HP OneView – First Thoughts

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Last week I was in a meeting in HP and was introduced with HP new converged infrastructure solution – HP OneView.

The “road map” for OneView is to replace some exist management software (HP SIM, HP VCEM, HP Insight Control), but I will be surprised if HP will not integrate other management tools for storage and networking into OneView – making OneView a truly converged infrastructure solution (based on licensing and users roles permissions  obvious), anyway – that sounds great.

So – few hours after the meeting I was already deploying OneView OVF for testing.

You can download OneView from here, as I write this, the latest version is 1.01, the deployment is quick and straightforward, just provide the network setting and some general setting and you will be ready.

For my frustration OneView is not ready for enterprise (I know this already but was eager to try OneView), you can’t import exist enclosures because this version doesn’t support importing of enclosures with a Virtual Connect domain, even not just for monitoring.

I did talked with some HP staff about that and been told that next version (1.05) will be out any day now and will include major changes and support like plug-in for VMWARE.

One more downgrade in OneView is that it’s not support servers prior to G7 (G1-G6), if this is not concerning you and your environment is assembled only from G7 and Gen8 servers I envy you… but for most of us SysAdmins – this is a real concern.

My conclusion from deploying and testing HP OneView is that its look very promising, yes this is not a finished product, Licensing and support is not very clear right now and I feel that there is some “birth pangs” that are reasonable for a fresh product.

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