As cloud computing moves toward widespread adoption, some considerations have arisen. Many employees do not understand the utility in going through the process to move to the cloud, which often includes a significant investment of both time and money, especially in terms of adjusting workflows and training employees on the new system. The cloud computing market is expected to grow to more than $832 billion by 2025, and shifting to these systems has been a popular move for more than a decade at this point. There are a number of excellent reasons why companies have increasingly chosen to move to the cloud.
The Benefits of Cloud Computing
The major benefit of moving to the cloud is flexibility. No other approach to computing is as flexible and scalable as the cloud, especially considering how easy this system is to implement and use. Moving to the cloud involves little more than establishing a relationship with a cloud service provider. Then, companies can pay as they go and are able to scale and down as their operations shift all while paying only for what they need. Service providers have different tools and resources available to make the transition easy and enable additional functionality. For many companies, cloud computing has been a game-changer in terms of saving money while driving functionality.
While there are many benefits of moving to cloud computing, there are some considerations such as high-performance computing and artificial intelligence, both of which require an incredible workload.
How Composable Infrastructure Provides a Hybrid Solution
We may soon see a new hybrid approach that provides flexibility and scalability. The hybrid model includes composable infrastructure, which is a way of creating an environment that provisions bare-metal instances via software in a dynamic manner. In other words, bare-metal services can be designed and sized with the exact physical resources needed for the particular application. Then, the system administrator can deploy that environment according to project needs without needing to make sacrifices in terms of the virtualized environment.
The major benefit of composable infrastructure is supporting a very diverse workload with a single cluster and without sacrificing any of the benefits of on-site computing or the cloud. IT professionals can start small and expand the bare-metal resources as needed for the organization, so the solution is still scalable like the cloud. Plus, the solution easily integrates with existing cloud technology, as you can move between the two solutions seamlessly once you have the bare metal components installed at your site.
Imagine you are using a virtualized server node in the cloud, yet you suddenly need more computing power for a new project. With cloud-based systems, you can pay a surcharge for more computing power, which may be very costly and provide unpredictable performance. With a composable infrastructure, you can tap into your own on-site resources, of which the only costs are the initial investment and small maintenance fees. Plus, this solution provides predictable performance. The initial investment is much higher, but you avoid the recurring fees that can add up over time. In addition, you can expand your capabilities over time as your workflows change.
Why and When Organizations Should Consider Composable Infrastructure
Composable infrastructure may prove an excellent bridge for businesses using cloud technology. While there is certainly a future that supports high-performance computing and provides greater security at an affordable price, some companies require these services today. Because composable systems are bare metal, there is no drop-off in performance for a workload-optimized cluster, which facilitates artificial intelligence computations and other high-performance processes. Moving between the two systems is seamless and reliable so that no processes are impacted in terms of performance.
Importantly, composable infrastructure also prevents many of the issues associated with in-house cluster, as it reduces the resources that go unused at any given time. Utilization rates are maximized, which means that the total system performance is increased, while saving companies considerable money on capital. However, scalability is still built into the composable infrastructure system. Companies that need higher performance than the cloud can offer should consider composable infrastructure as a real solution until developments in the cloud provide cheaper and more reliable high-performance computing. Composable infrastructure provides the best of both worlds by keeping costs down while ensuring that all of your computing needs are met.