We appreciate HP and their push to make composability a more mainstream solution. But is Synergy truly composable? We think it falls short in some critical areas to enable true composability.
First: disaggregation is a key hallmark of true composability. IT should be able to scale SSDs, CPU's, GPUs, FPGAs all independently. Scaling based upon converged boxes isn't optimal.
Second: composability without bare metal is more along the lines of hyperconvergence. Using virtualization or adding a hypervisor layer is not true composability. The only way to achieve true bare metal composability with the physical data center resources that are available today is with PCIe.
That's another key difference between Liqid and HPE. They choose an Ethernet based fabric and we choose a PCIe based fabric. By using a PCIe-based fabric, we're able to do bare metal composability where they are not.
Watch this video featuring Sumit Puri, CEO of Liqid, to learn more about the differences between Liqid and HPE Synergy.