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Improved speed and agility for VMware vCenter helps simplify IT

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Doug_deWerd_square.jpgBy guest blogger, Doug Dewerd, Product Marketing - HPE OneView Partner Integrations

Cloud computing and virtual environments are pushing IT administrators to work faster, smarter, and improve their overall productivity. Faced with an ever increasing demand for fast, flexible, and secure IT environments, they are required to rapidly respond to constantly changing business requirements.

An increasing number of tools are available to IT administrators to help them achieve speed and security. But these tools can introduce additional complexity and risk that can lead to a lack of consistency and limited visibility into overall IT infrastructure health and operations. As admins perform key tasks that support the businesses, increased complexity ends up reducing their speed and agility, and can lead to unplanned downtime.

But what if we had a tool that could drive flexibility, speed and security without adding unnecessary complexity?

HPE OneView for VMware vCenter is part of the management software for HPE Composable Infrastructure, bringing physical server, networking and storage management into the VMware vCenter management suite. This powerful integration enables bigstock--158371382.jpgVMware administrators to monitor and manage HPE Synergy seamlessly from within the familiar vCenter management console using a single application plugin. Rather than view physical and virtual infrastructure as two distinct entities, HPE OneView for VMware vCenter delivers the capability to manage both environments as one.

HPE OneView for VMware vCenter 8.2 adds several new capabilities to help VMware administrators deploy infrastructure faster, simplify lifecycle operations, and increase their overall productivity, including support for VMware vSphere 6.5.

In a virtualized environment, one of the big challenges is how to quickly and easily expand compute capacity. Adding additional nodes to a cluster can be a time consuming and error prone process. Storage and network connections can be complex, and can be difficult to get a concise view of how the physical and virtual elements are linked. Recreating them on new hosts in a consistent manner amplifies the opportunity for configuration mismatches and causes time consuming troubleshooting.

The grow cluster feature allows administrators to create and expand compute and storage resources to support virtualized environments. With just a few simple steps, an ESX cluster can be expanded directly from within the vCenter interface. Two new enhancements make this even more powerful. First, the grow cluster process can now use HPE OneView server profile templates, which define the server configuration, connectivity, and storage requirements for the new servers. This process leverages the HPE OneView automation engine to ensure that new cluster nodes have the identical configuration, reducing the risk for configuration mismatches.

The grow cluster feature can also use HPE Synergy Image Streamer as the back-end engine for provisioning the operating system. A repository of bootable images can be streamed across multiple compute modules in a matter of seconds. This unique capability enables HPE Synergy to instantly provision operating environments on stateless infrastructure – all from within the vCenter client console.

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Another key pain point for VMware administrators is performing server firmware updates. Many interrelated tasks must be done in a precise order – putting hosts in maintenance mode, migrating virtual machines, performing the firmware updates, and then bringing everything back online again. This has to be done for each cluster host.  If the process gets interrupted before completion, it is difficult to pick up at the right spot to continue. These partial updates result in mismatched configurations and can even lead to unplanned downtime.

HPE OneView for VMware vCenter can now facilitate non-disruptive rolling firmware updates using the HPE OneView automation engine. The administrator updates the HPE OneView server profile template firmware baseline for the cluster nodes, which is then detected by the plugin in the vCenter console. A single click to apply the recommended actions launches the rolling update (see below), where VMs are live migrated off the host, which is then put into maintenance mode. HPE OneView seamlessly applies the firmware updates and brings the server back online, ready to host VMs again. This automated process continues for all hosts in the cluster, resulting in a fully consistent upgrade, all with no disruption to the VMs and services running on the cluster.

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As cloud computing drives IT admins to work faster and smarter, HPE OneView for VMware vCenter provides IT administrators with a single integrated tool for managing their HPE infrastructure from within the vCenter client. By leveraging HPE OneView for simplified cluster expansion and consistent and reliable firmware updates, admins can ensure their VMware environments are optimally configured and managed. Essentially, HPE OneView is delivering the speed, flexibility and security admins need without adding any additional complexity to the mix.

To learn more about monitoring and managing a composable or converged infrastructure with HPE OneView for VMware vCenter, click here.

Doug

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