Hewlett Packard is developing technology to simplify and extend the management of IT infrastructure.
The 'object server' - the technology's work-in-progress name - will act as a configuration management database tool, managing middleware components through the HP OpenView platform.
This common software configuration management data repository, based on a pure Java object programming model, has been developed by the Amsterdam software lab behind HP's Service Desk component.
HP said the object server, due to ship by 2005, will strengthen its IT services management strategy (ITSM) as vendors look to develop an effective IT information library to store management data.
"Multiple OpenView-compatible products will run on a common data model and be controlled by a common graphical user interface," said Frank aan de Stegge, OpenView solution manager.
"It [the object server] does exist already but is not ready to ship, although OpenView Network Node Manager is already using some of its technology and user interface characteristics.
Work on Service Desk, HP's service level management tool, has been key to the development of the object server, which will be be HP's reference model for its ITSM vision.
Anton Knolmar, HP's EMEA software vice president, said HP is still looking to buy more companies. "Our acquisition programme is set to continue, with four or five more deals due into next year."
Version 5.0 of Service Desk is due before the end of 2004, adding near and real-time reporting, predictive service level compliance and jeopardy alerts.
HP said these improvements will prepare the way for the object server.
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