Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) is upping the ante in the race to manage physical and virtual data center servers from the same console. It made two additions Thursday to its core Adaptive Infrastructure management products.
The Adaptive Infrastructure line, when applied to its x86 ProLiant servers, becomes the HP Insight suite of management software, and virtual machine management is handled by HP Insight Dynamics-Virtual Server Environment.
Insight-VSE will get two new optional modules, Insight Orchestration and Insight Recovery.
Insight Orchestration allows an IT administrator to visually design a template of a virtual server and impose that template with the push of a button on as many blades or other servers as the administrator wishes, explained Mark Linesch, VP of enterprise server and storage solutions. Different templates can be created for different workloads.
Insight Orchestration comes with a built-in workflow process that can handle technical support issues through trouble ticketing. Orchestration also can establish a portal where templates are stored, copied, and used. End users can even be empowered to generate their own virtual servers by assigning them privileges "to request a template at a self-service portal, which would give them a virtual server equipped with its storage, WAN, and LAN connections," Linesch noted.