Why OneView is a true SDDC management tool

 

Lipstick on Pig.jpgLipstick on a pig

 

 

One of the big developments in the area of IT operations management over the past ten years has been the introduction of user friendly interfaces as well as new packaging of tools to make them easier to deploy. These developments have made the management of networks, systems and storage easier and more intuitive with faster time to value.  Customers really like these enhancements, so they’ve become widely adopted. Legacy tool vendors like IBM, BMC, CA and even HP have been scrambling to catch up with these customer requirements. They’ve implemented all sorts of new dashboards, reports and graphs to improve the user interface (UI), so they can remain competitive.

 

The truth is, however, this is sort of like putting lipstick on a pig. The tools may be more friendly, but do these changes really make the users significantly more productive? They were never designed for software-defined infrastructure and cloud services; they’re rigid and focused on managing specific technologies. As a result, they reinforce existing operational silos. A better UI is a step in the right direction, but it’s not the kind of revolutiontionary change required to efficiently manage dynamic cloud and software-defined environments.

 

Managing software-defined infrastructure requires an approach that aligns with how people interact with complex and highly dynamic systems. To really increase productivity,  the management software for the SDDC must enable the following:

  • Allow infrastructure resources to be defined once and instantiated multiple times.
  • Facilitate collaboration across multiple domains of expertise.
  • Help IT administrators assess the impact of changes to their environment quickly.
  • Enable greater automation through programmatic access to monitoring and control functions.

 

Gartner analyst, David Cappuccio, provided the following description of the softwared defined datacenter in a blog explaining the SDDC:  

In theory an SDDC is a layer of abstraction above multiple other SDx layers (network, virtualization, storage, etc), whereby the Data Centers, wherever they are located, are controlled/automated from a single control plane, using a common set of API’s. (“Software Defined Datacenter – Reality or Hype”, Gartner, Inc., July 1, 2013)

 

HP OneView was designed from the ground up to manage the SDDC. It is not just another management tool. OneView dramaticaly enhances productivity, by focusing on how to improve workflows to achieve significantly greater efficiencies in these administrative and operational tasks. The entire architecture is built on open, RESTful API’s that are common to two-thirds of today’s top web environments. Consistent APIs, the data model and message bus replace the hodgepodge approach of traditional legacy systems. HP OneView features a fully programmable interface to easily create customized workflows and scripts.

 

Richard Fichera, an analyst with Forrester Research, described the advantages of OneView in a recent blog. He noted that Oneview,

“…attempts to turn the usual device-centric management interfaces into task-centric activities, providing intelligence and automation aids for a range of common management tasks such as discovery, deployment, updating, etc.” (HP Rolls Out HP OneView – Systems Management Done Right”, Forrester Research, Inc., October 5, 2013)

 

Later in the same blog, Fichera notes:

It has the ability to bring order and structure out of chaotic environments, consolidate reporting and analysis, and to provide a platform for extensive template-based automation for repeated deployments, bulk updates, and other repeatable actions.  (Ibid)

 

OneView Dashboards.jpgOneView does feature a consumer-inspired interface that makes it easy to use. (You can see an example of a dashboard on the right.) More importantly, HP OneView is built for collaboration:

  • The newsfeed provides real-time messaging for alerts, tasks and team messages.
  • The dashboard provides one-click monitoring of every device in the data center.
  • Map View provides a visual display of resource status, relationships and dependencies for fast, collaborative troubleshooting.
  • Groups and templates enable administrators to define resource configurations in software once and apply those configurations to hundreds for servers

Exploiting the benefits of the SDDC

 

Frost & Sullivan recently awarded OneView the “2013 North American New Product Innovation Award” in Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) Management Platforms. They compared HP OneView against two competing products and noted that OneView leveraged automation and orchestration to really empower users.

 

Automation and management are the glue that holds an SDDC. Without strong management and orchestration capabilities, businesses that employ virtualization are simply extending the value of that technology without realizing the full value that the SDDC provides. HP offers robust, open management platforms that allow IT to manage converged environments and accelerate application delivery in order to provide the best possible experience… (2013 North American Software Defined Data Center Management Platforms New Product Innovation Award, Frost & Sullivan, December, 2013)

 

If you’d like to read Frost & Sullivan’s analysis of OneView and competing SDDC management products, you can download the report here.

 

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In addition to the recognition by industry experts, HP customers have seen tremendous improvements in productivity and real cost savings using HP OneView. For example, United Airlines believes that OneView will save them up to $1,100 per enclosure in configuration costs alone. Marian Lakov, a Principal Architect with United described his experience with OneView in an interview with The Cube at HP Discover last week.  

  

There are other tools to help you manage converged infrastructure and software-defined networks, software-defined storage and virtualized environments. It takes more than a pretty face, however, to effectively manage your software-defined reality. You need need SDDC management software that will really empower users.  

 

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