HP is giving its management tools a shake-up with the launch of OneView, a platform for managing servers, networking and storage infrastructure all from a single console. HP claims this will make it easy to carry out key tasks and will require fewer steps than existing tools.
Due to be available in October, OneView is aimed at improving productivity for IT administrators by providing an intuitive user interface and automated intelligence to simplify common tasks when dealing with converged infrastructure, HP said.
OneView was "consumer inspired", according to HP's director for Enterprise Servers, Storage and Networking in UK and Ireland Marc Waters, meaning that its design has been heavily influenced by the growing trend to make enterprise IT products as easy to use as consumer technology.
Waters said: "It enables collaboration and communication between different areas within an IT organisation, some of the different silos that exist, to ultimately increase the efficiency of how technology is managed and deployed, but reduce the cost as well."
HP has dubbed this approach, "putting a 21st-century spin on data centre management."
OneView has taken four years to develop and involved collaboration with more than 150 of HP's biggest customers, Waters said. This enabled them to better understand the most common management tasks, and what issues can cause delays and inefficiency in carrying out those tasks.
The result is a number of consumer-inspired features, such as a graphical user interface with a top-level dashboard that provides an at-a-glance overview of the entire data centre estate, and a Smart Search tool to find information quickly.
HP said that with OneView, processes such as deployment, updating, migrating and troubleshooting are reduced from hours or days to minutes, with the firm claiming that provisioning hypervisors across 16 servers can be accomplished in just 14 minutes with the new platform.
OneView is intended to replace multiple existing HP management tools such as HP Insight Control and HP Virtual Connect Enterprise Manager, with a roadmap planned for customers to migrate from those to the new platform.
However, at launch OneView only provides management support for servers, specifically HP's BladeSystem and the firm's 7th and 8th generation ProLiant server hardware.
Fortunately, OneView is designed to be extensible, and updates to the platform will add networking and storage infrastructure support before too long, the firm said.
"We're adopting with OneView the same approach we did with Moonshot, where we launch the product and then an update comes out quickly behind it, so we're doing smaller leaps more frequently," said Bob McEwan, HP Presales manager for the UK and Ireland.
Licensing for HP OneView will start at €680 (£571) for a single licence, which will include three years of software and technical support updates.
HP is also offering additional services, including the OneView Startup Service to assist with deployment, data migration and education services.
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