HP Launches Cloud Management for Multivendor Environments
Problem: Midsize-to-large businesses are building their clouds using services from different vendors, making management a potential nightmare for the administrator. Enter HP Software Professional Services, which has launched HP Service Integration and Management (SIAM), enabling customers to — and I’m quoting from the press release, here — “integrate, manage and govern complex multivendor environments.”
It’s more straightforward than it sounds. HP Software VP of Professional Services Michael Garrett noted while cloud management is an absolutely burgeoning field, SIAM is unique for its focus on services, not infrastructure, whether from the cloud, hosted externally or behind the organization’s firewall. Combine that with HP’s IT management software ecosystem, and Garrett said there’s simply nothing like SIAM in the market.
The benefits of this kind of unified view into multivendor environments, according to HP’s literature, include monitoring service health across all suppliers, quickly identifying those vendors whose services are bottlenecking or disrupting the rest, and simply saving time for the IT pro by combining all the various control schema into one dashboard.
A large part of the SIAM value proposition involves the professional services wrapped around it (as you may have guessed from Garrett’s title). Garrett’s team will help the customer identify their goals, all the suppliers — cloud and otherwise, externally delivered or otherwise — that the ecosystem is to be built on.
Together, HP and the customer will put together a plan that meets compliance, governance, business management and operational needs. And SIAM will help customers add new services to the environment on an ongoing basis. As you can see, it’s less for organizations that have built their own clouds already and more for those looking to make the leap.
Meanwhile, HP is here at Cloud Connect this week, so rest assured we’ll be keeping our ears to the ground for more cloud news from the company. But early word is that it’s mostly here to promote its line of OpenStack-based solutions.