OneView, which was first announced in September 2013 and made widely available at the end of October 2013, was created for businesses that were looking for “as much simplicity and reliability and efficiency as possible” in building their infrastructure, according to Brad Kirby, product manager, HP.
“HP OneView is really focused on enabling management of server and connectivity…and as we move forward, also storage resource management and taking a software-defined approach to the delivery of infrastructure,” he added.
The VMware vCentre plug-in was a natural next step for HP. The new integration will help users more rapidly configure their servers.
“Many of our VMware customers were deploying vCentre. It was easy to use, it was a very effective tool for managing the virtual machines in their environment,” said Kirby. “What we found is that customers love vCentre, but vCentre wasn’t able to have full visibility into what was happening at the hardware level. What we decided to do was build a set of integrations that exposed all the information that the HP management tools provided around the servers hosting the environment, exposing that through the vCentre ecosystem.”
Through the vCentre console, customers will receive complete server connectivity and storage resource management.
The process for cluster deployment has also been greatly accelerated and simplified. The user need only expand the cluster group within the vCentre console and create the cluster to get the ball rolling on its deployment.
After that, a simple process gets the cluster up and running. The REST (representational state transfer) API (application programming interface) automatically finds the set of servers that conform to the template chosen by the user. The user must then select the servers they want to use and, after inputting some connectivity information, the rest of the process is automated.
What once took 15 steps to accomplish has been reduced to a 5-step process that requires very little intervention by an administrator.
“IT organizations don’t want to be spending a lot of time getting the infrastructure up and running. They want to be able to do that very, very quickly so that they can focus their attention on definition and delivery of IT services that run on top of that virtualized environment,” said Kirby.
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