HP Tech Day was a great success. The discussions and presentations centered around HP’s converged systems. Probably the presentations that received the most attention and interaction was around HP OneView and VDI. The beginning of the day started well and included presentations about the benefits of converged systems and then a future planning of the use for converged systems.
HP OneView is becoming the standard provisioning and management package for HP’s end-to-end solutions in the datacenter. From networks to servers to storage, OneView allows you to monitor and enjoy simplified operations.
Many of the same questions around the table continue to be asked. Will OneView ever support systems prior to Gen7, and will OneView support non-HP products? As far as the supported servers go, HP claims that work continues to build support for prior generation servers, specifically Gen7 servers. How far back they go, really comes down to a business decision. Of course, I have significant doubts of 3rd party support. The largest reason being that HP already has a full end-to-end enterprise portfolio. While I believe they can benefit significantly to doing other vendor support, they only have a finite amount of programmers, and they will stay busy keeping up on HP’s current systems.
During the discussion, it was announced that OneView will be splitting into two licenses: Standard and Advanced at the end of this year. The standard license will be free and fulfill the need for basic operations and monitoring similar to what HP SIM does. Although it does what SIM can do, it was also discussed that SIM is not going away. However, being that SIM is not very intuitive and has it’s issues, I’m not really sure why you would keep it, if you can have OneView. Of course, this is all speculation until we see what OneView Standard will really have.
The entire discussion centered around the provisioning piece of OneView. It seems all the marketing and press seem to focus around this one area. However, little has been done to show the monitoring and fault systems of OneView. Provisioning new systems and re-configuring older systems is important and does save time. But, more time is spent on the day-to-day operations and maintenance rather than configs. Maybe it’s because I have an interest in management systems, but I feel event and fault management is equally, if not more important than configuration.
HP OneView Training?
One of the drawbacks, in my opinion, is the lack of learning resources for OneView. It’s an advanced system, but there has not been any training classes, as of yet, for professionals to attend. This is where HP ExpertOne could really take the reigns and start building classes and publishing resources. Without resources, then customers are limited to the knowledge of the initial install.
Releasing products that include training packages is a hard balance to find. Release the products too early, and very little resources will be available. Release the product too late and competition could get the edge. As of right now, HP uses their partners and professional services team to help with the knowledge transfer. In order to move forward, professionals need foundational training.
[alert type="warning"]Update 10/21/2014: I’ve been told that the information regarding lack of training for HP OneView has been incorrect.
You can find the HP OneView Administration course objectives here: HP OneView Administration (H4C04S). This is a 3-day course covering 10 modules and 12 labs.
The future of HP OneView is very bright. Provided the training resources can get released, the usefulness of the product is high. The system is very extensible. Every operation of OneView is a callable RESTful procedure. This means it can be integrated into your existing processes and infrastructure, like Citrix. OneView tries to sit between your public-facing systems and the infrastructure needs.
While I’m not seeing the “orchestration” piece in the product yet, I can see how OneView can be a huge win in your automation visions. Not sure what the difference is? I wrote about that here. Now that OneView has integration plugins for both Microsoft SCOM and vCenter, it would be easy to manage your infrastructure from inside already known systems.
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