HP strengthens OpenView portfolio

The gap between application development and IT operations is bridged as HP strengthens its OpenView software portfolio.

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By  Sarah Gain Published  February 2, 2005

Including management capabilities earlier in and throughout the application lifecycle can reduce application costs that occur after it has been deployed. HP’s OpenView application management portfolio now includes new and updated products that manage applications in production. The solutions allow customers to build and performance-tune manageable applications whilst also ensuring successful deployment and reducing the overall costs of application by automating user and application provisioning. According to Glenn O’Donnell, analyst for the Meta Group, this type of full lifecycle approach is necessary as application services become more complex in order to develop, optimise, deploy and maintain applications to keep up with the changing needs of businesses. “IT organisations must develop comprehensive application management practices that eliminate the traditional barriers between development, operations, infrastructure and other entities in the organisation,” he says. The new application management solutions enable a close collaboration between development and IT operations. They enable IT to provide consistently available, well-performing applications, as the automation of routine and labour-intensive tasks, reduces the overall application costs and shifts resources from maintenance to innovation. “By integrating technologies from recent acquisitions, enhancing existing products and introducing new programs, HP have grown its application management portfolio and reinforced its commitment to providing solutions that reduce complexity and costs for its customers,” says Anas Jwaied, software sales director at HP Middle East. This changes the emphasis of HP application management solutions from straightforward infrastructure events in the data centre and allows them to provide substantial breadth and depth of coverage for customers. Customers will now be able to manage their entire application environment, from the underlying network and infrastructure components to the application itself, with broad out-of-box coverage of some of the most popular packaged applications, platforms, databases and operating systems. They can now capitalise on their IT investment by reducing the need for complex integrations between multiple vendors’ point tools and because the components can be implemented in a modular fashion, customers retain the flexibility to complement existing functionality. The new OpenView application readiness program allows reseller and system integrator partners to leverage management tools earlier in the application lifecycle to provide improved performance from applications in a pre-production environment and achieve successful deployment. The program includes new licensing models for the HP internet services and transaction analyser, along with external and internal load testing services from Keynote Systems, HP’s OpenView technology partner. Mellilo Consulting is one of the first channel partners to join the program. The director of business development at the company, Keith Wilson explains that the latest application readiness program is enabling Melillo to help its customers to ensure that their applications are fully optimised and will perform as expected in a production environment. “Injecting management earlier in the development-deployment lifecycle provides customers with better performing applications in support of key business processes,” he says. The enhanced tools of the management portfolio permit HP’s JMX metric builder to now be plugged into BEA WebLogic Workshop, instrumenting applications for Java management extensions (JMX) to achieve application manageability once deployed. The creation and updating of user accounts and profiles and group memberships is also possible via select identity application connectors. Radia application templates are included for the rapid deployment of J2EE, web server and DB servers, and the 6.0 version of the OpenView internet services offers a new dashboard/graphical user interface (GUI) and troubleshooting insight packs (TIPS) to speed problem isolation.

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