Automation in the HP Converged Infrastructure


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The HP Converged Infrastructure enables agile and rapid service
delivery while driving out costs. It integrates all the infrastructure
elements —servers, storage, and networking—together with
management resources to deliver a data center that can scale
up or down according to business needs. When combined with
HP Data Center Automation (DCA) software, efficiencies are
realized that make it possible to quickly deliver a service by
orchestrating applications, data, and infrastructure components
as one business request, rather than multiple ones from different
departments. Automation optimizes resources, reduces errors,
and enables compliance.
You, automation, and the cloud
While the HP Converged Infrastructure refers to an agile, integrated
hardware and software environment, the HP Converged Cloud refers
to an environment where services may reside in public, private, or
managed clouds as well as in traditional IT. To deliver converged cloud
services, IT will need a hybrid delivery model so it can deliver the
right service from the right place at the right time. Automation plays
a key role in this environment where the IT mix can rapidly change as
organizational requirements change.
Three steps to automation
With automation providing a key functionality in the HP Converged
Infrastructure and the HP Converged Cloud, where do you start?
This three-step approach featuring HP DCA software provides a
controlled path that automates simple routine tasks to much more
complex processes.
Starting at the infrastructure level, IT can rapidly show ROI by
automating routine, repetitive, time-consuming operations.
Automating processes saves even more time, eliminates hand-offs,
and increases agility. Automating service delivery enables IT to utilize
resources from on-premises, private, managed, or public clouds.
HP DCA enables automation at all these levels.
Figure 1.
Components of the HP Converged Infrastructure
Power and cooling
Management software
Figure 2.
A converged cloud combines traditional IT with private, managed, and public clouds.
Automation is a fundamental requirement for successfully delivering services that
reside in these environments.
Physical/virtual Middleware
Automation and orchestration
Servers NetworkStorage Applications
Step 1: Automate operational tasks
Because most infrastructures continue to scale up and sprawl out,
the impact of one mistake can be huge. Automating tasks at the
server, database, storage, and network levels reduces errors by
automating best practices across the data center. Automation can
be used to streamline and optimize tasks such as:
• Bare-metal provisioning of virtual machines (VMs), servers,
networks, storage, and databases
• Compliance reporting
• Operating system patch updates
• Configuration updates
Automation saves time, increases accuracy and consistency, and
enables compliance.
Step 2: Automate IT processes
Automating IT processes enables agility by building consistent and
repeatable workflows without manual intervention. Processes that
benefit from automation include:
• Provisioning the application stack—from infrastructure to
database to the application
• Closed-loop incident management and remediation
• Change control and release
Automation helps to make sure that processes are documented,
discipline is enforced, and best practices are applied consistently.
It helps set standards across the data center. It also improves
collaboration and provides wider visibility that drives informed
Step 3: Automate service delivery
Finally, automating the service lifecycle—from initial provisioning
to updates, change management, and continuous monitoring—can
cut delivery time from months to hours. This enables IT to support
self-serve environments for faster response times. IT can publish
catalogs, ensure compliance, and improve SLAs—key metrics for
the HP Converged Infrastructure and cloud environments.
Figure 3.
Three key steps to automating the converged infrastructure
Automate tasks
• Replace routine
manual tasks
• Free up resources
for new projects
Automate IT
• Standardize on
best practices
• Increase IT agility
and quality
Automate service
• Automate
provisioning and
• Cut service
delivery time from
months to hours
What HP customers have accomplished
• Increased server-to-administrator ratios from 30:1 to 200:1
• Reduced the time required to roll out new desktop functionality
from 10 months to eight days
• Reduced time to deliver a database from 48 hours to 30 minutes
What HP customers have accomplished
• Reduced time to repair from three hours to seconds
• Cut application deployment time by 80 percent
• Saved $5 million per year by automating 65 percent
of infrastructure alerts
What one customer accomplished
• Rapidly deployed more than 14,000 new hotspots
• Reduced delivery time from five months to two hours
• Reduced total cost of ownership for maintenance and support by
40 percent
• Created a new source of revenue
HP Datacenter Automation portfolio
The HP Datacenter Automation (DCA) portfolio is comprehensive—
automating operations of physical and virtual platforms in
heterogeneous environments. HP DCA automates the entire
application stack, giving a complete view of each business service
rather than just a server, network, or storage perspective. HP DCA
• HP Server Automation for bare-metal and virtual machine
provisioning, patch management, software deployment,
configuration management, code deployment and rollback,
and audit compliance.
• HP Database and Middleware Automation for provisioning,
patching, compliance, and release management of databases
(e.g. Oracle, SQL server, Sybase) and middleware (e.g.
WebSphere, WebLogic, JBoss)
• HP Network Automation for providing real-time visibility and
control over network change and configuration management
• HP Storage Essentials for visualizing the server-to-storage
supply chain and drilling down from the host to the storage for
fast troubleshooting and impact analysis
• HP Operations Orchestration for automating IT processes across
infrastructures and business processes that span the entire service
lifecycle. This IT process automation platform lets teams automate
the triage, troubleshooting, and repair of incidents, alerts, change,
configuration management, and repetitive maintenance tasks.
• HP BSA Security and Compliance for providing content from
Payment Credit Industry (PCI), Center for Internet Security (CIS),
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and
other regulatory agencies directly to HP DCA software
Robust integrations with HP software—such as monitoring and
help-desk functions—deliver greater efficiencies and visibility to IT.
Whether part of the HP Converged Infrastructure, HP Converged
Cloud, or a traditional data center, HP DCA provides a comprehensive
view for IT to make better-informed business decisions.
Why HP?
HP DCA supports the overall CIO agenda, not just individual
automation initiatives. As part of the HP IT Performance Suite (ITPS),
HP DCA contributes key performance indicators (KPIs) to role-based
scorecards that give IT staff at every level the specific visibility they
need into IT operations. The DCA KPIs include metrics for change
and resolution, utilization, compliance, resource provisioning, and
resource reclamation.
In the HP Converged Infrastructure, where driving out cost and
enabling agility are top priorities, HP DCA helps IT operations achieve
these goals, and provides metrics to show IT’s value to the business.
Furthermore, as customers move toward an HP Converged Cloud
environment that combines private, managed, and public cloud
with traditional IT infrastructure, delivering services from these
different entities becomes possible with HP DCA automating many
of the underlying tasks and processes.
Learn more
For HP Datacenter Automation, visit
For HP Converged Cloud, visit
For HP Converged Infrastructure, visit
For HP IT Performance System (ITPS), visit
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