As IT organizations are coming to terms with the fact that they will need to manage multiple cloud computing platforms, HP is looking to shift the conversation toward how IT is going to be managed in the age of the cloud.
HP this week unveiled its Orchestrated Datacenter management software designed to enable IT organizations to leverage orchestration software to manage physical and virtual IT systems and the applications that run on them regardless of whether they reside in a public or private cloud.
Manoj Raisinghani, senior director of global product marketing for automation and cloud management at HP Software, says that the enterprise IT reality is that they need a simpler way to automate the management of multiple stacks of computing services.
Raisinghani says HP Orchestrated Software was intended to complement the HP Helion cloud initiative based on OpenStack and it does not require IT organizations to replace any of the IT systems management tools they currently use. Instead, it provides a layer of orchestration software that could be integrated, for example, with Chef automation tools or VMware vSphere virtual machine management software.
Naturally, HP would prefer that the IT environment consist of HP Helion cloud platforms as much as possible, but it’s not an absolute requirement to benefit from HP Orchestrated Datacenter management software, says Raisinghani.
The end result, says Raisinghani, is a closed-loop IT management system that doesn’t require the internal IT organization to struggle to manage a heterogeneous environment. In addition, HP is layering its HP Automation Insight analytics software on top of Orchestrated Datacenter to provide a more holistic view of the federated IT environment that most IT organizations have little visibility into beyond what is provided by the management tools for a particular stack or segment of services.
Rather than getting caught up in debates about the merits of one cloud platform or another, enterprise IT organizations are starting to focus a lot more on how they will actually manage all these cloud platforms. After all, the odds that they will have the political power to standardize on a single cloud platform is virtually nil. Faced with that reality, IT must instead figure out how to manage them all, once the organization decides where it might want to deploy an application workload at any particular time.