Written by Brian Toungette
In today's world, infrastructure managers must figure out how to do more with less. When your staff spends 70% of their time just supporting the infrastructure, it doesn't leave a lot of time to support projects and business initiatives. The common modular infrastructure that makes up HP's Converged Infrastructure architecture provides you with the tools you need to allow your staff to become more strategic and less tactical.
The benefits of a common modular infrastructure are numerous: Faster time to deployment, flexible and modular infrastructure that minimizes SKU’s, lower server costs, reduced number of LAN and SAN ports required, and significantly lower support and management costs.
HP's common modular infrastructure starts with HP BladeSystem. Add a c7000 blade chassis, insert HP VirtualConnect interconnect modules, and start populating the chassis with HP Proliant or Integrity blade servers. You now have a foundation for a highly expandable and easily manageable modular infrastructure. We aren't done yet, however. The next step is a big part of making your infrastructure work for you: Common Management.
HP's Insight Dynamics not only adds a common management platform to your environment, it brings lifecycle management to the infrastructure. A common complaint in the business world is that it takes too long to stand up new environments. Insight Dynamics changes the way you look at your infrastructure. Rather than look at each project like a server or a storage device you must purchase and provision, you use Insight Dynamics to create resource pools. Now you can provision when needed, and with a high degree of automation.
For example, the business needs a new application. You have already pre-provisioned your resource pools and published your desired infrastructure templates. Users can select from this catalog of templates, and the request is routed through a configurable approval process. Once approved, the infrastructure will be automatically provisioned from the appropriate pool of available resources. A process that would normally take days can now be completed in hours, and with less individual involvement.
The following video is a good example of using Insight Dynamics to rapidly create and deploy test and development environments.