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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.


For HP Operations Center, Lillian Hull.


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Software Universe in Hamburg sneak preview

Software Universe is only five weeks away. We hold this event twice each year, alternating between a United States and European location. The upcoming event is in Hamburg at the Congress Centre Hamburg (CCH) from Wednesday, December 16th – Friday, December 18th 2009.


(If you missed our last Software Universe in Las Vegas, you can download some of the presentations here.)


I’m very excited about this year’s show, as it gives me a chance to connect with many European customers and colleagues, many of whom I have only “met” through email and phone calls. In addition, there are many interesting presentations. Some highlights* (based on their relevancy to managing IT infrastructure - both physical and virtual) include:



Wednesday December 16


















16:00-16:45 Optimizing cost by automating your ITIL v3 processes
Jeroen Bronkhorst, Hewlett-Packard
17:00 - 17:45 “Monitoring ....inside the Cloud"
Vincenzo Asaro, Telecom Italia
18:00 - 18:45
Orchestrating Virtual Infrastructures with HP OO
Ralph Capasso, Hewlett-Packard


Thursday December 17






































09:00 - 09:45
Automating operations management with HP Operations Orchestration
Ralph Capasso, Hewlett-Packard
09:00 - 09:45
HP management of VMware vSphere: How does VMware fit in with your HP Software Infrastructure?
Terry Lyons, VMware
10:00 - 10:45
The all new Operations Center licensing model: escaping the hardware bonds
Jon Haworth and Peter Crosby, Hewlett-Packard 
11:45 - 12:30 HP Operations Manager i: Best practices and lessons learned at CMT
Kai-Uwe Jensen, Hewlett-Packard
15:15 - 16:00 BTO Impact of Virtualization on IT Management
Dennis Corning, Hewlett-Packard
15:15 - 16:00 Operations Center, the road ahead
Norm Follett, Hewlett-Packard 
16:30 - 17:15 HP Operations Manager on Linux
Lillian Hull and Hans-Peter Schmollinger, Hewlett-Packard 
16:30 - 17:15
Capabilities in a Virtualized environment
Lutz Bartsch, Hewlett-Packard


Friday December 18


















09:00 - 09:45 Virtualization SPI - VMware management plug-in for HP Operations Center
Jagannath Harish Gangaiah, Hewlett-Packard
11:45 - 12:30
HP Discovery and Dependency Mapping: a solution to regain control on your infrastructure
Thomas Wirtz, Hewlett-Packard
11:45 - 12:30 Integrated approach to monitoring and the challenges encountered and overcome
Mark Laird and Romain Maitret, Steria Ltd



* dates, times, and speakers subject to change


Hope to see you there.


For HP Operations Center, Peter Spielvogel.


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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.


For HP Operations Center, Lillian Hull.


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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.


For HP Operations Center, Lillian Hull.


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We Live and Die by Operations Manager (customer visit summary)

The absence of posts over the past two weeks was a result of traveling to meet customers as well as some of our partners. This is the first of several meeting summaries. Look for more examples of how customers use Operations Manager in upcoming posts.
- Peter


I was recently part of a team that spent half a day with one of our financial services customers. The agenda was focused around their current Operations Manager implementation and future plans, which include a new data center.


We also reviewed their feedback on the Operations Manager on Linux beta. Migrating to Linux will help them retire several aging Solaris servers. In addition, once they are comfortable with OML, they will migrate some OMW servers to OML.


They presented many charts and graphs about the types of events they manage and how they use Operations Manager along with several other HP and open source products. The volume of events they receive directly correlates with the trading volume in the market. Because of the number of events, they only keep history in Operations Manager for two days. They use a product called Splunk to search their historical log files.


Their architecture includes the usual high availability fail over systems distributed across multiple geographically separated data centers. They also gave us a demo that highlighted several use cases so we could see how they used our products in action.


One highlight of the day was a tour of their Operations Bridge. Dozens of screens showed events, system health, and performance. Operators each had about six monitors at their station. In addition, several large monitors at the front of the room called out the key screens, giving visibility to critical systems (as measured by business impact).


Of course, virtualization came up during our discussions. As with other financial service customers I have met, most of their virtualization is used for development and test systems. Production systems cannot afford even the small overhead that virtual hosts impose.


One great benefit of talking to power users such as this company is that they push the product (and product managers) to the limit. This is the sort of feedback that allows us to prioritize enhancements and make sure we are aligned with how our customers use the product.


During the close, our host stated “We live and die by Operations Manager”. This underscores the important role Operations Manager plays in customer environments. They use OM to ensure their systems meet the service level agreements to their customers by providing the optimal level of availability and performance.


For HP Operations Center, Peter Spielvogel.


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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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