IT Operations Management (ITOM)

Designing and managing cloud services at HP Discover

Designing and managing cloud services at HP Discover


There was a lot of buzz this week at HP Discover Barcelona about HP Cloud Service Automation (CSA), following our recent post on service designing with CSA.  As part of CSA’s ongoing efforts to remain open, heterogeneous extensible, one of the biggest updates is CSA’s full support for HP Helion OpenStack via native OpenStack APIs. HP Helion OpenStack is HP’s commitment to OpenStack, offering an open source foundation with a common architecture for cloud native applications.   

HPD_1.pngDesign and orchestrate full stack services

In support of that integration, Cloud Service Automation makes use of sequential-based designs for provisioning HP Helion OpenStack services. CSA service designs are the “recipes” for creating service offerings. They describe subscription options, provider resources and the processes that realize the requests, translating manual IT processes into automatic and repeatable processes. This CSA sequential design model readily simplifies the creation of cloud service designs, so you can deploy cloud service offerings to end-users more quickly. Sequential designs offers IT organizations total control over defining a hierarchy of components—servers, network elements, and applications—and the actions that are used throughout the lifecycle of a service.



HPD_2.pngEnabling service application portability

This Sequential model complements the Topology-based approach, to carefully streamline design options. It relieves the developer of detailed automation tasks with defined lifecycle execution. Service designers can now simply focus on declaring the components used, without having to specify resource implementation information required to create the service.


This intuitive approach lets designers configure at the component level, but also facilitates faster design of service, with easier customization and simpler maintenance. You can now enjoy topology service design’s new component management experience, and the additional functionality of associating capabilities with components. Which includes specifying declared characteristics for components. To learn more about how CSA provision and manage full stack services, download this technical whitepaper.  


Single IT service control point

Following to CSA’s resource extensibility to support HP Helion OpenStack, another area of improvement is for service consumers.  Users now have the modification capability to activate service subscriptions, specifically topology-based design subscriptions. This is an extension of CSA’s continuing efforts to offer a single pane experience, by providing a complete management toolset across both traditional IT, private and public cloud. Lowering management complexity and operational costs for IT.


This improvement compliments another service control point feature— a built-in resource provider placement policy that automatically selects the resource provider with the most available resources. It runs alongside resource accounting that is automatically made by CSA prior to deployment. A feature improvement that bears testimony to how CSA continues to provide an open, heterogeneous extensible platform for IT organizations, by offering flexibility and choice.


Transform your IT service delivery today!

CSA continues to break new grounds. Another improvement announced and shown at HP Discover Barcelona is CSA’s integration with HP Codar. A plug-in that exposes powerful dev-ops capabilities on top of the CSA platform. Customers simply design once through CSA, and now with the agility to manage the application lifecycle with HP Codar for application release management, to publish it to CSA’s modern marketplace portal for service consumption for quick time-to-value. With this seamless upgrade for application release management capabilities through HP Codar, customers can now expect consistent application deployment all the way from development to the hybrid cloud. You can learn more about HP Codar at .



Learn more

In the next blog post, I will take a closer look at how CSA can transform IT service delivery with improved performance OOTB. This allows you to go beyond cloud analytics for an informed, transparent service delivery. It also helps to make sure your cloud is optimized and that you are in control of your cloud infrastructure costs. Discover how you can identify performance bottlenecks in your cloud environment today with CSA, and reclaim your underutilized resources and plan for future expansion. Meanwhile, to learn more about HP Cloud Service Automation, visit our webpage on .

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