HP Wants IT All; Or At Least All Converged Infrastructure IT

One of the Big Three (the other two being Cisco and IBM) that dominate the converged infrastructure market that will be worth $4 billion in the U.S. over the next 12 months and $17.8 billion globally by 2016, HP is looking to distance itself from the competition with ‘an industry-first, consumer-inspired infrastructure management platform’. The IT giant said the current model is stuck in the past and its OneView is the first step in fundamentally rethinking the entire approach to infrastructure management in the data center.

“The traditional tools to deploy and manage IT are not meeting demands,” said HP’s Jeff Carlat, Director, Converged Systems Product Management. With the number of virtual machines expected to double, with device and data growth exploding, existing tools are being swamped, all of which are helping to drive the need for converged infrastructure, he said. “We built this tool to be simple, to be fast… and extensible…”

This focus on reducing complexity certainly fits well with the recent CI study from Technology Business Research. According to an interview with TBR’s Christian Perry, Senior Analyst for Data Centers, the move to integrated/CI solutions over the last few years is being driven primarily by tighter budgets, and from that, the need for simpler solutions. “Data centers don’t have the people from a numbers or skills perspective. We see a much larger x86 footprint and that builds complexity.”

Resource-strapped organizations are looking for infrastructure management platforms that will unchain them from spending countless hours on mundane, administrative tasks to focus more on innovation, said IDC’s Matt Eastwood, Group VP and GM, in a prepared statement. “The market is primed and ready for an infrastructure management platform that is more intuitive and built for the needs of IT today—not the days gone by.”

There was a lot of work – and significant customer input – during the four years it took to develop OneView, said Carlat. The company collaborated with more than 150 customers across 30 data centers worldwide to understand the drivers of cost, inefficiencies and delays around the most common infrastructure management tasks, processes and steps. HP also looked at the best mobile applications out there and learned from them, building a solution today and tomorrow, he said.

The results include the ability to deploy and manage HP infrastructure faster, with a 42% lower total cost of ownership and a 220% return on investment, Carlat said. Designed initially for the company’s BladeSystem and ProLiant Generation 7 and 8 (Gen7/8) servers, HP is also offering migration services; and price discounts for customers already invested into its legacy tools.

Carlat said one reason HP is starting with its popular ProLiant line is the Integrated Lights-Out chip that ships with every server. ILO, helps simplify server setup, engage health monitoring, maintain power and thermal control, and promote remote administration. Unlike third-party tools, this platform “sucks in this information and uses it.”

Somewhere down the road OneView will be extended in both capabilities and platforms, said Carlat. This is version 1.0 and you can expect as Moonshot becomes more prevalent in the industry, it will be supported, as well as storage like HP’s 3Par portfolio, he said.

The Devil Is In The Details

Scheduled to be available beginning in October, pricing begins at $799 for a single license, with three years of technical support and upgrades when also purchasing HP ProLiant server technology.

Additional details and benefits include:

-provisioning hypervisors across 16 servers reduced to 14 minutes, compared to two hours and 50 minutes with traditional tools;

-retiring a virtual local area network (vLAN) requires only four steps and 30 seconds, compared to 480 steps and more than two hours with a traditional tool;

-workloads can be migrated up to five times faster than with manual operations;

-the administration time to configure servers is nine times faster compared to manual operations;

-network configurations are an estimated 24 times faster as compared to manual operations;

-Dashboard allows users to view the entire data center in seconds, and more information is just one click away;

-Smart Search, built into every task to provide immediate access to the event device, or task information, allows administrators to find key information in seconds;

-MapView examines the relationship between devices, connections and status to help administrators find, triage and fix problems in seconds or minutes;

-Templates allow for collaboration by teams;

-Activity Feed provides teams a way to communicate as well as a place that combines tasks, hardware alerts and administrative notes into a single view; and,

-each OneView license includes three years of software and technical support updates.

Additional services include:

-HP OneView Startup Service;

-HP Proactive Care for OneView;

-HP OneView Integration Service; and,

-HP Education Services.



Author: Steve Wexler

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