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Hewlett Packard Enterprise has placed a big bet with HPE Synergy—the company is a pioneer in the composable infrastructure market, and is the furthest along in customer enablement. In the rapidly changing world of IT, composable infrastructure could be the next big thing in enterprise infrastructure. Designed to treat hardware like software (what is often referred to as, “infrastructure as code”) it has the ability to allocate the optimal resources for each application—with the goal in lowering infrastructure costs, providing flexibility as a resource, and accelerating time-to- market for customers. HPE Synergy was launched in December 2015, and touted as the first platform in the market purposefully built for composability (read more here). Hewlett Packard Enterprise is making progress with building out the composable infrastructure ecosystem and though it is still too early to say definitively, they are seeing some success with Synergy’s early beta customers.
HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, a nonprofit specializing in genomics research, education, and medical treatment, was HPE Synergy’s first customer (you can read our full case study here). Genomics is a highly data-intensive field (they generate more than one petabyte of data a month), and in order to handle the intense workload demands, HudsonAlpha had to rethink their infrastructure—HPE Synergy promised the flexibility and compute power they needed to get the job done. The solution is well-aligned with the HudsonAlpha’s existing strategy—the institute already manages its infrastructure via resource pools. HudsonAlpha says Synergy’s Direct Attach Storage (DAS) simplifies storage for maximum efficiency—a must, when dealing with such large volumes of data. Hewlett Packard Enterprise ’s partnership with Docker is also a selling point—HudsonAlpha views containers as being critical for delivery of microservices. In addition, HudsonAlpha says HPE Synergy delivers the agility needed for collaboration between thousands of researchers worldwide—the platform is quick to get users road-ready and running with new applications.