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Going for Broker: What’s new with Hybrid Cloud Management 2017.11

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Hybrid IT is the new normal for IT Operations. You need to respond instantly while managing complex hybrid resources and technologies—like containers.  The cloud is a given in every project, but our goal is to help you manage hybrid with confidence and maximize your value to the business.  

The December release of Hybrid Cloud Management is now available.  This release offers enhancements that impact all of the key use cases we support.

Cloud Brokering and Governance.  – HCM Express lets you provide better cloud control.

Our new HCM Express Edition provides you with the new and updated abilities to broker selected public cloud offerings for your team.  Users across your organization are directly consuming public cloud services which allow them to move quickly—but they move beyond the constraints of central IT.  That is great until that monthly public cloud bill is way too big or something goes wrong. Then IT Ops has to step in and fix any issues.

You need to ensure that your users employ the right types of public cloud images out of thousands of choices. Yes, they want immediate access to services. However, IT needs to maintain visibility into all the resources that have been deployed or contracted to keep track of the overall spend and make sure things stay working well.

Hybrid Cloud Management Express allows you to act as a multi-cloud broker while maintaining visibility across your resources:

  • You select a working set of images
  • Offer those images in your self-service portal
  • Track and report on the cloud spend
  • Apply spend policy management and recommend the best possible workload placement using BigData analytics

Our goal is to allow you to prevent random acts of cloud within your organization without slowing anyone’s access to the cloud services they need.

Self-Service Hybrid IT – with HCM Premium

You need the ability to support the rapid creation and delivery of agile hybrid infrastructure and services— while allowing IT to embrace microservices and containers together with your on-premises resources.

Hybrid Cloud Management provides a single view into all deployed hybrid resources that simplifies ongoing management of not only public cloud images but your more complex service designs.  HCM enables you to build smart modeled services with “design-once – run anywhere” designs.

In this latest release, we introduced enhancements to our powerful orchestration capabilities.  We enabled a flexible, authoring approach to orchestration including graphical, textual and multi-authoring to create, customize and debug your operations workflows.  Don’t forget that we offer the industry’s most complete library of out-of-the-box content for you to build upon in orchestrating all your typical IT operations actions (8000+ flows and actions).  Note that a new study from TechValidate showed that 19 percent of our customers saved over 2500 hours per month using Micro Focus orchestration.    

Link is https://www.techvalidate.com/portals/micro-focus-operations-orchestration

Finally, we added a powerful chatbot, Maestro.  Maestro brings orchestration actions into your conversations, allowing Maestro to execute requests while communicating with you in plain language.  Maestro can help execute use cases such as platform provisioning, password resets, run book automation, incident diagnostics, incident and event remediation, service fulfillment, and disaster recovery. 

Accelerating DevOps for Ops – HCM Ultimate enables continuous delivery of applications at DevOps speeds. …Helping you better support your developers.

Ops needs to ensure new application releases get into production as quickly and trouble-free as possible. This is accomplished by immediately providing all needed resources to your dev teams at every stage of application development.  Hybrid Cloud Management bridges the gap between Dev and Ops using our integrated application release automation which provides resources to your development pipeline—featuring customizable stage gates for continuous application delivery.  We allow Ops to confidently partner with their Dev teams, maintaining resource visibility while driving service delivery according to code progression and integrating with Dev coding and testing tools

In time for the holidays… Cloud Migration - NEW SOFTWARE OFFERINGS that support cloud migration efforts

With our new combined Micro Focus portfolio, we have brought together additional software products that work upstream of Hybrid Cloud Management to help you move your business to the cloud.  We are providing powerful capabilities within Cloud Assessment and PlateSpin to help service providers execute transformation projects for organizations that are moving many workloads to the cloud.

Cloud Assessment helps assess your project’s scope across application types, so that your plan is data-based and achievable. 

PlateSpin Migration Factory helps customers automate and integrate the planning, testing, execution and management phases of successful large-scale datacenter and cloud migration projects.

And when you have completed your migration, those cloud workloads will be able to be managed as HCM resources moving forward.

Please visit the Hybrid Cloud Management website for more information on the HCM suite.


About the Author
Neil entered the management software space 16 years ago and has enjoyed roles from Product Marketing, to Evangelist to Global Solution Manager. Neil has spent over 20 years meeting and working with IT teams world-wide presenting the value that IT teams have derived from using automation and management software.
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