HP readies OpenView tool for NT

Hewlett-Packard is broadening the scope of its OpenView IT/Operations enterprise management tool with a new version that supports Windows NT

The software, available from early next year, will offer all the features and functions of the current Unix-based version, and is expected to offer faster performance.

It also includes a Windows 2000-based event consolidation console and tools for discovering underlying problems. For mixed platform companies, it should prove a significant improvement over HP's current Unix version of IT/Operations.

The new tool monitors system, application and network availability in mixed NT and Unix server environments. IT/Operations, which runs on a variety of Unix platforms, monitors parameters such as CPU use and disk and memory use and provides network monitoring through the integrated OpenView Network Node Manager. A series of plug-ins provides application monitoring.

The drawback for current users is that the Unix version does not offer NT as a console option.