Dell EMC PowerOne automates infrastructure

Data flows across entire systems in dynamic ways. Today we are connected everywhere in any way possible, and the AI-powered experience is making our lives better. However, to truly get the value of data, we need more than a multi-cloud system.

According to John Roese, President and CTO, Products & Operations for Dell Technologies, the limiting factor in unlocking the full potential of data is the human capacity in the system. In this case, developers spend too much time on lower-level infrastructure tasks instead of doing tasks that will transform business.

With 2020 as the first step towards the next data decade, Dell wants to change this by automating the IT in infrastructure.

“We believe to build AI-powered digital business. Without extreme levels of automation, it is impossible to deliver a lot of automation use cases. Tech challenges don’t slow down. The inability to scale for humans is the factor.”

To be able to get the work done efficiently, workflows need to be standardised followed by an orchestration of tasks. More importantly, automation will be key. The only way to this is by having a multi-cloud operational hub, AI-driven automation and infrastructure available everywhere.

This is where PowerOne comes in. Dell Technologies announced the availability of Dell EMC PowerOne at the Dell Technologies Summit. The all-in-one autonomous system to make deploying, managing and consuming IT easier for organisations.

By integrating PowerEdge compute, PowerMax storage, PowerSwitch networking and VMware virtualisation into a single system combined with a built-in intelligence engine, PowerOne can automate thousands of manual steps over its lifecycle.

“It is one system to harness the power of Dell Technologies through autonomous operations, flexible consumption and all-in-one system.”
PowerOne’s advanced automation allows administrators to state the desired business outcome – and the system calculates the best way to do the rest. The automation engine takes advantage of a Kubernetes microservices architecture. It uses Ansible workflows to assist users by automating the component configuration and provisioning, delivering a customer-managed datacenter-as-a-service.
PowerOne provides a single system-level application programming interface (API), giving users the control to create business objective-specific pools of resources. This API can be tied into existing tools, such as service portals, to deliver programmable versus manual IT operations. This is known as Infrastructure as Code - virtually eliminating the need to log in to individual component management systems. With PowerOne, organisations can create workload-ready VMware clusters in only a few clicks.
Examples of PowerOne autonomous benefits include:

  • Launch Assist speeds installation and configuration using built-in workflows based on VMware Validated Designs and Dell EMC best practices. PowerOne helps save time by automating the installation and configuration of hardware and VMware clusters.

  • Lifecycle Assist helps reduce infrastructure risk by simplifying daily operations and life cycle management with automated modular system updates and validation, continually checking the correct hardware and firmware settings.

  • Expansion Assist matches infrastructure with business needs by adding, removing or reassigning capacity and resources through automated provisioning and scaling features. Customers can more easily align operations with business requirements.

Tom Burns, SVP/GM, Networking & Solutions Dell Technologies said PowerOne is catered mostly to the larger enterprises especially in finance and healthcare, but they believe it can also be useful to other industries as well.

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