HP roadmap focuses on management software products

Hewlett-Packard has unveiled its management software product road-map for dozens of products through 2005, describing software to...

Hewlett-Packard has unveiled its management software product road-map for dozens of products through 2005, describing software to manage Wi-Fi and voice-over-IP networks as well as a Linux-based management server.

One significant announcement was OpenView Operations for Linux, which will appear sometime in 2005. It is expected to start out as an entry-level management server based on Linux, said Scott Fulton, director of application management products at HP. 

HP has already ventured into the Linux world with its OpenView Network Node Manager running on Linux. That product was released at the end of last year, Fulton said. 

A product called IP Telephony Voice Path Analysis will be released by the end of this year to address the growing need for prioritising voice traffic over IP networks as VoIP's popularity grows. A Wi-Fi network management product will appear in 2005, he said. 

Joe Gersch, a director of OpenView Forum International, an independent user group with 7,000 members which sponsors the HP Software Forum jointly with HP, said he found the VoIP and Wi-Fi management announcements "forward-thinking" because of the growth in both markets. 

But Gersch said the products with greater long-term impact will come from a push into business process management, with the first release of Business Process Insight next month.

A BPI revision will appear in 2005 that automatically allocates IT resources such as servers and switches to maximise system performance, Fulton said. It will be based in part on technology from two companies that HP purchased, Novadigm and Consera. 

In addition, HP's OpenView Network Node Manager will have its 7.5 release later this year, and a full 8.0 version will appear next year, he said.

Another product HP introduced this week, Route Analytics Management System, will be updated to Version 2.5 by the end of the year, with Version 3.0 coming next year.

Matt Hamblen writes for Computerworld

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