Also in July, HP will roll out an enhanced version of its Utility Data Center, software that easily moves workloads and applications across resources in the data center and can respond to changes in that workload. Blackmore said the key to the enhanced version will be making it less of a major step for businesses to add the technology. The company wants to make it "more building block; right now its a big decision for customers to implement it all because there are a lot of changes required," he said. "Clearly the payback is there because customers are doing it, but we could even see greater and faster acceptance by having a building block approach. Our teams are working on that so you can build up to it as opposed to going for a big bang."Blackmore also answered some industry observers who say that HP is at a disadvantage against IBM becausebeyond the management software offer in OpenViewthe bulk of the companys software offering comes from partners like BEA Software Inc. and Oracle Corp., whereas Big Blue can offer an entirely IBM branded line, from hardware to software to services. "[The largest corporate accounts] look to one person, or one organization, to bring this together, and we are doing that with our software architecture," he said. "One, we have a lot of intellectual property in that. We did point out at the Adaptive Enterprise launch that all the top 100 companies happen to be huge OpenView users. "Customers ask us that we step up and be the integrator. One throat to choke, because what they dont want to do is be left with all the piece parts. So our architecture and our Adaptive Enterprise message is very clear: We will step up and be the integrator, and one throat to choke, and then the customer gets the advantage of choice and also gets the advantage of accountability." Latest HP News:
Analysts also have said that HP needs to improve the UDCs workload balancing capabilities for Windows and Linux so that it works as well as it does for Unix.