Hewlett-Packard is fleshing out its Openview systems management framework with the acquisition of ManageX, a systems management application for Windows NT environments. ManageX was developed by the Houston, Texas, based NuView, which has sold it to HP for an undisclosed sum.
Godfrey Jordan, UK programme manager for Openview, said: ?The importance of addressing the NT systems management market is more apparent than ever?.
Though Openview currently has 'intelligent agents' that run on Windows NT, the inclusion of a truly NT-centric tool will give systems managers more control over their NT servers, Jordan said.
ManageX will be sold by the HP channel, but HP will also be selling it directly via its newly set up direct software salesforce called SF11. This salesforce has been operational since 1 November, and in the UK will consist of 17 people.
Jordan added that ManageX uses Microsoft technology such as COM, DCOM and ActiveX. ManageX is based on Microsoft Management Console (MMC), Microsoft's approach towards a common interface for all Windows NT management products, and NuView had earlier committed to complying with Microsofts Web-Based Enterprise management (WBEM) specification.
About 20 NuView employees will join HP, where they are to become the basis of a newly formed NT business unit within HP?s Openview organisation.
Earlier this year, HP acquired Symantec?s Norton Administrator for Networks, another management product for PC networks, now marketed as Openview Desktop Administrator. HP admits both tools overlap partly, but states ManageX will be the strategic environment for future development in this field. Exposi, the NT and NetWare management portion of Norton Administrator for Networks, will become a snap-in to ManageX and will only be used for the management of Novell Netware networks.
In September, NuView announced that ManageX would be integrated with Compaq?s management applications, Insight Manager and Desktop Intelligent Manageability. At press time, HP could not confirm whether this integration would now go ahead as planned.
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