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HP updates OpenView

Hewlett-Packard continues to roll out new management software technology at a rapid rate, looking to keep pace and differentiate itself.

Hewlett-Packard continues to roll out new management software technology at a rapid rate, looking to keep pace and differentiate itself from competitors such as IBM subsidiary Tivoli Systems and Computer Associates.

At an independently organized user conference in Seattle, HP unveiled significant upgrades to two software components of OpenView, added functionality for other tools, and announced new partnerships with two prominent firms.

OpenView is an umbrella name for a variety of management software tools within HP's stable. The various components have a commanding lead in certain segments of the market, but some observers have wondered about HP's commitment to the management software game in light of its relative silence while Tivoli and CA have duked it out for supremacy.

The latest moves by HP follow the March announcement of new and updated tools for the sprawling OpenView software portfolio and continue a renewed focus by the firm.

The bevy of introductions announced today include the following:

  • Version 6.0 of the company's Network Node Manager software, one of the primary components of OpenView, as well as NetMetrix. The combination allows administrators to access extensive data on network performance and potential problem areas.

  • Network and application service-focused enhancements to IT/Operations Service Reporter and IT Service Manager.

  • New software policy options for HP's ManageX tools for management of the Microsoft Windows NT operating system and new plug-in software options for enterprise applications such as those provided by Baan.

    Network Node Manager 6.0 and NetMetrix 6.0 will be available this fall with prices starting at $4,995.

    "We have the products right now," said Olivier Helleboid, general manager of HP's OpenView software division. "In our industry there's way too much smoke and mirrors."

    HP also announced agreements to integrate with upcoming messaging server software code-named Trooper ISP from Netscape Communications and the LANDesk suite of desktop management software tools from Intel.