HP Expands OpenView

Hewlett-Packard will move its OpenView tools beyond traditional monitoring and alerting.

Along with outlining its strategy for adaptive management for IT infrastructure, Hewlett-Packard Co. on Tuesday will introduce a series of new and enhanced OpenView tools, which provide the foundation for its adaptive management vision.

HP will move its OpenView tools beyond traditional monitoring and alerting to be able to intelligently respond to changing demands by re-provisioning resources in the data center.

The new OpenView products, which will debut at the HP Software Universe user event in Lisbon, Portugal, address four key areas of the strategy: Web services, network management, Windows management as well as the OpenView community of partners and services.

HPs OpenView Web Service Management Engine will extend management functions beyond Web services platforms such as BEA WebLogic or IBM WebSphere servers to manage the Web service itself. The engine will allow users to provision the Web services by intercepting Simple Object Access Protocol and WSDL-based Web service transactions.

At the same time HP added two new Smart Plug-ins to manage Sun Open Network Environment (Sun ONE) Web application servers as well as Microsofts .Net Server 2003 edition. HP also enhanced the Smart Plug-ins it announced last summer for the WebLogic and WebSphere servers. The enhanced Smart Plug-ins can determine application queue lengths inside the server.

HP also added new OpenView Smart Plug-ins to manage SOAP and Universal Description, Discovery and Integration servers along with a Web services management engine that allows users to plug an agent into a SOAP server that can intercept Web services transactions brokered through SOAP. Such functionality enables the automated provisioning of Web services based on rules or models for subscription-based Web services. It also enables the software to tag the transactions at a SOAP level to monitor Web services transactions piece by piece, as they move from one compound task to another.

HPs in-depth support for managing Web services is "a little bit ahead of demand," believes Rich Ptak, founder of Ptak & Associates Inc. in Amherst, N.H. "There arent many Web services applications out at this point. But as the development activity increases, there will be a need for it," he added.