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Do your infrastructure management tools keep you in the loop?

If you’re like me, you have certain Facebook friends who post about every aspect of their lives, both the good and the bad. While that can get annoying in your personal life, it could be a real time saver in the data center. What would it be like if your “friends” were servers posting their problems to your wall?


We’re not talking about photos of bleary-eyed servers waking up on a beach wearing party hats. The status updates posted by your infrastructure devices would be real-time alerts about urgent issues such as failed hard drives. Such timely notice could help you quickly get the affected systems back in service, enabling you to keep critical business applications up and running. Even better, you would be able to receive those alerts on a mobile device, so you could keep tabs on your infrastructure status from any location.


“Friend” your data center team members


To uncover IT problems using traditional infrastructure management software, you have to use different tools to first diagnose and then remedy the issues. If multiple servers fail, most likely you have to enter corrections manually into each affected device, a repetitive, labor-intensive chore that introduces the possibility for human error. And to keep track of the fixes that you make, you probably have to enter data into an external tool such as email or a spreadsheet, another opportunity for human error.


Just think about how much more effective your data center team could be if you and other system admins had the option to “friend” each other’s managed devices and share their posts by granting access permissions. At a glance, everyone could see the status of the entire infrastructure. You could also track the progress of multiple tasks, such as firmware updates or enclosure deployments, enabling collaborative troubleshooting. In the same way that you can comment on your friends’ Facebook posts, you could also append notes to each device’s wall, maintaining a searchable history on the entire data center.


Eliminate the tendency to “overshare”


Nobody likes friends who “overshare” by talking too much about themselves. Today’s systems generate enormous amounts of data. Although you need to be alerted as soon as possible to IT hot spots, you don’t want to be overwhelmed with information when you investigate an incident. HP OneView infrastructure management software counters information overload with the concept of progressive disclosure, mimicking consumer applications like Facebook to give you only the data you need, as you need it.


When you receive an alert via the HP OneView activity feed, you see a simple overview of each affected resource. A single click can then take you to a scrolling page of the entire data set for a selected resource, with the scroll position set to the panel of interest.


HP OneView innovations such as the activity feed and progressive disclosure help IT teams work in a natural, collaborative manner, making them more effective and productive. Wouldn’t you like to be able to “friend” your data center devices?



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Jack Jones | ‎10-18-2013 12:02 AM

Activity Feeds are an amazing enabler for collaboration. And the abiity to "friend" or "follow" not just people but also the business objects that we have interest in or responsibility for provides even more power. At Collabinate, we build tools to enable this exact functionality in any application, similar to what HP OneView has done for IT management. It's good to see people using this type of technology to be more efficient, and gain the positive effects of collaboration where none existed before.

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