Hewlett-Packard Announces Web-based PC Management System
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Hewlett-Packard announced a new version of HP TopTools, describing it as "the industry's first fully functional, Web-browser-based PC-management application."
It includes a new centralized information tool that allows managers to search, select and group hundreds of PCs and manage them using Desktop Management Interface (DMI) information.
The vendor also announced a new line of HP Vectra VL PCs that can be turned on and off remotely via LAN cards from any major supplier. Hewlett-Packard is hailing this as a "breakthrough in PC management technology" because it allows customers to build networked HP Vectra PC environments using industry-standard networking components from vendors of their choice.
Prices start at around #786 (exc. VAT) for an HP Vectra VL7 6/233 Pentium II, with 32MB RAM and a 3.2GB hard disk. Every HP Vectra VL PC comes with HP TopTools.
HP TopTools includes a dynamic link to the HP support Web site, enabling managers to download the latest BIOS in the TopTools registry for easy, push-button updates.
The new version of HP TopTools is expected to be available for free download in April.
The UK's 26th largest exporter, Hewlett-Packard Limited, had a turnover of #1.9 billion in 1996. The company has five R&D and manufacturing divisions in the UK, and over a third of HP's long-range global research is performed at HP Laboratories in Bristol.