Cross-industry market disruption is inspiring CEOs to undertake digital transformation initiatives to stay competitive. Digital transformation requires a modern, agile IT strategy to address continual change, faster access to more data to fuel business insights and decision making, and faster time to market with new business models. Automation and orchestration are essential to driving IT agility to new levels through operations and process improvements. Hitachi Management Automation Strategy guides Hitachi’s direction for automation, orchestration and management to improve IT agility for modern private cloud and data centers now and into the future.
There is a trend toward composable infrastructure where physical and virtual compute, storage and network resources are treated as services and logically pooled to avoid the need to manually configure resources to specific applications. The intent is to satisfy application requirements for physical and virtual infrastructure using policies and service profiles, leveraging Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to call services to compose the needed infrastructure. Composable management software plays a key role in a composable infrastructure solution.
Composable infrastructure management automation and orchestration software must be cloud relevant, meaning that it orchestrates infrastructure, while automating the repetitious details required to shape infrastructure into consumable services to meet business outcomes and time-to-market metrics. In short, modern infrastructure management software must meet the simplification imperative driven by cloud adoption and the motivation to consume ITaaS.
Hitachi Management Automation Strategy seeks to simplify operations and reduce risk through a composable management approach, employing automation, orchestration, analytics and intelligent abstraction at scale. This approach can be contrasted with traditional approaches where monolithic management software is deployed that addresses all possible use cases, regardless of the workload at hand, causing unnecessary complexity and too much “managing of the management application.” A key point of the Hitachi Management Automation strategy is to allow IT generalists, domain experts and server virtualization/container administrators – who have been asked to expand their roles beyond the compute domain – to increase their spans of control and to become more efficient and effective in managing modern IT infrastructure.
With the strategy, performance optimization and capacity planning evolve to include environment-wide analytics to inform decisions around how to optimize for specific applications. Imagine software that may eventually recommend which data to keep based on your specific business parameters in a future world where –on a global scale – data created is predicted to dwarf available storage capacity. Decisions based on these analyses could be carried out automatically using pre-defined and dynamic criteria.
Open automation pulls Hitachi infrastructure into cloud ecosystems, making Hitachi solutions easily consumable with flexible integrations into popular cloud management platforms from VMware, Microsoft, ServiceNow and others, as well as open source clouds like OpenStack. The Hitachi Management Automation Strategy calls for increased integration and automation so whatever our customer’s uber orchestration strategy; our solutions will be easily and increasingly automatically consumed, enabling faster access to the right resources, improving processes and operations.
Hitachi Management Automation Strategy is underpinned by an API strategy used to satisfy application requirements using policies and service profiles. APIs call services to compose the needed infrastructure, decoupling complex operations into small focused tasks communicating with each other via APIs that are transparent to administrators and end users, dynamically simplifying infrastructure consumption. Hitachi Management Automation Strategy stipulates ways to:
- Drive agility to deliver business initiatives and transformation faster with a simplified, composable management approach
- Speed time to market and increase customer satisfaction with an easy consumption model
- Reduce risk, increase efficiency and lower operational costs through automation and IT analytics
To that end, Hitachi is leveraging the foundation we have established with Hitachi Command Suite, taking best practices learned over years of managing IT infrastructure and automating and modernizing these to meet the needs of delivering ITaaS in bi-modal application environments. Over time, Hitachi has begun releasing more automation-focused management and orchestration software that address infrastructure for both 2nd platform (think systems of record, traditional databases, etc.) and 3rd platform (think analytics, Hadoop, NoSQL databases, etc.) applications. These include Automation Director, UCP Director, Data Instance Director, Infrastructure Analytics Advisor and Storage Advisor.
As part of the Hitachi Management Automation Strategy, today HDS has added the new Unified Compute Platform Advisor to our growing portfolio of automation-focused software. UCP Advisor delivers simplified, smart converged management for individual and multiple UCP 2000 systems (my colleague Paul Morrissey has written a UCP Advisor Blog here). Moving forward, look for Hitachi to unite our new and recently announced software under a next-generation suite of automation-focused software. Hitachi invites you to join us on this journey as we roll out the Hitachi Management Automation Strategy.