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Demartek Demonstrates the Value of HP OneView over Cisco UCS Manager

‎07-30-2014 08:28 AM - edited ‎09-30-2015 07:05 AM

HP recently commissioned Demartek to compare HP OneView and Cisco UCS Manager with respect to deploying and maintaining blade server platforms. Demartek found that for Day 1 tasks, such as initial server deployment, HP and Cisco were comparable—however the HP solution required less time. Nevertheless these tasks only constitute the first few minutes of the projected 3-4 year life of a server. The areas where HP OneView really out performed were in the maintenance tasks that IT admins deal with each and every day over the life of the server. Break fix tasks as well as change management tasks are where HP OneView provides true and lasting value for new revenue producing services as well as service availability and as a result becomes the true solution differentiator.


Demartek had experience with Cisco UCS Manager for previous projects but this was their first experience with HP OneView. We were pleased with their findings after using HP OneView in a number of use cases:


“… we found that for daily maintenance tasks performed frequently over the useful life of the hardware, HP OneView took considerably fewer numbers of steps and significantly less time than Cisco UCS Manager in equivalent blade server environments. This focus on improving the ability of support personnel to effectively and efficiently manage daily maintenance activities has significant business benefits for improved customer satisfaction, increased revenue opportunities due to enhanced reliability, and the ability of staff to support new profitable services rather than maintenance tasks.

We believe that functions used in daily operations over months and years of use have the most impact on administrator activities and therefore are more important than those that happen only on the first day during an installation. For these daily operations, HP OneView makes many of the management tasks easier to complete than the equivalent tasks with Cisco UCS Manager.”

Source: Demartek Evaluation of HP OneView Management Software, July 2014.


Access the Demartek test report here.

Optimized for collaboration, productivity, and reliability, the HP OneView is designed to provide simple, single-pane-of-glass lifecycle management for the complex aspects of enterprise IT—servers, networking, software, power and cooling, and storage. HP OneView is purpose-built to manage your converged infrastructure and support key scenarios such as deploying bare-metal servers, deploying hypervisor clusters from bare metal, performing ongoing hardware maintenance, and responding to alerts and outages. It is designed for the physical infrastructure needed to support virtualization, cloud computing, big data, and mixed computing environments.


HP OneView automates the delivery and operations of IT services, transforming everyday management of server, storage and network resources in physical and virtual environments. HP OneView brings a software-defined approach to converged management that shifts the focus from ‘devices’ to ‘how people work’. HP OneView is an intelligent automation hub that provides out-of-the-box integration with HP, VMware, Microsoft, Red Hat solutions and easy integration with many other management products.


Get more information and free 60-day trial of HP OneView here.


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