Custom Functions for HP IMC

One of the best features of HP's Intelligent Management Center is not that it's modular and can do so many different things.  It's not that it's scalable, and can handle tens of thousands of managed devices.  It's not even it's alarming and event system.  No, the best feature of HP's IMC, is that you can do things that it wasn't programmed to do. Take this use case for example.  As a network administrator, you are constantly being blamed for poor access into the network.  After drinking 3 cups of coffee and reviewing everything at your desk, you see nothing wrong. ...
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HP Intelligent Management Center – Service Health Management

20 or 30 of us walk into the next HP Discover 2012 break-out session titled “Understanding Service Health Management in iMC”. Les Stuart begins the presentation with the overview of SHM. Chris Young, Solutions Architect for HP walks to the front and asks a single question, “How healthy is your network?”. Now, as you can imagine, most didn’t know how to answer it, and after waiting about 15 seconds of mumbling and crazed looks, people began giving different answers. That’s to be expected, since everyone determines that differently, depending on your responsibilities. The Server guys think t...
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HP iMC iPhone app

Well, everyone keeps talking about it.  It's on the web site, and in the documentation.  A mobile app for HP's iMC?  View alarms and device details?  Sign me up.  But, just EXACTLY where is it?? Some HP Solution Architects (Thanks Kurt Weil and @netmanchris) pointed me to the following link:  http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/imc-manager-client/id488031041?mt=8 So, I installed it and started looking around.  This is a needed app, as many techs and engineers are usually up and around.  Either in server rooms, wiring closets, or meetings.  Wouldn't...
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OpenFlow Overview and Videos

OpenFlow has really gotten the buzz over the last 12-18 months. More and more companies and customers are not only getting bit by the bug, but they are loving it. For me, I am VERY interested in it. On the up-side, you can do unique things with the network, that has never been done before...Solving challenges that used to be botchy hacks and tweaks to current protocol configurations.  Perhaps the disadvantage is, it can create un-necessary complexity if not carefully thought out. It captures my 3 most greatest passions: Networking: Routing, switching, load-balancing… Everything t...
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