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HP Brings Server Management to Mobile Devices

The latest release by HP takes server management to a whole new level

For years, HP has been on the cutting edge when it comes to server management technology. HP’s OpenView was long a standard in even heterogeneous server environments, and they’ve only continue to offer stellar options since then.

The latest release by HP takes server management to a whole new level, and will be a boon to system administrators everywhere. The company is releasing a smartphone and tablet application that will run on iOS and Android, allowing admins to control, configure, and monitor servers from just about anywhere.

This kind of flexibility is just the thing that many server administrators are looking for. The idea that they can use an app to log in to various server management subsystems means not only quicker response time, but it also means fewer trips into work for admins. Mobile devices also offer connectivity at times and places where WiFi isn’t available, meaning that response can be almost instant.

Gen8 Server Compatibility
The new app is designed to be used with the HP Gen8 servers, which were also announced at the same time as the management app. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the key aspects to the Gen8 servers:

  • They feature a much more integrated approach between hardware and software than ever before.
  • One goal of the Gen8 line is to reduce electricity costs for the data center by increasing performance per watt.
  • These servers constantly monitor and diagnose a total of 1,600 system parameters. The HP server app can access this data in order to determine what’s going on in terms of server health.
  • That monitoring data is gathered by a separate processor, and managed by something called the Integrated Lights Out engine.

Separate app for scripts
In addition, HP is releasing a separate mobile app that will allow systems admins to run scripts to configure applications on the servers. This means, as an example, using a script to configure a series of database servers, all from the app.

It isn’t certain yet when the new apps will be available for download, but it’s sure to be a huge boon to those system administrators who want real-time, instant access to server data.

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