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HP CloudSystem—A seamless transition to the New Style of IT

Chris Purcell

Written by Grant Byington


As enterprises take that first critical step on the path to the New Style of IT, it’s critical that they know their journey will be unique. Their path to the Cloud will look different based on workloads, performance and security requirements, not to mention their appetite for change. But the benefits of cloud computing are clear enough that the migration is a matter of when, not if. To gain a better understanding of how HP views the path to the Cloud, we asked HP expert Brad Kirby to share his insight about HP CloudSystem and how that solution can help enterprise customers on their way to Cloud adoption.  


What changes have you seen in the way enterprises transition to the Cloud? And what do you think is required of them as they transition into the New Style of IT?

Kirby: Well, the New Style of IT demands a new infrastructure approach. To understand that, I think it’s important to start with a sense of IT history. When we all first started working on the Cloud, the data center infrastructures were all distinct and separate. Servers, storage and networking were all segregated, and each team had it’s own set of tools and responsibilities. And that worked pretty well. That meant that every data center needed experts in each of those distinct areas. But what we saw was that those partitions really started to slow down the velocity of IT — particularly in a virtualized or Cloud world. Every new service or VM you deployed required a conversation between the separate teams, and that slowed things down tremendously. And that’s where we moved into this transition space of virtualization and Cloud.


Out of that, we evolved into this notion of a standard IT service that could be deployed and backed up. It could also be quantified in terms of cost and delivery. And that standard IT service could be requested through a self-service portal. There was a lot of activity in the backend to get that service ready for the production environment that wasn’t apparent to the end-user. But the end-user had the ability to select the service, get it approved and access that service very quickly. The time from request to delivery had been substantially reducedand the CIOs job changed from infrastructure architect to service delivery manager now becoming builder and broker of services. That’s when CIOs started relying on vendors to deliver solutions that were already constructed and ready to go. They no longer had time to worry about the appropriate storage platform or connectivity solutions. Enterprises were clearly wanting to move away from these “domains of expertise” within the data center, because they felt it was slowing down the velocity of IT services delivery.      


When we talk about the HP CloudSystem, we talk about real-time workload optimization. I like to associate this with Cloud Maps. The idea here is, when you provision a new IT service, you need to know the appropriate quantities of servers, storage and network connections. By accessing HP Cloud Maps, you gain insight into best practices for each of these requests. So you don’t have to start from scratch. We also talk about simplicity at any scale. I like to think, from an end-user perspective, they don’t have to worry about what resources are out there. So, if you are accessing terabytes of storage, or a relatively small resource pool, the actions of the managers are still the same.


In other words, the complexity doesn’t grow along with the scale of the system.  We also talk about unlimited, open integration. This speaks to the number of vendors we support and our commitment to OpenStack® environments.


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Chris Purcell

Converged Susyems, Composable Infrastructure, Cloud, Integrated Management and Hyperconverged Infrastructure

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