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HP Hoists Software Upgrades

HP has unveiled a slew of software enhancements designed to speed up the roll-out of new IT storage and server projects. (See HP Adds Software, Services.)

The enhancements, focused on what HP describes as Business Technology Optimization (BTO), were unveiled today at an HP event dubbed "HP Software Universe" in Las Vegas. They leverage products from recent M&A activity by HP in this space, including the purchase of BTO specialist Mercury Interactive in a $4.5 billion deal last year, followed by the acquisition of Bristol Technology earlier this year. (See HP Finalizes Mercury Buy and HP Acquires Bristol.)

Specifically, HP has overhauled its software offerings around configuration management, Web 2.0 applications, and emerging compliance requirements, such as the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL). (See CA Joins CMDB Working Group, Keynote Monitors Web 2.0 Apps, and ITIL Irritates IT Managers.)

In the configuration management database (CMDB) arena, for instance, HP has enhanced its Universal CMDB offering, built on technology acquired when the vendor bought Mercury Interactive. (See HP Purchases Mercury.) Universal CMDB incorporates automatic discovery of devices, systems, and applications, and sets up a repository of information about them and their relationships to one another. Technologies covered by the platform include servers, storage, and networking devices. (See Storage Left Out of CMDB Loop, Opsware Adds Orchestrator, and Configure This!)

The software has now been expanded to share data from over 75 different applications within HP's BTO portfolio, including help desk, change management, and service management offerings.

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