Networks now are complex, far-reaching entities made up of disparate physical and virtual systems. SDNCentral talked to Stace Hipperson, founder and CEO of Real Status, about how his company worked with HP and the HP SDN App Store to create an app that reduces risk and simplifies management for today’s changing networks.
SDNCentral: How are evolving technologies changing approaches to network management?
Hipperson: The Internet of Things, hybrid cloud, and SDN (software-defined networking) all provide great agility, but they also create complex physical and virtual relationships across a vast IT estate that can be hard to fully understand. Without that understanding, communications can break down, systems might fail, or you can develop unnecessary, costly IT sprawl.
Traditional IT management systems look at static lists of data and charts with limited visualization and understanding of end-to-end resource relationships. With such systems, it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly where errors exist and especially how errors, or potential error resolution, will affect other resources. To be truly effective, it’s important to know how resources are utilized, where problems are, and how those problems are affecting others.
How does Real Status tackle this complexity?
We specialize in managing cloud and SDN deployments using dynamic data aggregation and comprehensive IT visibility. Our core software product, Hyperglance, is a hybrid cloud and SDN management platform that simplifies complex network relationships down to an intuitive topology layout that covers virtual, physical, and logical resources and relationships.
Hyperglance enables users to more effectively understand and manage the breadth of infrastructure and complex relationships inherent in modern deployments. The topology it generates gives IT managers interactive, 360-degree navigation and zoom capabilities to give a unified picture of disparate systems like public cloud, private cloud, and SDN.
Hyperglance has context-aware visibility, and it clearly identifies resource types and status using graphic design, color, and animation. Managers can use customizable data views and filters to better understand end-to-end IT relationships. This helps them take more confident, more immediate actions to improve quality of service (QoS) and IT utilization.
How does SDN make your approach to network management different from existing ones?
Traditional static charts and lists of data can’t give adequate information to effectively understand the relationship between multiple platforms. For example, with public clouds, there may be multiple accounts with the same platform. It’s difficult with traditional management systems to know how troubled a resource is or how it could affect others – or for that matter, to simply understand the totality of IT utilization, or “IT sprawl,” with so many virtual entities being created.
Thanks to SDN, Hyperglance allows you to intuitively view, monitor, and manage entire networks at full scale in real-time. It aggregates cloud, SDN, and management platform data to give you cohesive monitoring and control.
The HP VAN SDN controller APIs and documentation are well thought out, which makes development relatively easy. HP’s SDN go-to-market strategies, including the HP SDN App Store, were very impressive, and we’re able to receive technical assistance whenever we need it. We’re proud to be part of the HP SDN ecosystem, and we plan to continue developing our mutually beneficial relationship.
How does Hyperglance integrate with other SDN systems?
Hyperglance is pre-configured to automatically integrate data and controls from HP VAN SDN Controller, Amazon Web Services (AWS), OpenStack, and OpenDaylight, as well as map alerts and other service data from Nagios. Hyperglance also has a RESTful API to integrate additional data for a customized view.
What other types of applications do you think would be interesting to the SDN app world?
Everyone is looking for the “killer app” for SDN. In my opinion, the killer apps are operational efficiency and reducing user error. Just giving operational teams centralized, programmatic access to their network gives huge benefits, even if it’s read-only.
What would your advice be to other potential application developers?
I would advise app developers to concentrate on both current and future use cases. In order to get companies to implement your technologies, you need to have deployed SDN in some shape or form. Feedback is key in order to create a useful, valuable product.
For more about this application and the rest of the ecosystem please visit HP SDN App Store