Two announcements made last week at the HP OpenView 2000 Conference are designed to bring the HP OpenView enterprise and systems management product suite to a whole new set of network administrators.
Hewlett-Packard announced OpenView Express 2.0, which brings OpenView support and functionality to Windows NT and Windows 2000. In a similar fashion, Dirig Software unveiled its Smart Plug-In for the Linux environment to provide management capabilities for customers running applications on Windows-based systems that operate in conjunction with Linux servers running the Apache Web server.
HP is claiming that OpenView Express 2.0 can be installed in just a few days, and to show customers firsthand the capabilities it offers, HP will provide a one-day onsite assessment and installation of the product, according to Patty Azzarello, general manager of HP's OpenView software business unit.
HP OpenView Express should be just what the doctor ordered for midmarket companies and organisations that must deploy a management fix but have little time or resources to experiment with, said Dennis Drogseth, director of US-based consultancy company Enterprise Management Associates.
"You've got to be able to test [operations within an enterprise] out if you're going to succeed," Drogseth said.
Gay Sherman, customer support services and information technology senior administrator at Orange County Public Schools in the US, said HP OpenView Express helped her department cope with a serious Internet connectivity problem being experienced throughout the 150 schools in her system.
Sherman said she is using OpenView Express to manage 100 file servers running HP OpenView Network Node Manager and monitoring Cisco routers and a few switches in the district school office. She said deployment of the product took her three days.
OpenView Express provides Internet Information Service (IIS) monitoring, real-time alert notification and firewall security, HP OpenView officials said.
By making Apache/Linux Web server environments accessible to enterprises that had little use for OpenView before, Dirig is helping the software management company target a new audience eager to consolidate its management products, said US-based Meta Group analyst Corey Ferengul.
"Dirig is getting HP to platforms [that HP] couldn't get to fast enough," Ferengul said. "These guys are someone to be taken seriously in the agent space. This gives a lot of credibility to HP."Ferengul said he was particularly impressed with Dirig's auto-baselining technology used to re-configure a company's threshold based upon its normal existing operational levels.
The new HP OpenView Smart Plug-In for Apache is expected to be available next month. HP OpenView Express 2.0 is available now. www.hp.com.au