Thursday, July 25, 2013

HP Insight Control Amplifies ProLiant Server Management

HP Insight Control is server management software that gives system administrators the tools to fully utilize the management capabilities built into HP ProLiant servers.  With Insight Control, you can deploy new ProLiant servers quickly and reliably, catalog your environment, remotely manage ProLiant servers, and proactively monitor server health.  You can reduce unplanned downtime and deliver stable IT services to your users.  Insight Control enables you to quickly respond to pressing business needs by facilitating the rapid rollout of new IT services. HP ProLiant servers with Insight Control enable you to simplify day-to-day operations to get the most of your investment in server assets and staff.

Some of the tools that are available within the HP Insight Control management software suite include HP Lights Out, HP Systems Insight Manager, and the extension for VMware vCenter Server.

With HP Lights-Out (iLO), you can take control of your ProLiant servers at any time and from any location. iLO Advanced and Insight Control offer the Remote Console and Virtual Media features; no more connecting a keyboard, mouse, and monitor to troubleshoot or configure a server.  You can also share the Remote Console session with up to six administrators to collaborate in real time.

Monitor system health and performance through HP Systems Insight Manager. Not only does this allow users to proactively manage your ProLiant servers with a simple, integrated interface, but you can also forward alerts to other enterprise management solutions. Insight Control allows you to maintain consistency with firmware and software baselines using Systems Insight Manager and HP Software Update Manager.  Insight Control also enables you to proactively manage virtual machine workloads based on pre-failure conditions from underlying host and storage systems.

The HP Insight Control extension for VMware vCenter Server enables converged infrastructure to be the best infrastructure solution for VMware administrators.  From a single pane of glass, you can provision, monitor, and manage HP servers, storage, and networking infrastructure.  Invoke HP management tools, such as Systems Insight Manager, iLO, Virtual Connect Manager, and Onboard Administrator directly from the VMware vCenter interface.  Insight Control with VMware vCenter allows you to visually trace and monitor your Virtual Connect network end-to-end without leaving VMware vCenter.

Through these tools and more, HP Insight Control assists in managing your entire server infrastructure.  Reduce staff workload by offloading deployment and compliance checks using Insight Control.  Integration with VMware vCenter provides a powerful, centralized management solution for your virtual environment and the physical infrastructure supporting it. All-in-all, HP Insight control management software enables users to respond to critical business needs by rapidly provisioning ProLiant servers while meeting compliance requirements. 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Sell, Recycle, Destroy - Pick Your Asset Recovery Option

What do you do when you’re ready to get rid of your old IT equipment? You basically have three options, right? You can trash it, you can try and sell it and recover some of your investment, or you can recycle it.  You can start with Google and try typing in something like “sell my HP”, or you can come to Great Lakes Computer, and we can give you a hand with any or all of those options.

The first and the third option are the same from our perspective. We have no problem disposing of your unwanted, no-value IT equipment. We accomplish this through our partnership with an R2-Certified Recycler - Valley City. Any IT equipment that is deemed to carry little to no market value will be recycled so that it is disposed of in an environmentally-responsible manner.

As for the second option, Great Lakes Computer purchases the following equipment to stock our 30,000 sq ft integration facility: HP (ProLiant/Integrity), IBM (X/P Series), Dell (PowerEdge), Cisco, HP ProCurve, and HP, IBM and Dell storage.  Through our 27 years of market knowledge specific to the used IT hardware industry, we are able to offer aggressive pricing.

In addition to these options, we also offer hard drive erasure and/or destruction to ensure data security. Great Lakes Computer is experienced in providing these services to our customers and will provide documented confirmation in the form of a certificate of completed service.   So whether you decide to toss it or sell it, Great Lakes Computer can help with your old IT equipment.

What Exactly is a Software Defined Datacenter?

As one of the hottest topics in the industry, the Software Defined Datacenter gets a lot of buzz. But what exactly is a Software Defined Datacenter? And just what are the true benefits that this technology can provide for you datacenter? We’ll walk you through why this industry revolution is truly worth the hype.

Our best, boiled down, definition of the Software Defined Datacenter is, “A datacenter in which the entire infrastructure is virtualized, allowing for control of the datacenter to be automated by software and the infrastructure to be easily delivered as a service.” As a result, the services that used to require hardware can now be performed using software alone.

There are four main components of the Software Defined Datacenter: network virtualization, server virtualization, storage virtualization, and a business logic layer. Basically, the virtualization components are what we mean when we say your entire infrastructure needs to be virtualized. The business logic layer is also required in order to translate application requirements, service level agreements (SLAs), policies and any cost considerations.

In addition to the easy delivery of infrastructure as a service (IaaS), another key benefit offered by the Software Defined Datacenter is that it provides support for both legacy enterprise applications and emerging cloud technologies. This allows organizations to continue running their existing applications, but also take advantage of cutting-edge technologies if and when they so desire.

This trend results in a shift of mindset since a Software Defined Datacenter sounds a lot like the cloud. That’s because a lot of what the cloud promises to do, the Software Defined Datacenter promises to do as well. In fact, the Software Defined Datacenter solution offered by VMware is referred to as the vCloud Suite. Coincidence? Not even close.