Hewlett-Packard Co. at its HP Software Forum in Denver next week will address two hot topics with new offerings that provide compliance management and full life-cycle management for service-oriented architectures.
HPs OpenView SOA Manager takes a holistic approach to managing SOA environments by going beyond Web services transaction management to managing loosely coupled services, their activities and the IT infrastructure elements they rely on.
Coupled with new SOA-oriented HP consulting services, OpenView SOA Manager can be used to develop and enforce SOA policies, create SOA SLAs (service-level agreements) and manage the full SOA service life cycle.
OpenView SOA Manager has two parts: a services management aspect that covers traditional Web services such as monitoring, security, auditing and reporting, and a meta-manager platform that consolidates all types of management capabilities in an environment, HP officials said.
OpenView SOA Manager, based on the WSDM (Web Services Distributed Management), shows how the IT infrastructure can affect a business service.
OpenView SOA Manager, along with the consulting services, is intended to help enterprises achieve their expected return on investment from SOA projects by providing greater control over the loosely coupled services in the architecture.
"What the HP product brings to the table thats unique and almost revolutionary is the idea that to manage a group of messages, there is no one-time requirement that a manager be intermediated by the HP tool itself," said one beta tester at a major financial institution, who asked not to be named.
OpenView SOA Manager consists of platform-specific agents for BEA Systems Inc.s WebLogic and Microsoft Corp.s .Net services. It also includes brokers that work with different message-oriented middleware offerings and the services platform for broader integration. It is available now.
The OpenView Compliance Manager extends HPs Performance Insight tool with a new set of reporting functions, a dashboard and instrumentation focused on compliance with regulatory requirements such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. It adds intellectual property gleaned from HPs internal auditing organization that includes the ability to gather, analyze, compile and report on compliance and IT risk data within the dashboard.
HP OpenView users at the Amegy Bank of Texas said they believe Compliance Manager will automate many tasks, according to Cindy Davis, vice president of information risk management at the bank in Houston.
"When I tie [other OpenView] monitoring systems to Compliance Manager, it will do all the tracking for me. Thatll save me three full-time people," Davis said.