HP gears up for Web services and pervasive computing

Hewlett-Packard is positioning its Openview and Netaction portfolios to take advantage of a future it sees as characterised by...

Hewlett-Packard is positioning its Openview and Netaction portfolios to take advantage of a future it sees as characterised by Web services and pervasive, intelligent device computing, writes Antony Adshead.

The announcements came amid more than 50 solution and product launches at the company's Software Universe event in Monte Carlo last week.

The centrepiece of the company's Openview announcements was the launch of Integrated Service Assurance in the Integrated Service Management suite of products. The software, which is available for Unix and Windows environments, allows network management information to be viewed at general and event-based levels. Users can also check network performance against keyed-in service level agreement metrics and be alerted by alarms or print reports.

The Netaction range of carrier-level network management tools was extended with the launch of numerous products including Netaction Web Services Transactioning, which allows users to connect disparate Web services applications, and Netaction Process Manager Interactive Edition, which enables composite applications for mobile devices to be developed.

Also announced was Utility Data Centre, a new platform for large computing environments. It can be configured at installation and reconfigured on the fly without physical changes having to be made, said HP. It can manage environments including servers and storage arrays and simplifies deployment of new applications and services.

The company also said that Application Server is Java 2 Enterprise Edition compatible, is fully scalable and would be made available as a free download.

The product announcements are slated to fit with what Bernard de Valence, European president and general manager, cited as HP's future in an environment characterised by the broadband Internet and mobile connectivity.

HP, he said, is focused on the "e-transformation" which has grown from within the enterprise through links with trading partners to the onset of software as a service in a future of an always-on Internet infrastructure carrying e-services and linked to intelligent devices, such as systems in cars and the home.

"We are moving to an environment where everything is connected in an eco-system of friendly, always-on, intelligent devices," he said.

Brenda Peffer, director of marketing for HP's Openview division, identified a service ethic as informing HP's strategy.

"Our target market is very service-minded towards its infrastructure," she said. "These days it is not just about making sure infrastructure is up and running. Today's problem is 'what service am I going to provide and am I meeting the commitments that I made?' This is the mindset among forward-thinking enterprises."

For news of HP's products and solutions announced at Software Universe go to www.hp.com.

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