HP Solidifies Adaptive Management Strategy

At the HP Software Forum, HP brought its Adaptive Management vision into sharper focus and filled in pieces of that vision with new and enhanced offerings.

CHICAGO—Hewlett-Packard Co. Monday at the HP Software Forum brought its Adaptive Management vision into sharper focus and filled in pieces of that vision with new and enhanced offerings.

According to HPs vision, IT infrastructure has to be adaptable for any business event to be an enabler for change. That means greater automation and virtualization, said Nora Denzel, senior vice president and general manager of HPs Global Software Business Unit in her keynote Monday.

"Adaptive is about IT business management—managing end-to-end services. The ultimate state of IT fitness is when supply and demand match, so that every business process triggers an automated IT response," she said.

Getting there requires evolutionary changes that involve people, technology and processes. "You have to train people, make process changes and invest in new technology. Without those, you cant have an adaptive enterprise," Denzel said.

The first phase in that evolution—one that a majority of HP customers have made—is to create a stable business environment. The second phase, business efficiency, is about IT services management as well as integrated and clustered resources. Denzel estimated that 30 percent of HP customers are there. The third phase, real-time business agility, involves consolidated servers and storage, business processes linked to IT environments, standard interfaces that link different infrastructure elements, and the virtualization and federation of all resources.

OpenView users at the Commonwealth of Massachusetts fit into the business stability phase, where "operational stability" is preached, according to Richard Glasberg, director of data communications in Boston.

"A lot of building blocks still have to be put in place to see [HPs vision] through. Its been a long time coming," he said of the Adaptive Management strategy.

Still, Denzel said, HP today offers products for each phase.

New offerings that address the business stability phase include OpenView Network Node Manager Advanced 7.0. It adds more intelligence in its diagnostic engine to enhance root cause analysis and reduce mean time to repair by gathering additional data on a problem from syslog data files. The new option, which will be sold alongside a Network Node Manager Standard version, also provides Layer 2 problem diagnostics.

Network Node Manager Advanced 7.0, due by the end of September, is expected to start at about $10,000, a $5,000 premium over the Standard version.