LAS VEGAS: HPE has announced version 3.0 of its OneView converged infrastructure management software.
New additions include a global dashboard, integration of HPE Intelligent Management Centre for simplified end-to-end management of network switches, and integration with HPE Helion CloudSystem 10 for better control of physical servers or virtualisation clusters from one console.
Ric Lewis, SVP and general manager of converged data centre infrastructure at HPE, explained during a press conference at HPE's Discover 2016 conference in Las Vegas how OneView had started off as server infrastructure management software but had now grown for all software.
"[We] made it work on enabling all kinds of software to talk to the APIs. The latest and greatest isn't just available on Synergy [the company's foray into 'composable infrastructure' for data centres], it's also available on blade systems," he said.
OneView 3.0 also includes deployability of server infrastructure optimised for specific workloads, such as HPE ProLiant DL platforms, and supports migrating from virtual connect environments to HPE OneView four times faster and with zero downtime or service disruption, according to HPE.
A more robust partner ecosystem is also promised for other data centre management software such as SaltStack, Suse, Eaton and nLyte.
HPE OneView 3.0 will be available in the third quarter.
Paul Miller, HPE's VP of marketing for converged data centre infrastructure, told V3 that he sees composable infrastructure as a "full family of offerings" and already ahead of its rivals.
"Synergy is first - we're making that fully composable. Cisco launched the M-Series - they're all over the place. We have a prescriptive target we're moving on. We have dozens in the ecosystem. We publish the integrations on our site, but most [come from] from GitHub and other open source areas," he said.
Miller admitted that many CIOs still "don't really understand" composable, but that "when you talk about the costs and the ability to have it under financial control without lines of business swiping their credit cards, they like that control. You're only paying for what you need. They also tend to say: ‘It's infrastructure as code and I want it!'"
Lewis explained how nobody had heard of composable a year ago when HPE announced this "bold vision".
"Any SLA on any workload. When we announced this we talked about a change where IT leaders were responding to people in their operations who wanted to deploy quickly and not worry about infrastructure, and they said they'd rather do it in-house with data on-premise," he said.
"So we figured if could get the data to flex naturally, we could have a cloud-like experience in the data centre."
HPE CEO Meg Whitman said in her keynote this afternoon that digital transformation is transforming IT, digital operations and models for many organisations, citing the model HPE has built as helping to "transform and create better business outcomes [and] fuel the economy".
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