HP and Microsoft to Provide Integration Between HP OpenView And Microsoft Systems Management Server

PALO ALTO, Calif./REDMOND, Wash., Sept. 23, 1996 — Hewlett Packard Co. and Microsoft Corp. today announced integration between HP OpenView and Microsoft® Systems Management Server. Working together, these products will help companies more easily deploy management systems for mixed Windows NT® operating system and UNIX environments and manage the rapid growth of Windows NT Server throughout corporations.

The combination of HP OpenView with Systems Management Server will give customers a highly scalable and distributed enterprise management solution. As a result, customers will be able to coordinate central policy, administration and problem management with the more distributed requirements of supporting the managed desktop.

“The success of Windows NT Server has driven IT managers’ demand for fully integrated enterprise tools for managing their Windows® environments,”
said Olivier Helleboid, general manager of HP’s OpenView program.
“Today’s announcement represents HP and Microsoft’s commitment to provide enterprise management solutions that suit all aspects of customers’ management requirements.”

“Working at the enterprise level, customers expect management products to work together to provide streamlined solutions that are easy to deploy and use,”
said Bob Kruger, general manager, systems management products at Microsoft.
“With the level of integration between OpenView and Systems Management Server announced today, customers will be better able to manage their mixed Windows NT and UNIX environments and take control of their rapidly growing, highly distributed Windows-based systems.”

In this first phase of a multiphase project to migrate HP OpenView products to
Windows NT, HP and Microsoft have worked together to integrate the next versions of HP OpenView IT/Administration and HP OpenView IT/Operations with Systems Management Server. As a result, OpenView operators will be able to use Systems Management Server’s highly distributed services to manage PCs as a fully integrated part of the overall enterprise.

With today’s announcement, these OpenView products will now recognize distributed systems managed by Systems Management Server as OpenView nodes. As a result, OpenView operators will be able to use information from Systems Management Server to plan desktop and Windows NT Server configuration changes and use Systems Management Server to execute changes at a convenient time. Operators using OpenView as the enterprise manager will be able to access the Systems Management Server relational database to explore the Systems Management Server systems hierarchy and retrieve inventory records.

OpenView operators will also be able to instruct Systems Management Server to distribute software and monitor the status of software deployments. When Systems Management Server detects problems, new IT/Operations templates will notify an OpenView operator with a detailed message describing the problem and suggesting appropriate corrective actions.

To accomplish these new levels of integration, HP will deliver enhanced IT/Administration and IT/Operations agents and templates that are specifically designed for installation with Systems Management Server. Microsoft plans to ship these OpenView agents with its next major release of Systems Management Server; HP will remain responsible for licensing and supporting this technology.

Demonstrated by HP for the first time at NetWorld+Interop ’96 in Atlanta, these enhancements will be available with the next versions of IT/Operations and IT/Administration in mid-1997. Over the coming months, HP also plans to release full Windows NT-based versions of HP OpenView Network Node Manager, OmniBack II and PerfView/MeasureWave.

Hewlett-Packard Co. is a leading global manufacturer of computing, communications and measurement products and services recognized for excellence in quality and support. HP has 108,300 employees and had revenue of $31.5 billion in its 1995 fiscal year.

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) is the worldwide leader in software for personal computers. The company offers a wide range of products and services for business and personal use, each designed with the mission of making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full power of personal computing every day.

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