Enabling All of a Server’s Features Provides Peace of Mind
Just because a healthcare organization has installed a server doesn’t mean it’s getting the most out of that equipment, said Whipple.
“We tend to have this habit of buying a server, turning it on, installing our application or using it for whatever purpose we need, then forgetting it,” he said. “We don’t take the time to go in and say, ‘Well, what can this server really do for me?’ Specific to HPE servers, there are so many great features that require just a little bit of user interface to enable, specifically around security.”
Enabling the security features provided by HPE’s Integrated Lights-Out (iLO) server management platform allows healthcare organizations to set up daily automatic firmware checks. Knowing that firmware components are being checked every day can offer organizations peace of mind, Whipple said.
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“In the unlikely event that one of those pieces a firmware is altered, once you go in and set it up, you can have it automatically recover, or flash that firmware to the last known good state. If you’re a customer, that should be music to your ears, right? You know your server’s going out and checking the firmware down to that base level, the first place your server goes when it’s powered on,” he said.
The HPE ProLiant Gen 10 server includes a processor designed completely by the company. A piece of HPE’s firmware is embedded in the chip to improve security. HPE’s new Gen 10 Plus server builds on that technology using the same processor but with added features such as platform certificates and device identification.
Modern Data Centers Save Time Using Automation and AI
A modern data center should employ automation features and AI-powered tools. At HPE, those tools include OneView and InfoSight.
“With HPE OneView, you have the ability to automate simple tasks. Imagine having the ability to create a server profile template so when you bring new servers online, you just apply that template and — boom! — that server is up and running,” said Whipple. “Imagine having the ability to update firmware and to schedule those firmware updates after hours or at night and have those roll out without stressing out your IT department. Imagine consistent health insight into your server environment and being able to automatically order parts and fix issues that occur.”
HPE’s InfoSight tool uses advanced analytics to look for common issues. Its visuals allow healthcare IT departments to see the system’s environment, from the health of the system to the firmware and service contracts. Once the AI finds a problem, the tool finds a patch and applies it to that server and all other servers in the global network.