Hewlett-Packard has cobbled together what it considers the best elements from its multiple service and management software stacks into an integrated data center automation system.
HP Automated Operations 1.0 includes elements from the HP Open View management systems, says InformationWeek, as well as technology picked up from the Peregrine, Mercury and Opsware acquisitions over the past two years.
The combined suite includes a Business Services Automation kit designed to automate the launch and retirement of physical and virtual servers and associated network resources, storage and applications. Also included is an IT Service Management system that detects and corrects problems with business services, acting as a storehouse for original server and application configuration data.
The history of automation systems is rife with dashed expectations. Far too often, the promise of reduced manual operations and streamlined functionality has hit the brick wall of incompatible network resources and overly complex software environments. HP may be on to something with a unified approach, but it will have to prove itself in the real world first.