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Who says you can’t turn back the clock? DevOps find more time with Ansible and HPE OneView



Farah.jpgBy Farah Syed, HPE Software Defined and Cloud Group - Marketing

With the advent of Daylight Saving Time, many of us spring clocks forward during the summer months to utilize the daylight hours. Then during the winter, we fall back to the regular schedule. I prefer the fall back scenario, as it gives me an extra hour that day to get more things done. Too bad I can’t just turn back the clock on a regular basis whenever I need more time for any given project.

Maybe the key to turning back the clock is right in front of me – through automation. By reducing the need for human intervention, in essence I gain time to do other things. In the data center world, automation is huge – freeing DevOps from mundane operational tasks and giving them more time to focus on higher priority projects.

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For example, most data centers must employ several independent teams of people using a variety of tools to set up and maintain their bare metal infrastructure. These steps include updating firmware and drivers, configuring BIOS settings, installing an OS, and implementing a smart array, network connectivity, SAN zoning, and storage arrays. Because so many people and tools are needed, the infrastructure provisioning process has become inefficient, taking days or even weeks to stand up a new server.

HPE simplifies this process with composable infrastructure. Using software-defined templates native in HPE OneView, IT can now run a single line of code that provides instruction of what infrastructure is needed to run the application. This eliminates time-consuming coordination across servers, storage, and networking. Customers can use this toolset directly, or they can use pre-built integrations created by an HPE integration partner.

HPE and Ansible – Integration Partners in Automation

One such partner is Ansible, an open source community project by Red Hat. Ansible provides solutions to help developers improve the automation of their applications. It simplifies application deployments, automates cloud provisioning, 2.pngand configures management and other IT needs using a simple language (YAML, in the form of Ansible Playbooks) that allows developers to describe automation needs in plain English.

Ansible Playbooks assume that servers are ready and waiting to land the application stack with the hardware configured and the OS installed. Remember the teams of people and the variety of tools that were needed to provision the infrastructure? In the past, this part of the process has traditionally been a bottleneck.

With the HPE integration, Ansible can use the software-defined templates from HPE OneView to automatically provision an entire stack from HPE bare metal through the application in minutes. A single line of code fully describes and can provision the infrastructure required for an application, eliminating time-consuming scripting of more than 500 calls to low-level tools and interfaces.

And even more importantly, the integration can help keep your environment up to date. By combining Ansible automation with HPE OneView’s ability to stage, schedule, and install firmware updates, entire stacks can be updated with no downtime – from infrastructure to application.

Constant Ansible Updates: HPE Ensures Smooth Integrations

HPE is constantly working with Ansible to ensure current integrations run smoothly with Ansible’s Enterprise Class family of Orchestration and Management tools. The HPE OneView and Ansible integration enables provisioning on any infrastructure supported by HPE OneView, including HPE BladeSystem, HPE ProLiant servers, HPE 3PAR Storage, as well as the HPE Synergy platform.

Using Ansible, you can keep your IT infrastructure up-to-date without down time by automating HPE OneView’s ability to stage, schedule, and install updates. With HPE and Ansible, automation is increased, so you can spend time on more important things – working on innovative, new projects or maybe even leaving work on time! 

To learn more about HPE OneView integration and other ISV partners, visit HPE’s new Composable Infrastructure Developer Hub page. You can also get the code for the Ansible Modules and Sample Playbooks for HPE OneView.

Don’t forget to join HPE (along with 5,000+ open source experts and enthusiasts!) for the Red Hat Summit 2017 going on May 2nd through 4th in Boston. HPE is participating as a platinum sponsor and will be showing open source solutions in conjunction with Red Hat.


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