HP announced today announced it’s acquisition of Opsware, gaining a number of products that appear to have considerable overlap with existing HP offerings. Enterprise Management Institute analyst Andi Mann suggested to me that Opsware offers a server and network management component that compliments HP’s network management prowess. We’ll get a better picture of product and service offerings coming out of the acquisition over the next several months. I’ll be watching to see what products are axed, which are integrated and which ones remain as distinct offerings in the HP product and service realm. I think the interesting areas will be in the integration of change management systems that the two companies offer. Another area that I’ll be interested in see product development work is in seeing how well the data center server management tools are integrated. If you’re working at a company that uses Opsware and you have insights or suggestions on interesting places to watch from an IT perspective, I welcome your emails and comments.