Composable Infrastructure direct-connects compute and storage resources dynamically, using virtualized networking techniques controlled by software. Instead of physically constructing a server with specific internal devices (typically storage or NICs), or cabling the appropriate device chassis to a server, composable enables the virtual connection of these resources at the device level as needed, when needed.
Not bound by a fixed ratio of CPUs to storage or networking, etc., these products can assemble or “compose” bare-metal compute systems with the desired hardware configuration, essentially at run time. And, they can “disassemble” it when no longer needed, returning those resources to a common pool. Some solutions also support GPUs and/or FPGAs.
Western Digital OpenFlex is participating in the composable infrastructure market with storage devices that have been designed around industry standard APIs making them simpler to integrate into a composable system. Companies interested in using Western Digital OpenFlex technology would need to buy a composable solution from a vendor offering composing software that supports Western Digital hardware (see Usage and Deployment).
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