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HP, VMware Link Arms to Manage Virtual, Physical Resources

Hewlett-Packard on Wednesday announced it will align its powerful data center management products with VMware's virtualization technology.

In the past, HP has linked its systems management software to VMware's through an external interface. Now ties between the two will be built into the respective product lines.

HP and VMware announced the joint R&D effort at HP's Software Universe for customers and partners in Las Vegas this week. It's a sign that virtualization is such a strong phenomenon that managing the virtualized environment is no longer a stepchild of systems management; it's being built into the core of management software.
"We've previously done this through the interfaces they've provided," said Sharmila Shahani, chief marketing officer for HP Software and former executive VP of marketing at Opsware, a company that HP acquired 11 months ago. "Now we're entering a joint collaboration of managing the virtualized environment. This is strategic research and development as well as strategic marketing."

The closer collaboration should begin to erase the divide between views of physical resources versus virtual machines.

HP Business Service management will monitor both physical and virtual environments. Upcoming products, such as Business Availability Center 7.5, to be available in July, will manage composite applications and transactions in both real and virtual resources, Shahani said. Upcoming releases of HP Operations Center and HP Network Management Center will monitor both physical and virtual resources.

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