Hewlett-Packard on Thursday added tools for orchestration and recovery to its Adaptive Infrastructure portfolio. And, as with most enterprise-class technology announcements these days, HP said that the new tools promise IT cost-savings and reduced risks.
HP enhanced its Insight Dynamics VSE, software for managing physical and virtual resources alike, with the new Insight Orchestration and Insight Recovery tools, the company said.
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"We're starting to integrate a lot of the pieces of technology already in datacenters to drive down costs and allow greater agility for our customers," says Duncan Campbell, vice president of Adaptive Infrastructure at HP. "The reason we have this sense of urgency is because too much of IT budgets goes toward support and maintenance."
Insight Orchestration enables administrators to create templates for infrastructure needed to run different applications on servers, including associated storage and network resources, and includes a portal and workflow engine for implementation, HP said. Insight Recovery, meanwhile, is for restarting applications running at a remote backup site and is integrated with HP's StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Array.
HP also enhanced Insight Dynamics VSE with capacity-planning functions including software for collecting and analyzing utilization data from Dell, IBM, and other Windows servers and support for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, VMware ESXi, and ESX.
"The general point is that AI has mostly been about plumbing and infrastructure pieces, and this brings more orchestration and automation," explains Jonathan Eunice, principal IT advisor at Illuminata. "With virtual machines, people are accepting the idea of taking humans out of the loop."
Removing humans is exactly where Eunice sees the promise of cost-savings coming to fruition. "All of the investments I see are really about consolidation and taking labor out of the equation," Eunice explains. "Any investment in consolidation and virtualization can take costs out."
Insight Orchestration and Insight Recovery, HP said, kick off an increased concentration for this year on the company's AI portfolio. The company also said it has opened four new Adaptive Infrastructure Discovery Centers in Isle d’Abeau, France, Boeblingen, Germany, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Houston, in addition to five existing centers.