Technical white paper

HPE Composable Fabric

Introduction

Today's business and government organizations are focused on digital transformation. As a result, DevOps and business agility are at the forefront of most current strategic IT discussions. To deliver both, enterprise organizations have increasingly leveraged public cloud service providers and are now building on-premises clouds with infrastructure that delivers on three basic requirements:
    1. Friction-free agility of physical resources
    2. Control systems that maximize physical resource utilization and provide maximum ROI
    3. Integration of the various infrastructure components for automated provisioning and resource management
While these requirements exist across the spectrum of infrastructure components (compute, storage, and network), the network plays a foundational role. The network fabric acts as the glue between compute and storage, so the agility, control, and integrality of the network (or lack thereof) directly impacts an organization's ability to maximize their compute and storage resources. Any bottlenecks in the data center fabric will negatively impact the organization's ability to run applications efficiently and optimally distribute data. The more the network is in your way, the less business/mission agility can be attained.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise has created a composable data center fabric operating environment that leverages commodity off-the-shelf Ethernet hardware and innovative software that forms a single distributed network without the limitations of traditional approaches - HPE Composable Fabric. Within the HPE Composable Fabric solution, the physical Ethernet devices that make up the fabric are referred to as rack connectivity modules.