HP readies new OpenView version for Win NT

Fresh off the announcement of its $US200 million dollar global brand campaign, Hewlett-Packard is wasting no time in positioning for the new year with its plan to offer a new Windows NT version of its OpenView IT/Operations management tool.

HP officials confirmed on Monday that the company will introduce the new OpenView enterprise management tool in the next few months. The new OpenView IT/Operations model is expected to offer the same capabilities as HP's current Unix-based version.

Besides its Windows NT support, OpenView IT/Operations' new features will include a Windows 2000-based event consolidation console. One analyst offered kudos to HP for moving "to make sure they stay in the game."

"It's an excellent idea because it gets them on an ubiquitous platform. I think it's a good move for them," said Rich L. Ptak, vice president of systems and application management at the Hurwitz Group, in Framingham, Massachusetts. "It makes sense for them to address the needs of an NT-based environment. It opens it up greatly for a much bigger potential client base, especially if they make it easy to implement it and easy to install."

HP's OpenView IT/Operations is a management tool for uses such as application and network availability management. HP also has a tool called ManageX, which also provides application management, but is not as multifunctional as OpenView.

Ptak said he did not foresee a problem with the integration of ManageX with the new OpenView IT/Operations model, because it should provide the customer with something the applications-restricted ManageX could not -- complete network capability.

Other HP tools for Windows NT include OmniBack, for managing storage management, and Network Node Manager, for managing and monitoring nodes on a network.

Pricing for the new OpenView IT/Operations was not available.

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