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Lillian's Crystal Ball: virtualization, Linux, and 7 billion communication devices

Another guest post by Lillian Hull, Product Manager for Operations Manager on Linux and Operations Manager on UNIX.
- Peter

I had the pleasure of attending the 45th annual IDC Directions 2010 in Santa Clara, CA earlier this month with a few of my colleagues.  This is the third Directions I’ve been to personally, and it was well worth the time.  It was great to be able to take a step back from the daily minutiae and contemplate the forces that are shaping the IT industry as well as spend some time with analysts.  While 2009 was certainly economically challenging across the globe, it appears that there are at least some bright areas in 2010.  For example, in 2010, some of the interesting highlights around IT include:
1.  there are some 7 billion communication devices in place of which 5 billion are not computers and
2. there are 50 million servers in place and 50% of those are virtual (“ICT Outlook: Recovering into a New World”, IDC March 2010).  I am excited by the opportunities for monitoring all these devices to help people manage the future.

Server trends in the industry show that while the Windows market will most likely continue to grow, and the UNIX market is expected to be flat to declining, Linux is a significant player with the Linux ecosystem estimated at $25B market by IDC.  Aligning with the direction of the market, HP released Operations Manager 9.0 on Linux last September 2009 and is starting to see more and more customers introduce it into their IT environments.

So, looking into my crystal ball, the road ahead looks a bit smoother this year than last year for the IT industry.  Do you see what I see?

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HP Operations Manager 9.0 on Unix - Solaris

What is your plan for Solaris? Are you planning to migrate to Linux?

While you decide your platform strategy, HP Operations Manager has you covered, whichever path you choose. We released Operations Manager 9.0 on Unix (HP-UX) last summer, followed by Operations Manager on Linux (OML) in September. Now, I am pleased to announce that HP Operations Manger 9.0 on Unix for Solaris is now generally available.

The leading Consolidated Event and Performance Management solution is supported on Oracle Solaris 10 running on SPARC hardware. We are providing a common web-based Administration UI across all of our Unix and Linux offerings as well as extending policy exchange across Linux/Unix/Windows platforms. For both current and future customers, HP is there for you - is Oracle?

In addition to our standard license migration from OMU 8.x to OMU 9.x, we now have a migration program that allows customers to migrate to Operations Manager on Linux 9.0 from any version of Operations Manager 8.x.

In response to the current market dynamics, we are working with customers to help them transition smoothly from Solaris to Linux through our HP SunSet Complete Care program. This is a great opportunity to go to a more viable platform as customers migrate to HP Operations Manager.   For more details, please see the OM migration portal.

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Highlights from HP Software Universe in Hamburg

Another guest post from Lillian Hull, product manager for Operations Manager on Linux and Unix.
- Peter

I was quite pleased to be able to spend 3 days last December meeting with customers at our biannual conference, held in the U.S. and also in Europe.  HP Software Universe 2009 EMEA was in Hamburg, Germany with 150 agenda sessions, including 6 about Operations Center and provided a wealth of information and subject matter experts.

I co-presented with HP Operations Manager architect Hans-Peter Schmollinger on “HP Operations Manager 9 on Linux”.  The session was well-attended with approximately 100 people in the cavernous room.  HP OML 9 is the newest member of the HP Operations Manager family and already beginning to be utilized at several customer sites.  We covered configuration exchange among OM servers, OM monitoring the Cloud, migration and showed a live demo including policy types and versioning which are now common across OM supported platforms.

Here is some of the feedback we received about the presentation:

  • From a major telecom, “A very good, solid session.”

  • From another large telecom – “ positively surprised about HP OM capabilities after your session.” 

  • From a healthcare company, “One of the best technical sessions!”

  • From the public sector, “I was very inspired after your session.”

Though it was below 0 ° Celsius, we appreciate the very warm reception.

Thanks to the 3200+ customers, presenters and partners who helped make HP Software Universe in Hamburg very successful!  And hope to see you at the next HP Software Universe either in Washington D.C. in June 2010 or Barcelona, Spain in December 2010.

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Operations Manager 9.0 on Linux Now Available

I am excited to announce general availability of HP Operations Manager 9.0 on Linux! (That's me holding the media kit for OML.) Although Operations Manager has been able to monitor Linux system for years, this is the first version of Operations Manager that can run on a Linux server. This gives the increasing number of customers that have moved to Linux a way to standardize on that platform for all their monitoring needs.

This latest version of Operations Manager extends a 15-year tradition of innovation. It gives organizations the ability to reduce the cost of managing their increasingly complex IT environments by consolidating events into a central console and to speed the time to resolution by identifying the root cause of event storms.

As previously noted in this blog, HP is positioned in the “Leaders” quadrant in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for IT Event Correlation and Analysis.  IT Event Correlation and Analysis software helps decrease mean time to repair and prioritize IT support by how much value it provides to business processes. You can manage agents and perform configuration exchange among Operations Manager management servers on Unix, Windows and now Linux.

While it is a new offering that allows customers to leverage industry standard hardware (x86-64) and Linux open source software, it also shares the same level of stability and robustness as its ancestor, Operations Manager on Unix.  We have taken a large step in convergence of Operations Manager functionality across different platforms and are convinced that customers will reap the benefits of this commonality including decreased training costs and lower development costs through re-use of common elements.

Judging from the volume of email and phone calls I’ve been receiving asking about availability of HP Operations Manager on Linux, I’m positive there will be a healthy demand for the newest member of the HP Operations Center family of products.

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Your success is my success (customer visit summary)

Another guest post by Lillian Hull, product manager for Operations Manager on Unix.
- Peter Spielvogel

Earlier this month, my colleagues and I spent some time with one of our customers in the health insurance sector. They were interested in our plans around Operations Manager and in particular, Operations Manager i.

Their environment includes a variety of HP Software & Solutions products including Operations Manager on UNIX (OMU), Business Availability Center (BAC), Discovery and Dependency Mapping (DDM), Network Node Manager (NNM) and SiteScope (SiS). 

The portfolio is well-integrated and users familiar with BAC should feel right at home with OMi.  OMi can provide a single “operations bridge” to reduce operational costs. All events are sent to the operations bridge and monitored by staff well-versed in IT operations. This centralization makes it easier to distinguish between causes and symptoms to better isolate the cause of a set of events. This in turn leads to more rapid problem resolution.

As with many of our customers, another topic they wanted to talk more about was virtualization. They are using Linux and virtual machines. For many environments, the slight overhead of running OM in a virtual machine should not have significant impact on performance or scalability.

Finally, during the wrap-up, the customer told us how much they want to work with us and our host said that our success with Operations Manager is linked to his success as an infrastructure architect. His words were “your success is my success”. Our products are vital to keeping everything running smoothly in this organization. HP is very fortunate to have customers that share their insights with us as not just another vendor, but as a trusted adviser. And due to great customers like this one, I am confident we will both triumph.

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Introducing Operations Manager on Linux

Thanks to Lillian Hull, Product Manager for Operations Manager on Linux for providing the background information and customer quotes for this blog post.
- Peter

HP Operations Manager has long had the ability to monitor Linux servers. We are now getting ready to release a version of Operations Manager that runs on Linux. This complements our existing Operations Manager on Windows (OMW) and Operations Manager on Unix (OMU).

Linux penguin

At HP Software Universe in June 2009, HP disclosed that Operations Manager on Linux was in external pre-release review (many software companies call this a beta program). Here is some of the feedback we received:

  • “This is the smoothest installation I’ve ever done.” 

  • “We downloaded OMU 8 polices and uploaded to OM Linux and verified they were viewable and editable in the new Administration UI.  These steps went without any problems.”

  • “For everything we tried, OM Linux is rock solid.”

Customers are moving to Linux for several reasons. The key drivers include: desire to standardize on a single platform, cost reduction, find an alternative to Windows, and leverage open source solutions including customizing them to meet specific domain-specific needs.

Giving customers the ability to run Operations Manager on Linux will complement HP’s support of Linux on HP Integrity servers and HP Proliant servers.

We have now successfully completed the external pre-release review phase of this program and are actively working towards general availability of this exciting new offering.

For HP Operations Center, Peter Spielvogel.

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10 Reasons to upgrade to OMU 9.0 (podcast)

Here is a short podcast that I recorded with Lillian Hull, OMU product manager, on “10 reasons to upgrade to OMU 9.0”.

Listen to the podcast now (5:19).

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