Winter is here. For you G.O.T. fans, you know what I’m talking about. With all the buzz around the season finale of Game of Thrones and now the dreaded “show hole”, I have plenty of free time to contemplate the possible outcomes and potential benefits of single pane of glass visibility for Westeros. I’ll admit, it’s a bit of stretch. Please hear me out. I’m not implying that automated management and orchestration software can prevent the siege of white walkers. We all know that’s impossible.
Data and infrastructure management might not be the answer to the problems in Westeros, but in today’s world of digital transformation – data is the foundation. Digital transformation brings disparate sets of data together – structured, unstructured and machine data into a single data strategy. Hitachi Vantara enables customers to unlock the strategic business value of their data through better data management.
This modern data strategy lets customers derive value and gain competitive advantage with ubiquitous data services – using any data source, from any application, on any cloud. This new data model underscores the need for a modern I.T. infrastructure to ensure data is efficiently managed, governed, mobilized and analyzed to gain richer insights to drive better business outcomes.
Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP) Advisor is the foundation for data services that includes key tools like automated provisioning, service catalog, automated workflows, and REST API integration. Advisor works with Hitachi Automation Director and Hitachi Data Instance Director to provide modern data protection, application-consistent recovery, and copy data management across the IT infrastructure. It enables flexibility for a modern datacenter strategy and data services. Deep integration with VMware vCenter promotes ease of use and the intuitive UCP Advisor user interface provides single pane of glass visibility across one or multiple data centers with zero or minimal learning curve.
UCP Advisor provides a single framework for managing diverse and distributed environments across the UCP family [to learn more about the UCP family of infrastructure solutions, check out this blog] which allows you to:
- Manage compute, network and storage resources from a single pane of glass
- Deploy and manage firmware updates
- Integrate seamlessly with VMware vCenter
- Automate complex I.T. operations such as infrastructure lifecycle management
- Reduce OPEX through automated management and orchestration
- Provide better insight into your environment
The new management framework incorporates deep integration with Hitachi Automation Director (HAD) to enable I.T. process automation and smart infrastructure provisioning capabilities. UCP Advisor leverages the smart provisioning workflows and predefined templates available through HAD to automate and orchestrate these tasks:
- Firmware upgrades
- Operating system deployments for bare metal provisioning
- Decommission of operating systems
- ESXi cluster deployments
- Storage based provisioning
If you want more information about UCP Advisor you can find it here.
UCP Advisor also integrates with Hitachi Data Instance Director (HDID) to enable business continuity and disaster recovery for a two-datacenter or three-datacenter global active device (GAD) configuration. You can define data protection policies to be executed through HDID, integrated with HAD. You can further perform application level back-up and recovery.
UCP Advisor delivers I.T. transformation by enabling simplified deployments, automation, improved efficiencies and reduced risk. It may not destroy the army of white walkers or bring peace to the Seven Kingdoms, but it is a crucial part of a solid, modern data management strategy.