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The Path to Composable: Boost Converged Fabric Management on HPE BladeSystem


On the path to composable: HPE OneView on HPE BladeSystem servers delivers more capabilities to help you manage converged infrastructures, while also integrating many other management tools into one suite.

The goal: Recover productivity and wasted Blog_ConvergedFabric_6_1.jpgeffort with resources to simplify your day when it comes to managing infrastructure.

Getting servers and workloads connected across an infrastructure requires intelligent networking fabrics and management which is integrated into your processes and procedures. HPE BladeSystem networking fabrics are enabled via HPE Virtual Connect technology and a portfolio of Ethernet, Fibre Channel, InfiniBand and other flexible solutions, not to mention the FlexFabric 20Gb technology and fast provisioning abilities enabling a superior experience per IT Brands’ latest survey.

With so many choices of fabrics, it’s important to also enable fast setup, configuration, management and reconfiguration—since these fabrics enable the HPE ProLiant blade servers to power workloads through the infrastructure. The traditional management tools for fabrics and communications are Virtual Connect Manager (VCM) and Virtual Connect Enterprise Manager (VCEM) for larger installations.

Stepping up fabrics to a composable experience

With the advent of new applications and burdens placed on your infrastructure, the notion of flexibility and agility to retarget workloads and hardware to better serve them is important. A composable experience helps get you there. On HPE BladeSystem, HPE OneView delivers more capabilities to help you manage converged infrastructures, while also integrating many other management tools into one suite.

How does HPE OneView 3.0 offer a simplified fabrics management experience?

The list is long, with HPE OneView offering:

  • Management application simplification and consolidation
  • End-to-end integration with servers, storage and networking
  • Fully automated storage provisioning to 3PAR integrated into profiles
  • Higher levels of automation with PowerShell scripting when compared to existing tools
  • No reliance on embedded agents
  • Open APIs making it easier to integrate with other management tools and processes in the data center
  • In-service migration and assessment tool to help with planning Virtual Connect domain migration
  • Richer profiles with not just connectivity, but also BIOS and iLO settings
  • Monitoring of power and cooling
  • OneView virtual appliance that can be installed anywhere, as opposed to legacy tools
  • OneView global dashboard to readily manage other HPE ProLiant platforms with the same user-interface and experience

HPE OneView enables a more comprehensive experience over VCM/VCEM, which you can step up to as your needs allow. And HPE OneView offers a readiness assessment tool to review your current infrastructure needs, producing a report to outline changes before you start on the path.

Now is the time to consider how much time and effort you spend on managing your fabrics to determine your next steps and redirect your efforts to other areas of growth. Learn more about the seven things you should know about HPE OneView. And watch this video to review how easy it is to migrate four Virtual Connect domains simultaneously.

The Path to Composable is HPE BladeSystem with HPE OneView.

The Path to Composable provides the flexibility and scalability needed to meet your management demands, enabling you to increase capabilities and empower new applications.

Learn more about the Path to Composable and HPE BladeSystem and OneView.

For a fully composable experience try HPE Synergy.

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20 years of marketing experience in semiconductors, networking and servers. Focused on HP BladeSystem networking supporting Virtual Connect, interconnects and network adapters.