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Best practices for migrating infrastructure to HP OneView

tammie_aron ‎01-14-2014 07:51 AM - edited ‎09-30-2015 07:00 AM


Guest blog by Bryan Jacquot, Chief Technologist, HP Converged Systems



HP-banner.jpg You’ve most likely heard by now how HP OneView provides a consumer-inspired, unified approach to converged infrastructure management. By enabling IT administrators to automate tasks and collaborate in a more natural manner, HP OneView helps you work much more effectively and efficiently, saving time, resources and money.


Key aspects include:

  • A visual, map-like display of all your data center resources
  •  An activity feed that provides real-time alerts about urgent data center issues and allows you to communicate and collaborate with colleagues in different areas of expertise in real-time
  • A simple dashboard that gives you health and capacity information at your fingertips
  • Template-driven workflows that eliminate the need for manual, error-producing repetitive tasks


Getting started is easy


Whether you’re planning to launch a new project or want to migrate your existing infrastructure, HP OneView makes it easy to transition your data center at a pace that works for your environment. You could time your HP OneView deployment to coincide with the expansion of your data center to accommodate growing business demand.


As an example, you could launch HP OneView in conjunction with your next HP BladeSystem C7000 enclosure with ProLiant Gen8 servers. Simply download the virtual appliance from HP, load it onto your VMware ESXi host, and start using the platform. In literally a matter of minutes, HP OneView can manage  your infrastructure: simply add an enclosure select the appropriate groups and the desired firmware baseline.


Move with confidence at your own pace


It’s also possible to gradually integrate HP OneView into your existing infrastructure. Depending on your environment, you can import servers or enclosures into HP OneView using either the graphical user interface or through the platform’s open RESTful APIs.  As you begin the transition, I suggest you consult the support matrix to ensure your hardware is supported by HP OneView.


For HP ProLiant DL servers, HP OneView provides rich management capabilities similar to and beyond those found in HP Insight Control. You simply import the DL servers into HP OneView and it provides immediate access to the iLO graphical remote console, health, inventory, thermal, and power information [1]. The HP OneView dashboard, Activity Feed, Smart Search, Map View, and 3D data center view are all directly available.  In addition, HP OneView can cleanly co-exist with HP Systems Insight Control and HP Insight Control as you transition.


To incorporate HP OneView into your existing HP BladeSystem and Virtual Connect environment, the virtualized identifiers (serial number, worldwide name, and MAC address) provided by HP Virtual Connect enable your transition without disrupting the configuration of the existing applications, network, and storage resources.  When migrating to HP OneView, the HP Virtual Connect user interface or command line can be used to collect these virtual IDs for each server profile.  Once saved, during a maintenance window an entire enclosure can be brought under management and configured by HP OneView, and the profiles re-created with the same IDs from Virtual Connect.


For larger environments, this process can be automated using the interfaces exposed by Virtual Connect and HP OneView.  Once the migration is complete, HP OneView’s rich set of capabilities for that are purpose-built for HP BladeSystems, including automatic firmware updates and templates for automating server configuration and connectivity, reducing configuration times by up to 96 percent.


At your service


HP Technology Services provides a number of ways to assist with your transition. Prior to deployment, you can consult with them to map out a strategic converged infrastructure management plan. Once you have your plan in place, they can help you build your HP OneView environment, to enable a smooth migration.


Service options include:


  • HP OneView Startup Service, which provides basic installation and configuration assistance
  • HP OneView Integration Service, which augments basic installation assistance with data migration from existing HP software tools
  • Licenses include three years of software technical support, software updates and web-based education, with the option for four-year and five-year support extensions
  • Proactive Care, which includes comprehensive, proactive hardware and software advice, and enhanced call management from technical experts
  • HP Education, which features instructor-led classes and web-based training


See for yourself how well HP OneView integrates into your data center. Download HP OneView software free for 60 days.







[1]  Some capabilities require an iLO Advanced license

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