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What does rice planting have to do with datacenter management?


By Brad Kirby, Group Manager, HPE Converged Systems

For thousands of years, people have been cultivating rice. The old way of transplanting rice seedlings involved many people spending hours in a muddy field, coordinating their efforts to make sure the spacing was correct, the rows were straight and the seedlings were planted to the correct depth. It was back-breaking and time-consuming work.

In 1960 the rice transplanting machine was invented, completely transforming planting options for the industry. The new way made it possible for one or two people to more efficiently transplant rice seedlings in nice, clean rows. It provided a way to get the job done much faster, simpler and with fewer errors.

I bring up this bit of history on rice cultivation because it’s a great analogy to describe the benefits of HPE OneView. Like the old way of planting rice, the old way of managing a datacenter involves lots of people, tons of time and the possibility of plenty of human error.

The old way of datacenter management

Yesterday’s collection of legacy management tools and manual processes can’t keep pace with the IT demands bigstock-Agricultural-Work-Asian-Women-102860147.jpgof today’s datacenter. IT has long supported a business model where a set of resources is dedicated to one particular computing technology, business application or line of business and managed manually in a siloed fashion. And routine IT tasks such as provisioning, upgrading and migrating are complex, tedious and time-consuming.

In addition to maintaining the traditional IT environment, administrators are being asked to support a new breed of revenue generating applications and services that leverage mobility, big data and cloud native technologies. IT is under constant pressure to deliver applications and services faster to support new revenue streams and enhance the customer experience. Relying on manual processes and complex scripts make it nearly impossible to provision resources fast enough to speed delivery of new services that customers now expect, much less head off a potential problem or fix it in a few simple clicks.

The new way: fast, simple, cost-effective—with dramatically fewer errors

We need a new way of datacenter infrastructure management—one designed to run traditional workloads as reliably and efficiently as possible whilebigstock-Rice-planting-by-rice-transpla-119229980.jpg accelerating innovation and value creation when designing new applications. HPE calls this new way Composable Infrastructure, an IT management approach that uses fluid resource pools of compute, storage and flexible fabric defined by intelligent software and controlled by a unified API.

HPE OneView is a software-defined management platform that allows the IT team to increase visibility, automation and productivity through a single interface. A unified API within HPE OneView provides open integration with existing management tools and processes, allowing IT administrators to more effectively manage existing resources with a few simple clicks—all while accelerating new business opportunities.  Software-defined automation removes complexity, eliminates costly mistakes and streamlines operations. With greater visibility and control, IT can work smarter, reduce the risk of human error, and fully capitalize on the benefits of a composable infrastructure.

HPE OneView accelerates and simplifies the work with fewer people and errors—just like the rice transplanting machine.


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