Stopping short of labeling it "master data management," the company offers starting points for connecting inefficient silos of data.
Calif. - Hewlett-Packard updated both its products/service package and its
marketing message April 5 in the category of information-management software
there is more news at this time in the way the company is presenting its
software and services to potential buyers than the launch of any new products
themselves. But the positioning of existing products to new and emerging
markets is as important as anything else in this business.
first at connecting those hard-to-move, siloed data containers that are prevalent
in so many IT systems-is unifying its data center management products in a
holistic approach to information management. The initiative now sits under the
company's new Instant-On Enterprise marketing umbrella.
HP defines an
Instant-On Enterprise as one that embeds business intelligence into everything
it does to bring a transparent, real-time view of information across the
organization. This information is then made available to everybody in the value
chain-to service customers, employees, partners, distributors and contractors-to
get them what they need instantly.
silos, and the people who run them, to cooperate is the ideal, of course, but
it's much all easier said than done.
Not Exactly Master Data Management
HP is stopping
short of calling this a new way to do master data management. It turns out the
company doesn't want that image-one that has long been misunderstood-clouding
its own initiative.
management, or MDM, is a set of processes and tools that consistently defines
and manages the non-transactional data entities of an organization-some of
which may be reference data). MDM has the objective of providing processes for
collecting, aggregating, matching, consolidating, quality-assuring, persisting
and distributing such data throughout an organization to ensure consistency and
control in the ongoing maintenance and application use of this information.
The term is
based on the concept of the old "master file" from days past. MDM is
similar to virtual or federated database management.
HP, for almost
any size enterprise, certainly has all the point products and services to fill
in most of the blanks when it comes to IM. However, two respected IM solution
strategists told eWEEK that the company is not yet ready to come forth with a
singular platform that can fill all the management gaps that IT systems might
proliferation of silos and differing hardware and software across enterprises
is so vast, having been built up over a number of years in systems that work
well enough, that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to all of this,"
said Randy Kahn, who heads up a team of consultants at Kahn Consulting. Kahn
addressed a small group of analysts and journalists at HP Pavilion.
new companies and companies looking to refresh and modernize their systems, HP
is a one-stop shop for getting all this done."
Get Your 'To-Do' list Together
vice president of research and analyst services at Enterprise Strategy Group,
said that the first thing enterprises need to do when looking at modernizing a
system is to "make a list, like those 'honey do'-type lists. Figure out
just one pain point to cure, do it and then move on to the next one. Don't be
overwhelmed by everything all at once. And it can be overwhelming."
worldwide product marketing director, HP Software, told the group that an
overall strategy is of utmost importance in getting an older IT system up to
speed to handle the spiraling-up influx of new data into storage, and that just
installing a "master data management"-type platform isn't necessarily
the answer to all the demands that siloed big data brings.
really have to start with the people who own the data," Manley said.
"Who manages the info? Who's in charge of the archives? E-discovery?
Backup? And so on. Get these people together first, figure out a high-level
strategy on how you want to proceed, then call in the outside help, and go from
roundup of the new and/or updated products and services announced April 5 in
the HP information management product group.
HP Integrated Archive
Platform (storage): This now scales to manage up to 1PB of
data, 300,000 users and 20 million email messages per day. It also now
supports VMware vSphere for small to midsize enterprises.
- HP TRIM Enterprise Records
Management has been enhanced with multi-jurisdictional
retention, which automates retention schedules across multiple countries
and within multinational enterprises. A new bulk data-loading capability
reduces costs with faster throughput of bulk record updates.
HP Database Archiving (storage) is now integrated with HP TRIM to give clients one platform for
managing their structured information, as well as new connectivity to
archive data from legacy systems during the application retirement
HP Data Protector software (security) now provides granular recovery extension for VMware vSphere, as
well as snapshot support for 3PAR and non-HP arrays. HP Data Protector
also adds down-to-the-second snapshot recovery to HP StorageWorks P4000.
Good news for storage administrators: No scripting required; it's all preconfigured.
- HP Data Protector Reporter (data backup) gives organizations better insight into their backup
operations with enterprise-level, multisite global analysis and reporting.
- HP Storage Essentials software aims to improve alignment of storage capacity to business needs.
Its Backup Manager plug-in for HP Data Protector helps monitor the entire
backup process with a complete picture of the information state.
updates are available now, HP said.