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The why, what, how, and who of HP CloudSystem Matrix

For the past few posts, we’ve covered HP CloudSystem from a high-level view. To gain even more insight into how HP CloudSystem Matrix works, we asked Andy Schneider, the Product Manager in charge of planning for HP CloudSystem Matrix to give us some examples of how CloudSystem Matrix works, and what makes it unique.


Here’s what he had to say:


Can you give us some examples of HP CloudSystem Matrix in action?

Schneider: The design center for HP CloudSystem Matrix is really around three basic tenets: to design and provision infrastructure systems in minutes; to optimize infrastructure continuity; and to protect the continuity of those services.


When we talk about designing and provisioning in minutes, we mean just that. Whether it’s physical or virtual, it’s all done through a self-service portal. We have a new solution for KVM that uses OpenStack, which we are particularly excited about. We also have integrated the capability for bursting into hybrid cloud environments, which definitely helps with scaling the solution to meet seasonal, or ad hoc needs.


Optimizing infrastructure continuity is really important. As you know, it’s one thing to provision a service, but quite another to not only do intelligent resource planning, and be able to monitor which services are running. With HP CloudSystem Matrix you can make adjustments to all the components of the solution to plan capacity and perform analytics and provide data for chargeback of solutions.  So optimization is key.


Finally, HP CloudSystem Matrix gives you the ability to protect the continuity of services. You have the capacity for recovery management, so you can perform failovers and recover quickly from unplanned outages. So when you think of the time it takes in typical cloud environments to envision a solution, approve the request for the service and then provision the solution, that can take days or weeks to complete. In some cases HP CloudSystem Matrix can perform all those tasks as quickly as 48 minutes by automating processes.


cloudbuilding.jpgIn order to understand a typical HP CloudSystem Matrix workflow, you have to take a look at the specific roles involved. The software allows different access points for different types of users, or contributors. For example, there’s an Administrator who has the ability — through an admin console — to monitor and manage resource pools, once a service is requested. This role has more of an overarching  view of the entire environment, and can easily respond to capacity issues as they arise. If, for example, a particular service or IT User is bumping up against a capacity wall, the Administrator can manage the resources accordingly.


There is also an Architect that works to put together particular solutions and create templates that IT Users can choose for their particular service. If a user or group of users wants to do a dev/test on a specific process or application, they can choose a template from a catalog of services and deploy the solution quickly and easily. The IT User doesn’t have to envision and build the solution from the ground up. We think of these templates as “best practice scenerios.” A group of those templates is what we refer to as a Service Catalog. The Administrator can control which user has access to which templates, as well. This is a great example of how all three of these entities work together, and the automation inherent in each of these roles.  


Another great example is the bursting capabilities. Let’s say a particular template has a branch that accesses a subscription to a public cloud. So the IT User selects the solution and the Administrator monitors it for capacity issues, then that particular service goes out to a public cloud — whether it’s HP Cloud Services or Amazon EC2 or Savvis — and accesses that part of the solution in the public cloud. It’s invisible to the IT User. But from an admin perspective, it allows you to pull in a resource you don’t have, or you don’t want to have, in your IT resource pools.


Again, it’s a common software set with different access points depending on the roles, all managing these processes in a holistic fashion.


For more information on HP CloudSystem Matrix, check out this business case. Or, if you are interested in the unique bursting capabilities of HP CloudSystem Matrix, read more here.


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