IT Operations Management (ITOM)

Achieving a data center overhaul with HPE Data Center Automation

Achieving a data center overhaul with HPE Data Center Automation


A large insurance company took action when a growing IT environment needed to undergo a transformation. The IT team had to provide an infrastructure to support the massive amount of data being transmitted by customers and employees.

What is the typical catalyst for a company to begin the transformation to a hybrid IT infrastructure? For this mutual insurance company, it was the rate of new servers provisioned from 2001 to 2016, which grew from 50 to 2,600 while server engineers only grew by 1! The growth experienced in those 15 years required extremely smart and efficient task execution and delegation to the entire team.

They needed tools and solutions to manage more servers with fewer people; as well as undertaking a project to increase network security. This required a total of 1,500 servers to be completely stripped and rebuilt within one year and new IP addresses assigned to 2,400 other servers.


HPE Operations Orchestrations and HPE Server Automation software were the perfect fit for the company’s project. Implementation of these software resulted in cutting time to delivery for server provisioning from thirty days to five. The network infrastructure project was completed in fourteen months, rebuilding 1,500 servers and automating other processes such as adding processors, memory and disks, and server compliance reporting. The team in charge also created automation for decommissioning physical and virtual servers, incident alerts management and deployment of software packages.


The insurance company was able to save time in over 40,000 people hours in less than 3 years, equivalent to a return on investment of $3 million USD, with the use of HPE Software. This project acted as a stepping stone for automating a variety of other tasks and creating advocates for automation solutions and growing outwards to reach more teams within the company. The engineers now have more time to dedicate to other projects and only act as second or third tier triage teams.

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About the Author


Nimish Shelat is currently focused on Datacenter Automation and IT Process Automation solutions. Shelat strives to help customers, traditional IT and Cloud based IT, transform to Service Centric model. The scope of these solutions spans across server, network, database and middleware infrastructure. The solutions are optimized for tasks like provisioning, patching, compliance, remediation and processes like Self-healing Incidence Remediation and Rapid Service Fulfilment, Change Management and Disaster Recovery. Shelat has 23 years of experience in IT, 20 of these have been at HP spanning across networking, printing , storage and enterprise software businesses. Prior to his current role as a Manager of Product Marketing and Technical Marketing, Shelat has held positions as Software Sales Specialist, Product Manager, Business Strategist, Project Manager and Programmer Analyst. Shelat has a B.S in Computer Science. He has earned his MBA from University of California, Davis with a focus on Marketing and Finance.



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