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Making the Software-Defined Data Center Easier Through Partnership

Guest blogger: Jeff Carlat, Director of product management, HP Converged Systems

 

Today I’m at VMworld 2014 in San Francisco, and the talk is all about the software-defined data center (SDDC). This approach is about the promise of providing customers with greater simplicity, agility and speed through far more efficient management and automation of IT infrastructure and operations. This week HP and VMware deepened our partnership and stated our commitment to develop an open and flexible path to SDDC together. HP and VMware share a common vision that we want to make it as easy as possible to help our customers realize the benefits of a SDDC. In this post I wanted to outline some key design philosophies around our approach relate what this means for you and your organization.    

 

First: Keep It Open

 

HP and VMware are working together to develop a management stack, converged infrastructure and converged systems that are fully integrated and optimized. Our goal is to keep it simple and open, working within a standards-based approach. This fosters an open ecosystem that allows for ease of integration and innovation. The recently announced HP SDN App Store is a great example of this approachwhich has been designed to help customers solve real IT and business challenges.

 

The HP ConvergedSystem for Virtualization provides an ideal platform and pathway to cloud and the SDDC. The tight integration with VMware NSX and vCenter for virtualization management plus HP OneView makes it easy for customers to manage their converged infrastructure. Our management story is only getting better as this week at VMworld HP announced that HP Helion OpenStack will also support vSphere and NSX, and that HP and VMware will continue to work together on interoperability across our products.

 

A key enabler for customers is the interoperability and open design that is extended through the RESTful API in HP OneView. REST is a widely adopted industry standard. The API allows ease of integration with other HP, VMware and third party management tools, so customers have an open means of integrating with existing management tools. Support for third party hardware is facilitated through the integration with HP Operations Manager i (OMi) and HP Intelligent Management Center (IMC). The HP OneView integration with OMi also preserves your organization’s investment in existing operations management tools from HP and a wide range of third party vendors. You can read more about this topic in a recent HP blog.      

 

Second: Keep It Simple

 

The transition to the SDDC must fulfill on the promise of making day to day operations much simpler, intuitive and a natural extension of the administration work flow. This can be difficult. As Steve Jobs famously said,Simple can be harder than complex.” We at HP have worked with you, our customers, to identify and remove the complexity. We realize that many of our customers want to replace the complexity of multiple consoles with a unified console approach. Our partnership with VMware allows customers to work from a common, familiar console to manage this environment. NSX and HP OneView are accessible through the vCenter Web user interface (UI) that tens of thousands of users work with on a daily basis.

 

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You have also asked us to make it simpler to manage both physical infrastructure and virtual machines. Our collaboration with VMware delivers the industry’s first interoperable SDN and network virtualization solution to provide customers unified automation and visibility of the physical and virtual data center networks. The HP ConvergedSystem for Virtualization and HP OneView provide the industry’s first system to automate and simplify the provisioning and management of physical and virtual servers, storage and networking resources. HP OneView manages the physical (underlay) network, storage and physical servers. NSX manages the virtual network overlay; it provides access control, logical load-balancing, QoS monitoring and L2 VPN capabilities in the hypervisor. These solutions are available now.

 

Third: How We Do It

 

One of the goals of the SDDC is to provide greater simplicity and flexibility. Here’s a video from VMworld by two of the product managers on my team describing how easy it is to deploy NSX on a HP ConvergedSystem for Virtualization. HP OneView allows you to configure and manage the physical and virtual components quickly and easily.

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Rather than add complexity and introduce yet another console, we decided to make HP OneView a convergence platform above the virtual machine, workloads, operating system and hypervisor. It provides automation, integration and monitoring capabilities. For example, HP OneView for vCenter provides the integration into vCenter. NSX presents to the virtual machines a virtualized version all the traditional networking functions. Those virtual functions are achieved in a distributed fashion, across the different hosts.

 

The HP-VMware Networking Solutionfederates VMware NSX with the HP VAN SDN controller to offer value added differentiation for customers. This collaboration delivers the industry’s first interoperable SDN and network virtualization solution to provide customers unified automation and visibility of the physical and virtual data center networks, enabling greater business agility and improving business continuity. While some niche networking vendors only address certain aspects of SDDC and cloud, others are taxing customers with a series of disjointed and proprietary hardware-defined upgrades. The HP and VMware networking solution overcome these limitations.

 

A key feature of HP OneView is the innovative software-defined templates, allowing the automation of routine tasks. It automates the provisioning of physical and virtualized resources and maps the relationships. The templates are easy to create, and they can be initiated from the vCenter web UI. The benefits of this automation are significant; ESX Clusters can be deployed in minutes instead of hours. Virtualization administrators can the manage infrastructure lifecycle, and they don’t need to have detailed knowledge of the underlying hardware resources. Organizations can also reduce the number of tools in their environment, because the integration with vCenter provides functionality that required multiple tools in the past.

 

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In summary

 

Our goal is to provide customers with efficient building blocks, management software, and an architecture that will allow them to build on their existing investment in tools, hardware and processes. The efficiencies of cloud and SDDC will reduce the operating costs and complexity, so IT can be more agile and responsive to the business. With HP teaming with VMware it gives us the ability to offer customers options that will also reduce the risks, as they transition to cloud and a software-defined future.

 

I am confident the combination of HP and VMware management innovation will deliver new efficiencies to your IT operations and provide an easy path to the software defined data center.

 

Jeff

 

 

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