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HP Sets Sights on Storage Automation

HP fleshed out its automation strategy today, bulking up its software in an attempt to rejuvenate its storage business.

"We're getting a deep level of automation across the board," said Ben Horowitz, vice president of HP's Business Technology Optimization division, during a conference call at the vendor's Software Universe event in Barcelona, Spain.

HP is unveiling a somewhat loosely defined product line called Automated Operations 1.0. This will encompass a set of software for automating and managing both business and IT services, according to the exec.

On the storage side, HP is looking to tie the provisioning elements of its Storage Essentials software to the Application Storage Automation System (ASAS) product it acquired when it bought Opsware for $1.6 billion earlier this year.

Storage provisioning was the missing piece when ASAS was launched a few months ago, although HP claims to have now closed this loop.

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