HP Offers Peek Into OpenView Road Map


Hewlett-Packard Wednesday outlined its road map over the next two years for the OpenView management product line during the HP Software Forum here.

Driving the product family's development are several key customer challenges, including the need to get more out of existing infrastructure and faster proof of ROI on technology investments, said John Peters, director of solution planning at HP.

The road map also supports HP's Adaptive Enterprise strategy for delivering on-demand computing. During the conference, HP executives recommended a three-phase approach to developing IT infrastructure that supports fully adaptive business service management.

The OpenView road map contains new and enhanced features to support the three phases, which include Business Stability (identifying and monitoring current infrastructure), Business Efficiency (tying infrastructure to the business services it supports) and Business Agility (linking business processes to on-demand IT resources).

To improve interoperability between OpenView products, HP is developing a common data model across the family, said Bill Sudlow, HP's director of research and development.

"All of the information will be defined in a consistent way across the platform," he said.

That will lead to a consistent user interface across the OpenView product line, embodied by a new management console scheduled for general availability next year. The console will include a high-level summary dashboard, task-based navigation and seamless views across multiple OpenView products, he said.

HP plans to improve impact and root-cause analysis capabilities in its Network Node Manager (NNM) and Performance Insight for Networks network management products.

In addition, the vendor plans next year to add Linux support to NNM Advanced Edition, introduced this week, Sudlow said. NNM Starter Edition, also unveiled this week, will include Linux support when it becomes generally available later this year.

The company also plans to introduce integrated agentless probes for its Operations for Windows, Operations for Unix and Performance Manager systems management software, Sudlow said.

"There are certain environments where people are responsible for maintaining the basic health of systems . . . but they're not allowed to install agents," Sudlow said. "We will have the best of both worlds," he said.

HP this week also previewed Business Impact Analysis, a tool scheduled for availability next year that will measure the financial impact that infrastructure failures or performance degradations have on business.

The vendor also plans to improve its application management product capabilities by improving application topology discovery and adding probes to monitor customer experience, Peters said.

Finally, HP is setting out to improve support for Linux across the OpenView family, with plans to introduce native Linux versions of its applications, starting with NNM in the second half of this year, Peters said.