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The science behind the simplicity of HP OneView—Part one

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Perhaps the best view of HP OneView, is the part you can’t see. HP’s new systems management tool rolls four years of customer input and HP innovation into a solid task-driven package that redefines systems management. To understand the essential differences, I sat in on a briefing by HP Converged System’s Jeff Carlat, Director of Project Management and Bryan Jacquot, Distinguished Technologist.


Here’s what they had to say.


What’s different about HP OneView?

Carlat: It’s important to set a little context here. HP OneView, as we announced in September, is really about infrastructure management. It’s not a replacement for our CloudSystem, in fact it will become a significant part of that going forward. It’s important to think of HP OneView in terms of lifecycle management. It will eventually consume some if not most of the traditional lifecycle management tools HP has on the market, such as our Virtual Connect Manager, Insight Control and Systems Insight Manager. We’re only at 1.0 right now. We have a rich and robust roadmap. So think of HP OneView as a platform — that’s that it really is — and that’s what it’s really about.


At HP, we’ve been working to bridge the IT gap. You could say HP OneView had its origins in that bridge. Essentially, there’s a gap between what IT has been able to deliver in terms of management of Big Data, Cloud and Mobility and what the business demands. When you consider today’s IT management gap, and the need for fundamental change, it may help to keep these projections in mind. By 2015, enterprise data centers will experience a 6x growth in data, a 3x growth in devices, and 2 times the amount of virtual machines and users. Despite this period of unprecedented growth, the size of IT infrastructure and operations teams will remain flat and maintenance windows will continue to shrink.[i]


The tools in use today were designed to manage individual devices. This leaves IT with numerous management tools run by different people within the organization. And because no two systems are alike, no two management tools are alike. There’s an abundance of different UIs, different APIs, different data models—and none of them help IT administrators work together. We’re excited about HP OneView because we believe it’s a better way to manage infrastructure.


Learn more about bridging the IT gap.


From a big picture perspective, HP OneView clearly has the potential to impact IT managers in a profound way. This single backboard can bring order to the often chaotic world of converged infrastructure management. It can also bring together departments long divided by the tasks of reporting and analysis with template-based automation for repeatable tasks and device deployments.


Learn more about HP OneView and how it can transform your management network .


About the contributors

Jeff Carlat as director of Product Management for HP Converged Systems, Jeff is responsible for leadership across the product management team to define, deliver and ramp a portfolio of converged systems and software aimed at radical simplification of IT for organizations of all sizes.  He and his team are responsible for creating and delivering unique value add systems, solutions and software spanning Cloud, Virtualization, Converged Management, Big Data, and Client Virtualization. This charter includes strong collaboration across compute, storage, networking and software.  


Bryan Jacquot

Bryan Jacquot is the Chief Technologist in the HP Converged Systems organization focused on converged infrastructure management. He has more than 15 years’ experience and holds 10 patents. In addition to his responsibilities in converged infrastructure management he was the lead user experience designer for the HP ProLiant and BladeSystem, and the lead architect responsible for the user experience and integration of a full suite of software and hardware products in the HP Infrastructure Software and BladeSystem division. He frequently gives customer presentations and briefings, and training sessions around the world including U.S., Australia, China, Spain and Italy.

[i] IDC Navigating the Big Data Landscape: Best Practices for Managing Structured and Unstructured Data, June 2013

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