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HP consumerizes IT Infrastructure Management Platform

Thor Olavsrud | Sept. 26, 2013
HP unveils its HP OneView infrastructure management platform, which boasts a Facebook-inspired interface and automation designed to radically simplify management of data center processes.

Carlat also points to additional benefits, including the following:

  • Automation allows workloads to be migrated up to five times faster than with manual operations
  • The administration time to configure servers is nine times faster compared with manual operations
  • Network configurations are an estimated 24 times faster than compared with manual operations.

The features inspired by consumer applications include the following:

  • Dashboards that allow users to view the entire data center in seconds. Carlat says the view is equally simple whether you have 16 devices or 640: With a single click you can drill down into any particular area or grouping for deeper information.
  • Smart Search, which allows administrators to find key information using search. "A traditional tool uses trees and branches," Carlat says. "That doesn't work for large-scale data centers. The World Wide Web isn't based on a tree and a branch. It's based on search. This is similar to a Google search. You can search from any screen in the user interface and get results in as little as 200 milliseconds. You can find a group of servers or a single Mac address."
  • MapView, a visualization of the relationship between devices, connections and status that Carlat says helps administrators find, triage and fix problems in seconds or minutes. "It shows exactly what the servers are connected to, the storage profiles and firmware," he says. "It combines the status of the infrastructure with the relationship of what it's connected to."
  • Templates that allow teams to collaborate on best practices for deploying with speed and accuracy. "With CI Templates, you can work together to form a profile that can be rolled out in a seamless, integrated and repeatable fashion," Carlat says.
  • An activity feed that provides teams with the ability to communicate without leaving the platform for an outside tool, while also combining tasks, hardware alerts and administrative notes into a single view.

Universal Infrastructure Management Platform Allows IT to Scale

"Existing IT infrastructure management tools are designed for individual devices, but don't scale well in large data centers and are not optimized for the user," Marian Lakov, enterprise architect, Technology Architecture at United Airlines.

"As a result," Lakov says, "it's hard for United Airlines to scale IT services without corresponding increases in time and headcount. HP Oneview creates a new direction by providing a universal infrastructure management platform that is flexible enough to scale from a single enclosure to large data centers and is optimized for infrastructure teams. Our initial findings have been very promising and we believe that going forward, OneView will allow the United IT team to configure and manage the IT infrastructure in a more efficient way."

OneView is designed for the HP BladeSystem, HP ProLiant Generation 8 and HP ProLiant Generation 7 servers.


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