HP debuts Orchestrated Datacentre to automate IT operations and delivery

HP launches its Orchestrated Datacentre service suite to help the IT department deploy the full stack and automate IT delivery and management

HP is launching an automation and cloud management service – Orchestrated Datacenter – to allow the IT to deploy the full stack and automate IT delivery and management.

IT workers can deploy physical, virtual servers, networks, storage and databases to the middleware and the application layer using HP's Orchestrated Datacenter service suite.

HP's aims the portfolio of services at helping businesses optimise the operations in the datacentre to meet their infrastructure and application delivery requirements, said the company.

The HP Orchestrated Datacenter service includes HP Enterprise Maps, an Archimate 2 certified enterprise architecture solution; HP Cloud Service Automation (CSA) 4.1; HP Operations Orchestration (OO)10.1; and HP Server Automation (SA) 10.1.

IDC's research shows that datacentre automation and orchestration software is one of the IT industry's fastest growing management software categories.

“IT decision-makers recognise significant business agility improvements as well as cost savings by automating and orchestrating a wide range of infrastructure, middleware and application provisioning and configuration activities,” said Mary Johnston Turner, research vice-president of enterprise systems management software at IDC.

“IT architects and CIOs want simpler, more integrated and effective orchestration solutions that deliver value right out of the box."

HP's Orchestrated Datacenter service combines open source technologies such as OpenStack with HP's full stack automation technologies to address these priorities, said Turner.

Air France exploits IT automation

According to HP, the adoption of mobility and cloud computing is accelerating the application lifecycle and increasing pressure on organisations to take a user-centric approach to design and delivery.

Air France has automated its IT services delivery. “Since automating our installation processes, we have gone from around six days for installing a server cluster to one day,” said Patrick Bourel, head of Open Systems at Air France.

Air France’s IT department now takes less than 15 minutes to install one virtual machine, compared with the 24 hours or more it took previously. It has significantly reduced the time it takes to bring environments into service while improving quality, reliability and reducing the cost of infrastructure provisioning by 85%.  

“This scalable platform will allow Air France to put in place, monitoring and audit tools in order to achieve better quality of service,” Bourel said.

With its orchestrated datacentre, customers will be able to deploy applications, infrastructure and cloud-based services quickly, said HP.

IT is undergoing a complex change – it has to deliver end-to-end services for infrastructure and applications as cloud computing, mobility, big data and security are redefining what enterprise users expect from their applications and IT services, Manoj Raisinghani, senior director of HP Software Product Marketing, wrote on the company blog.

“Operations teams must adopt user-centric approaches for quickly and consistently releasing applications to production; develop interactive but reasonably priced services; and rapidly solve issues, ideally before users experience the issue,” Raisinghani said.

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