Hewlett-Packard announced several new software platforms during the opening day of its HP Software Universe 2010 conference, including HP Business Service Management 9.0 and HP Test Data Management. HP Business Service Management 9.0 gives IT pros the ability to mange applications' performance and meet service-level agreements, while HP Test Data Management automates some of the processes and reduces a few of the risks associated with application testing. HP will use the conference to highlight a number of initiatives.
WASHINGTON, D.C.-Hewlett-Packard is announcing several new platforms
during the opening day of its HP Software Universe 2010 conference,
including HP Test Data Management, which accelerates application
testing, and HP Business Service Management 9.0, which gives IT
administrators tools to manage application performance.
HP used its week of presentations at Maryland's Gaylord Center to
roll out its new management solutions, which attempt to leverage the
enterprise's increasingly hybridized environment. HP Business Service
Management (BSM) 9.0 offers IT administrators the ability to manage
application performance, as well as use collaboration tools to deliver
data to appropriate team members, even on mobile devices. It automates
the event resolution process, in theory reducing troubleshooting costs,
and eliminates redundant events.
BSM 9.0 also offers a run-time service model, which updates the
complete run-time environment of the application service, whether the
application is running on- or off-premises, or in a virtual
environment; this integrates with the HP Configuration Management
System, giving IT administrators a more accurate picture of the current
IT service state. It includes integrated virtualization support for
various levels of the IT service tier, including not only applications,
but also servers and networks.
"IT delivery is fundamentally changing," Bill Veghte, the newly
appointed executive vice president of HP Software & Solutions, said
during a June 15 press event that opened the conference. "With a
unified view of your IT portfolio, even if you got a perfect picture of
it, three minutes later it would be inaccurate."
BSM 9.0, Veghte said, "can give IT organizations a near-real-time
view and do it across hybrid environments." The key with enterprise IT,
he added, "is that it's not only in the traditional data center, but
also a virtualized environment and the cloud."
Reflecting his previous history with Microsoft, where he helped
oversee the development of several succeeding editions of Windows,
Veghte also emphasized BSM 9.0's interface, which he described as
presenting controls and tools "in a visually compelling, clear way for
New software included with BSM 9.0 ranges from HP BAC Anywhere, a
service that administrators can use to monitor their external Web
applications from anywhere offsite, to HP Operations Manager i 9.0,
which utilizes smart plug-ins (SPIs) to automatically discover
"Innovating by using new technologies offers organizations many
benefits, but also introduces new complexities that cannot go
unchecked," Erik Frieberg, vice president of HP's Business Technology
Optimization Operations, Software and Solutions, wrote in a June 15
statement ahead of the conference opening. "The HP BSM portfolio helps
clients by providing a simplified, integrated and automated technology
HP Test Data Management (TDM), another piece of software being
announced at the conference, automates the process of collecting test
data from live applications, and accelerates application testing
through a combination of masking and automated data extraction.
In theory, by reducing the time required to extract the large
amounts of distributed data needed for testing, TDM reduces business
risk and project delays; it also increases security through the masking
of sensitive data, and reduces the storage footprint and cost of data
storage for databases used in testing environments. Lastly, the
combination of automation and risk-reduction frees up resources to
focus on other tasks.
"Executives need to drive new innovations quickly without adding
risk," Jonathan Rende, vice president and general manager of HP's
Business Technology Optimization Applications, Software and Solutions,
wrote in a June 15 statement. "With HP Test Data Management and new
partnership with CollabNet, enterprise software teams can better
collaborate and speed delivery of high quality software to power
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