orchestration

Organizations grow their IT requirements both organically and through mergers and acquisitions, creating isolated IT silos of disparate technologies and multiple public clouds. With the shift towards composability for on premises infrastructure providing flexible deployment and scale like the public cloud, it’s important to orchestrate the deployment of applications and workloads into each platform using common automation and orchestration tools and methodologies. 

By utilizing fewer tools against multiple environments, templating the deployment for an application against each environment can be standardized, allowing for the flexible deployment of any application or workload anywhere via configuration flags without any new infrastructure as code.

Infrastructure for Modern Applications

For modern applications, infrastructure needs to be deployed on demand in a predictable, reliable way, using automation and orchestration across the software deployment lifecycle. Today’s modern applications utilize a CI/CD methodology that includes continuous testing and validation. Resources using infrastructure as code to support this process, and retired when no longer needed, maximizes asset utilization.

The ability to scale resources to meet peak demands, and release those resources when peak activity concludes, further improves utilization while reducing costs. With a common tool set for orchestration and automation IT can achieve this using common methodologies while enforcing common management and security policy controls.

Available and Portable Data, Anytime, Anywhere with Commvault

When modernizing the data centre, consolidating tools, protecting all workloads against ransomware and enabling automation for rapid recovery is a must. Organizations looking to avoid costly data loss scenarios and streamline their disaster recovery initiatives can benefit greatly from Commvault’s robust, yet easy-to-use solutions. With built-in DR orchestration, automated compliance reporting, flexible replication and cost-optimized cloud data mobility, Commvault helps ensure business continuity and avoid costly downtime. Their scale-out architecture means that your data environment remains protected, regardless of its size. Commvault takes the guesswork out of protecting your data and workloads to enable a seamless hybrid IT environment.

Automate Operations and Accelerate Service Delivery with Nutanix

As infrastructure scales and the number of applications being managed grows, delivering services across private and public clouds can be challenging. However, IT automation solutions can deliver the speed required to drive business outcomes. IT automation learns from the usage patterns of your infrastructure and takes remediation steps without intervention, allowing you to extend data centre operations into the cloud, streamline DevOps integration across your operations, accelerate delivery of full-stack application environments and automate and simplify complex database administration tasks to drive efficiency, agility and scalability.

Upgrade and Prepare Your Data Centre for the Future

CDW can help upgrade and transition to the next generation of IT by designing and implementing industry-leading data centre and infrastructure projects. We have the experience, expertise and objectivity to help organizations build IT environments that are agile, manageable and future-focused while keeping operations running smoothly and costs down.

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