By Ken Won, Director of Product Marketing, Cloud/Automation Solutions
As part of our recent announcement unveiling four new releases in our Cloud and Automation portfolio, Manoj Raisinghani laid out HP’s larger vision for how IT needs to evolve to support the growing demands of enterprises.
There’s no question that managing IT has become increasingly complex. IT now needs tools that allow it to operate in real-time, with much higher visibility into the availability of resources, and how they are being used. The relentlessly dynamic, on-demand nature of cloud-based IT—with services continuously requisitioned and decommissioned—has proved challenging for enterprise IT operating with traditional structures and timelines.
The good news is that self-service hybrid cloud management solutions like HP Cloud Service Automation 3.2 allow enterprises to improve time-to-market and reduce expense by automating the management of application and software services.
Here is a brief look at three key ways that HP CSA 3.2 specifically addresses the dynamic nature of managing cloud services.
1. Intelligent Resource Utilization
As cloud services are quickly turned on and off based on business demand, it can be difficult for cloud administrators to get a clear picture of their resource pool. Do they have enough resources? Too many? With HP CSA 3.2, cloud administrators are able to view compute capacity and closely track resource capacity of components such as CPUs, storage and memory in order to assess whether they face supply constraints, and automatically provision services based on the availability of resources.
2. Greater heterogeneous support
One of HP’s fundamental strategies is to enable enterprises greater choice and flexibility, allowing them to minimize risk and avoid vendor lock-in. That’s why HP CSA 3.2 now expands the number of resource providers it supports, including:
KVM and M/S Hyper-V hypervisors (in addition to VMware)
Amazon EC2 as a public cloud resource (in addition to HP Public Cloud Services)
3. Financial and Asset Management
A lot of enterprises are moving beyond the initial stages of thinking about how to set up a private cloud to now trying to understand how they can effectively operationalize it to meet their security, compliance and SLA requirements.
HP is bringing its deep expertise in managing traditional IT to now help enterprises manage cloud services. For example, HP CSA 3.2 now integrates with HP Asset Manager, an industry leading asset management product, to provide chargeback/showback, cloud billing, software license management and cost management for cloud services.
These capabilities are important in dynamic cloud environments. IT needs to understand in detail how much an enterprise is spending on cloud services, and keep a close eye on whether it’s in compliance with its software licensing contracts (or whether it is in fact paying for something it’s not using).
This kind of visibility into how an enterprise is using cloud-based IT resources now also extends into the executive suite. HP CSA 3.2 now integrates with HP Executive Scorecard to provide business executives with a dashboard view of KPIs and trend analysis.
Adapt to a new style of IT
We’re really excited about the advancements we’ve made to HP Cloud Service Automation 3.2. Keep watching this blog for more posts that will offer more details about the new features! I think you’ll see that at HP we are focused on delivering an open, extensible enterprise-grade cloud management solution that supports both HP and third-party products—giving IT organizations flexibility and confidence as they evolve into this new, dynamic reality of IT.