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HP Delivers New and Enhanced Management for Cisco Network Environments
Enhanced Smart Way 2004 Program from HP Now Includes IP Telephony ManagementCHICAGO, JUNE 16, 2003
At its annual Software Forum here, HP (NYSE:HPQ) unveiled an advanced network management program, called Smart Way 2004, offering HP OpenView enterprise IP telephony, network infrastructure and service management for Cisco Systems network environments.
HP and Cisco continue to collaborate on new and enhanced products to provide their mutual customers with total solutions for their needs. This complementary expertise, along with extensive compatibility and interoperability between the companies' products, results in enhanced management capabilities for enterprise customers. Specific benefits include enhanced infrastructure performance, real-time fault management and reduced costs.
Smart Way 2004 is the next generation of the HP OpenView Smart Way program. It includes three modular solutions: a new management solution for Cisco IP telephony environments; an enhanced network management solution; and an enhanced service management solution -- all of which are designed to reduce the complexity and improve the efficiency of managing advanced technology networks.
"Today's announcement showcases HP's continued commitment to provide customers with industry-leading management software. Our success is not only evident by the strength of our technology and solutions, but by the company we keep," said Todd DeLaughter, vice president and general manager, HP OpenView Business Unit. "With Cisco, we're delivering innovative, end-to-end technology and business solutions to customers worldwide."
IP Telephony Management
Cisco and HP have jointly identified and fulfilled the network managebility requirements for successfully deploying IP telephony environments. As a result, Smart Way 2004 includes the first commercial solution in the industry to offer reporting capabilities specifically for anticipating loads on IP telephony networks and for managing capacity as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.
Now network administrators will be given diagnostics of impending capacity limitations that enable them to re-balance network loads using exisiting network resources and to grow more efficiently to meet increasing demands.
IP telephony management helps enterprises reduce costs by enabling better management of T1 lines and more efficient planning of resource acquisition for growing installations to ensure customers don't pay for more lines than they really need. New IP telephony management capabilities included in Smart Way 2004 are:
In order to remain competitive, enterprises have a growing need for real-time infrastructure management. To address this need, HP is offering an enhanced Enterprise Infrastructure Management solution, which integrates CiscoWorks with the comprehensive HP OpenView network management offering, Network Node Manager 7.0 Advanced. The integrated offering provides customers a quick and effective way to manage performance and identify and manage faults on their network infrastructures.
Network Node Manager 7.0 Advanced is designed for networks requiring advanced management of switches and virtual local area networks (VLANS), sophisticated root-cause analysis and distributed management of large networks. The software includes expanded Cisco device coverage and intelligence, such as categorization of Cisco alarms and enhanced Cisco VLAN discovery.
The Enterprise Infrastructure Management solution provides simple management of heterogeneous and homogeneous IP environments. This streamlined level of manageability is achieved by using network maps of Cisco and other IP devices with single pane of glass management views and cross-launching to CiscoWorks.
To resolve infrastructure problems before they affect business services as well as to facilitate the gathering and monitoring of critical business services on a Cisco network infrastructure, HP OpenVIew Smart Service Management for Cisco Environments ties network faults to business impacts and tunes the operation of an infrastructure to business metrics.
Customers get a graphic, service-level view with capabilities to provide diagnostic information on intelligent Cisco traps. As a result, IT administrators are empowered with the ability to quickly and easily identify problems, maintaining a high level of service availability.
As part of the Smart Way 2004 program, the HP Enterprise Services Management solution is being extended to include enhanced intelligence for Cisco devices, expanded Cisco device coverage and integration of additional HP OpenView Service Management capabilities.
"As a valued Cisco strategic alliance partner, HP and the OpenView team continue to demonstrate their dedication in providing Cisco customers with leading management solutions," said Jeff Krause, vice president and general manager, Cisco Enterprise Network Management. "Today's announcement of the IP telephony gateway performance and capacity solution as part of Smart Way 2004 provides our customers with a valuable reporting tool for successfully operating and managing IP telephony in enterprise environments."
"HP Openview and CiscoWorks offer a compelling proposition for medium to large customers' IT management needs. As a systems integrator with global reach, Pepperweed Consulting has come to appreciate that enterprises worldwide have an increasingly critical need for cost-effective, efficient IP telephony management," said Tom Reinsel, founder and chief executive officer, Pepperweed Consulting. "As an HP OpenView Authorized Executive Partner, we are especially excited about the work HP and Cisco are doing in the IP telephony space."
Smart Way 2004 is available worldwide via HP channel partners.
Enabling Management of an Adaptive Enterprise
Expansion of HP's support for Cisco environments is the latest in a series of successes related to the HP Adaptive Enterprise strategy, which allows customers to quickly and efficiently adapt their IT infrastructures to changing conditions in the market and customer demand.
In separate announcements today, HP further defined the evolutionary path for businesses demanding an intelligently managed adaptive enterprise and introduced more than 30 new and enhanced HP OpenView products, solutions and services.
Further, HP introduced enhanced integration capabilities, demonstrating the company's successful work with and through customers and partners to help end-users achieve their goals for achieving an adaptive enterprise.
CiscoWorks is a family of comprehensive network management tools that allow customers to easily access and manage the advanced capabilities of the Cisco AVVID architecture. The tools provide innovative ways to centrally manage critical network characteristics such as availability, responsiveness, resilience and security in a consistent way.
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