Future-Proof Your Infrastructure with Composable Computing

by Karu Sankaralingam, Founder/CEO, SimpleMachines, Inc.
Published 02/24/2021
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software developmentIn the world of tech, it’s always a mad dash to the next big breakthrough. The next revolutionary algorithm, processor, or program is always just around the corner, and it’s getting harder and harder for existing technologies to remain relevant. This could spell disaster for businesses who risk facing major operational disruptions when they reach a point where their hardware can no longer keep up with advancements in software.

Based on the observable pace of technological growth, we can assume that:

  • Development of algorithms is faster than that of hardware.
  • Computers of the modern era will not be powerful enough to run software developed in the future.
  • Creators of software should not be encumbered by the limitations of hardware. Instead, hardware should be able to conform to the algorithm.

Flexibility is Key to Future-Proofing

Computational needs are constantly changing and becoming more massive, and in order to meet these needs, computing platforms have to be dynamic. This is where Simple Machines’ composable infrastructure comes in. The idea is to optimize your processing capability by pooling hardware resources together and then provisioning them as they are needed. Composable computing makes it easy to run different types of workloads using a single platform, even when they have different resource requirements.

Composable computing is readily scalable, which means that over time you can expand at a rate that best suits your enterprise. Since the infrastructure is basically a pool of resources, it can be exactly the size you need it when you need it.

Composable infrastructure also offers time-scalability, allowing the platform to efficiently execute software that was developed years after the platform was developed.

So how, exactly, can composable computing future-proof your infrastructure?


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With composable computing:

  • There is no need to worry about major disruptions during future infrastructure upgrades.
  • The infrastructure is not tied to just a single technology.
  • It is possible to take out obsolete technologies and replace them without having to disrupt the entire system.

As one government expert puts it, composable computing ensures that there is no need to carry out a forklift upgrade – in other words, you can avoid a complete overhaul.

Here’s another way to look at things: the pursuit of composability is an ongoing effort to bring together software and hardware instead of leaning towards either extreme. This way, software and hardware can develop in unison rather than at odds with each other.

The Future is Composable

The market for composable architecture has nowhere to go but up. From the year 2020 to 2025, the Compound Annual Growth Rate is projected at 21.3%, due to several factors including the development of business analytics and AI, as well as changing customer expectations.

Global virtualization is ongoing and is not about to slow down any time soon, and it’s clear that composable infrastructure is the way to the future.

Karu Sankaralingam, PhD, is founder/CEO/CTO of Madison, WI-based SimpleMachines, Inc. (SMI).  Dr. Sankaralingam started as professor of Computer Science at UW-Madison in 2007. He has 17 patents and has published 91 papers. Founded in 2017, SMI is an AI-focused semiconductor company. For more information, please visit https://www.simplemachines.ai/