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HP and VMware Delivering the Benefits of the Software-Defined Data Center

celialawren on ‎06-10-2014 03:00 PM

By Steeve Daigle, Product Marketing, HP Converged Systems


The Power of Converged Management


HP OneView is focused on making you more productive. It is a converged management platform that was designed to make daily IT operations activities much faster and easier. As IDC noted in a recent report on HP OneView,

"This people-centric approach to unifying and automating the full spectrum of HP systems administration capabilities delivers significant productivity benefits across IT admin. teams while improving business agility."1


This platform unifies processes, UI, and APIs across server, storage and networking. It includes software-defined process templates for “get it right” repeatability every time. HP OneView provides an automation hub that consists of a message bus and REST API. The automation hub allows existing tools like VMware vCenter and VMware Operations Management Suite (vCOPS), as well as other HP, partner and third party tools to connect to the automation hub and leverage the capabilities. The goal is to streamline operations and increase automation, so IT-as-a-Service can be delivered far more efficiently.


When you integrate HP OneView with an operations management tool, such as VMware vCenter Operations Manager, it provides a whole range of new benefits. The enhanced integration with vCenter Ops Manager builds on the integration of HP OneView with vCenter that HP announced in February. (You can read more about it in this blog post.) The integrated approach to performance, capacity and configuration management in VMware vCenter Operations Manager is combined with the infrastructure lifecycle management and automation in HP OneView. VMware vCOPS also includes analytics and policy-based automation, so the two combined provide a much higher level of software-defined infrastructure management than has been available in the past.


How They Work Together


Let’s say you manage day-to day operations for infrastructure in locations throughout the world. There’s a bottleneck in your BladeSystem/Virtual Connect networking that’s impacting performance on the associated virtual machines and the related applications. Here’s what that looks like conceptually with the HP OneView and VMware vCenter Operations integration.


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Conceptual overview of the relationship between HP OneView and VMware vCenter Operations Manager



Let’s Look Under the Hood


HP OneView continuously monitors all the physical systems in the converged infrastructure and knows when there are any changes. It maps all of the connections and understands all the associations, both logical and physical, between the server, storage and network resources. It serves as a publisher and sends a message on the message bus when something new occurs. (It is a state change message bus based on Pivotal RabbitMQ, formerly VMware vFabricMQ.) The messages are based on the Advanced Message Queuing Protocol (AMQP). VMware vCenter Operations Manager is integrated with HP OneView via a plug-in to the Representational State Transfer (REST) API. The plug-in is called HP OneView for VMware vCenter. (It was formerly called Insight Control for VMware vCenter Server.)


HP OneView for VMware vCenter seamlessly integrates the manageability features of HP ProLiant, BladeSystem, ConvergedSystem, Virtual Connect and Storage with VMware solutions, so you gain deep control of the physical and virtualized HP Converged Infrastructure environment. VMware vCenter Operations Manager is a consumer of the messages from OneView that provides health, inventory, and configuration monitoring. You can combine physical and virtual views of your virtualized infrastructure, within the VMware vCenter. An alert is generated when certain conditions are exceeded, and it appears on the vCenter Ops Manager console.


Converge and Simplify


Now you can manage all of the real and virtualized server, storage and networking resources from your familiar VMware tools. In addition to monitoring health and performance, VMware vCenter Operations Manager also monitors efficiency. You can identify capacity shortfalls and over-provisioning, so you can right-size virtual machines, reclaim idle resources and increase consolidation ratios. HP OneView allows you to provision server and storage and manage the infrastructure lifecycle more efficiently. For example, if you’re a virtualization administrator, you don’t have to understand the storage tools, because HP OneView uses templates and automates the provisioning and management behind the scenes. It provides a 50% reduction in the tools to learn, manage, deploy and integrate,2 so you can consolidate and simplify your current operations.


This is an introduction to some of the benefits of this powerful integration between HP OneView and VMware vCenter Operations Manager. Our strategic partnership with VMware is dedicated to delivering greater customer value and helping you achieve your vision of IT as a Service and the SDDC. I’ll explain more of the benefits in a blog post next week.


If you’d like more additonal information on this topic, please check the following links:





  1. “HPOneView Expected to Play Critical Role in Differentiating HP ConvergedSystems Sharks”, (IDC Link, March 31, 2014)
  2. Based on HP internal analysis in May, 2014 comparing HP OneView 1.10 vs. the traditional approach to server and storage management.


Learn more by viewing the HP OneView 1.10: Provisioning HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage video. And, if you’re attending HP Discover this week, stop by and watch the HP OneView demo at the Living Lab or take the HP OneView Challenge at the OneView Interactive Wall in the Discover Zone. See you here!




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