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Preparing for Composable Infrastructure with the New HPE: Brush up your skills on OneView 2.0


Today, HPE announced at Discover London the introduction of a major new server architecture called Synergy. Described as “composable infrastructure,” Synergy systems provide an abstraction layer so that developers gain access to manage the resources they need with a software interface. In summary, the big news is that HPE is delivering the speed and agility of cloud computing while integrating the reliability, availability and security of their traditional enterprise infrastructure.

Another way to say this? Synergy delivers your infrastructure as code.

What’s the goal? To enable IT developers to deliver new updates to the business, continuously at the speed of cloud. True agile project delivery, in short.

Last year, before I joined HP (now Hewlett Packard Enterprise), I was part of a team adopting agile development practices for the first time. The team had a cloud software delivery model, and the role of DevOps working in concert with the application development team to update software versions “in the cloud” was clear to me in a new way. Essentially, the big advantage for the customer community of the cloud model, was the ability to receive continuous updates of the software – with new features and bug fixes – without having to schedule large systems updates and disruptions within their own infrastructure in order to receive those updates.

Because of this recent experience, I can better understand and get excited about the promise of the HPE Synergy architecture. I’ve talked to many application dev teams over the years. Consistently, the biggest obstacle and challenge for these teams, is providing fast-enough release of new apps environments for their internal line-of-business teams. What has resulted? Many times, the LOB teams have outsourced their apps, taking their workload and data outside of the company in order to remain competitive. But, IT teams are left without the means to oversee the data management.

How to solve this? HPE Synergy with its promise of more agile and accelerated dev cycles, has the potential to enable IT teams to address this core challenge.

What can you do now to get ready for composable infrastructure?

As part of the architecture, the role of the HPE OneView solution is expanded: OneView is the central management interface for Composable Infrastructure including all of the compute, storage and networking resources. In HPE Education, we have recently released all of the courses for OneView 2.0 including the Administration and Delta courses:

  1. Plan to take the OneView 2.0 Administration course to learn everything that you need to know, to understand the functionality and how it will apply to composable infrastructure – this course is coming later this month
  2. Take the OneView 2.0 Delta course to learn what’s new in the 2.0 version, if you are already familiar with OneView 1.0 versions

We would, of course, also suggest brushing up on the HPE Converged Systems capabilities with our course offerings.

What about cloud?

In addition to OneView skills development, HPE Education offers multiple types of cloud education to assist and accelerate your cloud transformation projects – which you might also be planning along with Synergy projects. You can select from:

  1. Cloud OpenStack® curriculum paths supported with EXIN certification, for organizations wanting to adopt the open standard – a little known fact is that HPE offers market-leading training for cloud according to IDC, including true vendor-neutral OpenStack® curriculum
  2. HPE Helion CloudSystem curriculum paths supported with HPE certification, for organizations wanting to use the HPE framework for cloud

It’s not just technology: you also need people and processes

As new tools and architectures become available, their capabilities can only be made real for your organization when your people and processes are aligned with them. Here are some of the additional questions to ask in advance of working with Synergy systems as well as cloud projects:

  1. What skills do your IT people have today – and what do they need to have to be successful with “infrastructure as code”? 
  2. Consider asking HPE Education for a skills audit, to help you identify critical gaps as well as to develop an appropriate training plan.
  3. What processes are in place to support your IT team – from development, to test, to production release? What processes need to be in place working with Synergy and “infrastructure as code” approaches?
  4. Consider attending HPE IT Service Management (ITSM) and DevOps courses for training to help evolve your processes with applied best practices. Consider Education Consulting services to help you plan your transformation most efficiently.

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25+ years in high tech in various roles that include Consulting, Channel Mgmt, Product Mgmt and Marketing. Technology areas include storage and data management, high availability, cloud and hosting, networking, and mobility/wearable technology for enterprise, SMB , and channel business. Industries include healthcare, financial services, ISVs, Service Providers and telecos.