Survival of the Fittest: Full-Stack Management

Ecosystems are complex and fragile. Just look at how climate change is affecting the world. From shifting weather patterns that threaten food production, to rising sea levels that increase the risk of catastrophic flooding, the impacts of climate change are global in scope and unprecedented in scale.[1] Ecosystems are in a constant state of change. The organisms inside must quickly adapt, or risk extinction. Take polar bears for example, they are forced to find new ways to forage for food because the ice they hunt on is melting rapidly. Animals gravitate to what will give them the best chance of survival in their ecosystem.

This constant flux reminds me of our very own ever-evolving IT industry. As an IT service administrator, you contend with multiple disconnected tools and information silos. This offsets your entire ecosystem and threatens your survival. Luckily, Dell EMC has the OpenManage Ecosystem portfolio of integrations and APIs to help you succeed. The integrations and APIs in this ecosystem seamlessly break down information silos and give you full-stack management of your virtual and cloud infrastructures.

Dell EMC partners with industry leading vendors to provide integrations that help you streamline your IT administration, enabling comprehensive oversight and deeper control of your own ecosystem.

Streamline IT administration

Did you know that nearly 70% of your time is spent maintaining existing IT environments?[2] You can better respond to challenges in your environment through automation. The OpenManage ecosystem portfolio of integrations and APIs helps you streamline your IT administration with native full-stack control from a single interface. The OpenManage integrations provide IT administration automatically in one user-friendly console. This streamlines your IT administration because you no longer toggle between screens and input data manually. This reduces your risk of human error, further streamlining your administration.

The OpenManage Integration with VMware Vcenter is a prime example of how the OpenManage Ecosystem Portfolio of integrations and APIs streamlines IT administration. It enables bare-metal server provisioning from within vCenter. Instead of using complicated server provisioning tools and processes, the OpenManage Integration employs hardware profiles. These profiles streamline deployment and configuration.

Another example of streamlined IT administration is the OpenManage Integration with ServiceNow. The integration leverages the OpenManage APIs to automatically import open cases from SupportAssist Enterprise as incidents into ServiceNow. You no longer need to create a separate incident into your ServiceNow instance to track a Dell support request raised against your PowerEdge server. For example, if one of your fans fails in your PowerEdge server, SupportAssist Enterprise will create a Dell Support ticket based on the alert that it receives from OpenManage Enterprise. It will also dispatch a replacement fan the next business day. Additionally, the integration allows you to manage your events and incidents automatically. No longer spend countless hours manually entering information into a separate console.

In the same vein of efficiency, you can provision a dynamic infrastructure in a matter of seconds rather than days by simply running software commands on OpenManage Ansible Modules. These modules enable you to use Red Hat Ansible to automate and orchestrate the provisioning, configuration, deployment, and update of your PowerEdge servers. You can unite workflows into a single pipeline, increasing your administration efficiency.

Comprehensive oversight

Did you know 75% of downtime is caused by manual and disconnected IT processes?[3] You can better adapt to challenges if you have better insight into your IT administration. The OpenManage ecosystem portfolio of integrations and APIs enables comprehensive oversight by facilitating the integration of management information into one easy console.

Take the OpenManage Integrations for Microsoft System Center for example. These integrations provide visibility and control of hardware infrastructure, operating systems, and virtual machines. Furthermore, the OpenManage Integration with Microsoft Windows Admin Center simplifies discovery of PowerEdge servers and Dell EMC Solutions for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI. This integration provides centralized access to each of the servers and clusters in your environment. It can be used exclusively for server lifecycle management, health status, monitoring, and troubleshooting.

“The Dell EMC OpenManage Integration with Microsoft Windows Admin Center gives us full visibility to Dell EMC Solutions for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI, enabling us to more easily respond to situations before they become critical. With the new OpenManage integration, we can also manage Microsoft Azure Stack HCI from anywhere, even simultaneously managing our clusters located in different cities.”

– Greg Altman, Swiff-Train Company

Deeper control

Did you know 65% of IT decision makers are deploying multi-cloud solutions?[4] With so much of your IT in multi-cloud, it’s important to choose a solution that puts you in control. The OpenManage ecosystem portfolio includes user-friendly open RESTful APIs that give you control of your environment. You can stack the APIs easily in one script for aggregated operation in a multi-device and multi-vendor environment. They also use common scripting languages and support the DMTF Redfish standard. Furthermore, Redfish composability APIs were recently added to the PowerEdge MX Kinetic infrastructure. This enables full storage composability through VMware Cloud Foundation. You can control your workloads to provision storage as needed. This gives you full lifecycle management of the hardware and software within your cloud infrastructure.

Don’t risk extinction. Defeat challenges in your ecosystem. Overcome information silos with the Dell EMC OpenManage Ecosystem portfolio. The ecosystem of integrations and APIs streamlines your IT administration, helping you gain comprehensive oversight and deeper control. Learn which OpenManage integration is right for your environment. View the OpenManage Ecosystem Portfolio infographic and webpage now.

[1] United Nations, Climate Change.

[2] The causes & costs of data center system downtime – Advisory Board Q&A

[3] Forrester Research, Inc., Forrsights Budgets & Priorities Tracker Survey

[4] IDC, Workload Placement Strategy 2019

About the Author: Natalie Patterson

Natalie enjoys bringing stories to life through her writing. Prior to joining Dell EMC, Natalie began her career by participating in a 3-year rotational Marketing Management Development Program. She then took on a diverse set of Product Marketing roles within the aviation and industrial markets. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Natalie lives in Austin, TX, and spends her free time outdoors, keeping active, and traveling.