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HPE Cloud Optimizer 3.0: Set your feet firmly in the cloud

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3c10621 (1).jpgGuest post by Harmeet Singh, HPE Engineer

According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Netflix has shut down its remaining datacenters and will soon run completely from a public cloud. It’s possible for Netflix to do this because of the nature of its business and its business model. However, for most companies, their data is their “keys to the kingdom.” A hybrid IT infrastructure model can preserve your “keys” while retaining the capability to leverage computing power from the public cloud to run applications that rely on this data. 

And from a financial point of view, most of the expenditure in hybrid IT infrastructure is considered as capital expense—as opposed to pure operating expense in the case of a public cloud, which affects EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization), a key Wall Street metric.

Hybrid IT infrastructure has many other merits and hybrid IT workloads are ever-increasing. For instance, by applying HPE’s hybrid IT infrastructure, 20th Century Fox was able to increase its networking capacity by 433% while simultaneously reducing power consumption by 88%. In order to monitor, manage and plan for this growing workload in your hybrid IT infrastructure, you need a state-of-the-art solution.

HPE Cloud Optimizer 3.0 (formerly Virtualization Performance Viewer/vPV) is one such solution which has changed and evolved drastically in the last few years. Cloud Optimizer is the first release of the solution after Hewlett Packard split into Hewlett Packard Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) in late 2015.cloud1.JPG

The solution has evolved from being a practitioner's favorite tool in virtualized IT environments to locate performance bottlenecks to a much more feature-rich solution. Cloud Optimizer can not only monitor multiple virtualization and cloud environments, but also do “what-if” analysis and placement optimization using big data analytics for new and existing workloads. It also helps optimize your existing private/hybrid IT infrastructure utilization and improves workload performance at the same time. So the solution’s new name, Cloud Optimizer, much better highlights it newer capabilities and benefits.

HPE Cloud Optimizer has various robust integrations with other HPE solutions like HPE Cloud Service Automation (HPE CSA), HPE OneView and HPE Operations Manager i (HPE OMi) with which you can unlock the value of these existing solutions in your environment. Some of the capabilities discussed below are the key differentiators for Cloud Optimizer 3.0.

cloud2.jpgA complete picture of your hybrid IT and private cloud. Integration with HPE OneView enables you to look at the hardware you workload is running on. Unified Enclosure View helps you conduct transparent analysis of outages and maintenance activity. Using Business Metric Analysis, you can find out if you’re adequately cushioned for seasonal spikes in your business. With the help of HPE OMi management pack for HPE Cloud Optimizer, you can forward topology and alerts so you can monitor the virtualized environment from HPE OMi.

 

Expert recommendations for placement. Cloud Optimizer has the ability to analyze and find the capacity and performance in your infrastructure for new workloads by capturing real-time utilization details and significant breadth of utilization metrics.

cloud4.jpgHeterogeneous support. Cloud Optimizer supports various virtualization and cloud platforms like VMware, Hyper-V, KVM, Xen, OpenStack, AWS and HPE Helion. There’s no other solution in the market that can boast of supporting this breadth of environments. This support of heterogeneity allows you to choose between any number of virtualization and cloud platforms purely based on merit and your requirements.cloud5.jpg

RESTful API support. Cloud Optimizer’s open interfaces enables you to integrate the product with any of your solutions or mashup applications looking to use its capabilities via its RESTful API. These APIs also help you design automated actions based on its information outcome.

For more information on HPE Cloud Optimizer 3.0, visit the home page here. You can also try Cloud Optimizer for yourself.

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