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HP Fills Out OpenView Management Suite

HP has added perks to its OpenView Application Management suite to make application development and IT operations more efficient and cost-effective.

Company officials said HP completed the enhancements to address the idea that three quarters of software ownership costs are racked up in the creation and maintenance of applications. By adding management features to the application management segment of the OpenView platform sooner in the lifecycle, the vendor aims to help customers lower their ownership expenses.

For example, when an application is built and deployed, management software is used to monitor that application once it goes into production. But customers are realizing management needs to begin sooner in the application lifecycle to be more beneficial and cost-effective, according to Jon Atkins, Solution Marketing Manager.

"IT has finite resources. They have $100 to spend and they have to spend that in the best place," said Atkins. "Right now, they're spending quite a bit of that $100 on tedious maintenance tasks that can be automated, such as isolating an application problem so that it can be fixed faster. CIOs have an opportunity to shift money and resources into innovation."

Atkins said new the new tools will help customers of Microsoft .NET, COM/COM+ and J2EE application platforms, operating systems and databases manage their software from the network and infrastructure layers, up to the application.

New and enhanced tools of the HP OpenView Application Management portfolio include: JMX Metric Builder, which plugs into BEA WebLogic Workshop to instrument applications for Java Management Extensions (JMX); Select Identity application connectors to create and update user accounts; Radia Application templates for rapid deployment of J2EE, Web servers and database servers; and Internet Services 6.0, which boasts a new graphical user interface (GUI) and troubleshooting packs.

The Palo Alto, Calif., company also created or updated plug-ins for a number of software packages, including BEA WebLogic Integration, Tuxedo Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Virtual Server, Microsoft Enterprise Server, SAP NetWeaver, Unix OS, Web Server and Remedy. Also, Transaction Analyzer 3.0 now covers .NET CLR and SOAP monitoring and WebLogic Portal 8 portlets.

Atkins also said change configuration management from its acquisition of Novadigm and identity management from its SelectAccess buy have been added to provision infrastructure and user permission.

Ideally, such tools will help HP better compete for market share versus fellow management software rivals Computer Associates , IBM , BMC and Compuware. Analysts, which regard the management software space as broad and sweeping, say the space has a multi-billion-dollar market potential.