Multi-cloud management is becoming a daunting process for many businesses, including telecommunications service providers. Today, many businesses manage private clouds, public clouds, and various on-premises infrastructure. Each platform often comes with its own management interface, making it difficult to get a consolidated picture of your utilization and costs across different stakeholders and groups.
HPE OneSphere provides a view into simplified multi-cloud management. This software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution allows developers, IT ops managers, and line-of-business managers to speed their workflow along.
How does HPE OneSphere provide insights into these three very different roles that each have their own unique requirements? It features a portal that offers role-based workspaces.
Developers often waste weeks and even months waiting on IT to respond to service tickets. This long wait allowed for the rise of shadow IT. With HPE OneSphere, developers can now use self-service features to compose multi-cloud environments and apps on demand. Spinning up workspaces can be accomplished in hours rather than weeks, speeding deployment time dramatically.
IT ops teams spend much of their time in reactive mode, trying to respond to one business demand after another. HPE OneSphere offers an ops model that streamlines this team's productivity and keeps staff focused on strategic tasks instead of putting out fires.
Without a single management platform, line-of-business managers have little insight into their utilization or spend. HPE OneSphere provides near-real-time insight into both, preventing month-end billing surprises. With this knowledge, business units can optimize app deployment without blowing a hole in their budget.
Speed and utilization: How HPE OneSphere differs from other solutions
Developers and business units can't wait weeks or months for resource allocation. HPE OneSphere creates an IT-sanctioned environment that makes self-service provisioning a reality using service catalogs. It also allows the import of preexisting OS or app images hosted on private or public clouds. And, because it gives teams the ability to create self-contained project workspaces, they can control access to cloud services and compute resources. This creates a logical boundary where development teams can operate and manage within. IT teams can manage user permissions by grouping them under a project with curated tools, templates, and resources.
HPE OneSphere also provides greater control of spending and utilization. Cost analytics can track, categorize, and report on spending across multiple clouds. Users can view month-to-date and prior-month costs and use data. You can also show costs by project, cloud, or line of business. Right now, HPE OneSphere can integrate with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and pull in the actual billings from Amazon. You can profile all of your costs that have been defined with an internal private cloud and then integrate that data with your utilization metrics. With private cloud, you can define your own fixed-cost model, which you can then use for internal charge back.
More capabilities on the horizon
Currently, HPE OneSphere enables organizations to have a range of cloud resources spanning across Amazon Web Services (AWS), with support for Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud coming soon. HPE OneSphere offers support for cloud platforms from VMware and Kubernetes, and there are plans for OpenStack and Microsoft Azure Stack support. HPE also plans to work with Cloud 28+, an open worldwide community dedicated to creating trusted cloud services and apps.
Also reaffirming the benefits of a hybrid IT approach to the cloud isHPE ProLiant for Microsoft Azure Stack. The objectives are to deliver Microsoft Azure services as a private cloud in your data center, which allows for workload portability. This approach offers a common developer experience for deploying apps in Microsoft Azure public and on-premises platforms. The HPE ProLiant for Microsoft Azure Stack solution also provides the improved options for businesses facing data sovereignty, security, and regulatory issues.
The world is powered in the cloud and at the intelligent edge, where everything connects and everything computes. The telco networks that can drive its own digital transformation and innovate and collaborate at warp speed will be the one that gains the competitive advantage.
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View a demo of HPE OneSphere now or see the technology first hand atDiscover Las Vegas 2018from June 19-21 to learn how this multi-cloud management platform allows you to deploy, operate, and optimize your hybrid IT environment.