Data centers and all things related might seem like ultra-nerdy topics, and it's highly likely that consumers have no clue about how much influence they wield here.
In yet another example of the consumerization of information technology, Hewlett-Packard has unveiled OneView, its new infrastructure management platform under its Converged Infrastructure data center and cloud umbrella.
OneView is being directed towards IT administrators for facilitating communication and fostering collaboration between IT departments across data centers.
More specifically, it is being aimed at enterprise customers already equipped with HP's BladeSystem, ProLiant Generation 8 and 7 servers.
The idea is to speed up common data center tasks and workloads. For example, HP boasted that OneView can quicken processes such as deployment and troubleshooting from hours (or even days) to just mere minutes.
HP is being fully upfront that it is tapping into consumer tech trends, to the point where it seems that just mentioning consumer influence must imply that the infrastructure is easier to use while being more efficient and less costly. Thus the selling bullet points of the cloud overall.
In the case of OneView, HP asserted in the announcement that its researchers tracked "everyday modern consumer applications that are purpose-built to perform specific tasks with simplicity and speed, and then applied those lessons to the complexity and scale of the data center."
Thus, there are several components integrated in OneView that are supposed to spark familiarity and comparisons to some of the more popular cloud-based (and bare basic) apps being downloaded.
To paint a better picture, OneView includes a centralized dashboard promising visibility into all data center operations, smarter search functionality, and a "MapView" for pinpointing actions between devices connected to the data center.
And to nail down the consumerization point even further, there is an "activity feed" with hardware alerts, admin notes, and more real-time updates.
Scheduled to roll out in October, pricing for starts at $799 for a single license, with three years of technical support and upgrades when also purchasing HP ProLiant server technology.