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How efficient are your data center management tools?

Do you find yourself getting things done more quickly when you’re not in the data center? When I think about all the hoops traditional infrastructure management tools make IT jump through, I realize that data center staffers are much more efficient in their personal lives than they are at work. For example, when you shop online, the website remembers your choices and information, making subsequent orders a snap. What if you could bring that same efficiency to your infrastructure management tasks?


In today’s expanding data center, deploying a new application with traditional management software can take anywhere from weeks to months, which makes it hard to keep up with business demands. You have to rely on multiple tools that were designed to handle the needs of devices, rather than the tasks that managers want to accomplish.


You also have to configure more than one type of device, including servers, switches and storage. Admins must configure their own particular devices, usually serially, in a complicated and very inefficient manner. If you automate the process, you still have to keep separate tools up and running.


And what about human error? When you perform repetitive tasks over and over, you increase the chance of inadvertently introducing a functional problem or a security hole. If you then automate that process, you run the risk of replicating those problems or that security hole throughout your infrastructure.


Go from months to minutes to deploy applications

What if you could deploy applications as easily as you shop online? And what if you could do so from a system that unifies all your tools into a single management environment? By deploying software-defined templates, your data center could operate much more efficiently, reducing enclosure configuration costs by up to 98 percent and going from months to minutes to get new applications up and running.


Critical features would include:


  • Configuration profiles for push-button builds that instantly deliver resources without mistakes or variations
  • Workflow templates that capture best practices and policies and ensure compliance and consistency
  • Built-in intelligence to automate common BladeSystem management tasks
  • Automated firmware updates
  • The ability to keep track of any changes you make


Because you could embed your security policy within the templates, you would dramatically reduce the opportunity for human error. And because your templates would be designed by data center experts, junior staff could perform tasks that previously required the skills of senior admins.


Best practices templates automate workflows

The best practices templates of HP OneView infrastructure management software replicate the real-world workflows of data center managers, freeing you from having to perform repetitive tasks. As the data center expands to accommodate more users, devices, and data, you need a tool that lets you move quickly to respond to the needs of your business. By deploying the software-defined templates of HP OneView, you can go beyond just keeping your data center up and running and start devising new ways to meet business demands.


Experience HP OneView for yourself.







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