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New HP Network Lifecycle Management Solution Helps Businesses Increase Network Productivity, Reduce Costs

PALO ALTO, Calif., Jan. 31, 2008

HP today introduced the HP Network Lifecycle Management (NLM) solution, which helps IT organizations monitor and manage business services to mitigate business risk and reduce the potential costs of service downtime.

By creating seamless workflows for network operators to triage, diagnose and repair a variety of network problems, the solution can boost IT staff efficiency and reduce network repair times.

The NLM solution is a key component of the HP Business Service Management (BSM) offering, which reduces service disruptions by improving visibility into the performance of networks, systems, and related components and the applications and business services IT teams deliver.

Three tightly integrated products comprise the NLM solution: HP Network Node Manager i-series (NNMi), HP NNM iSPI for Performance and HP Network Automation (formerly Opsware Network Automation System).

The solution provides network operators unified automation across HP's management products so networks can be managed holistically rather than with costly and complex individual tools. Features and customer benefits include:

  • Enables operators to solve more problems themselves, versus escalating, which increases productivity and reduces mean repair times with unified workflows for network fault, availability, performance and configuration management.

  • Boost efficiency and eliminate the time required for operators to manually construct and obtain performance data for a network path with automated discovery, visualization and performance reporting for network paths.

  • Increase productivity and eliminate the time required of operators to search within separate tools when troubleshooting network problems with contextual-based integrations. For example, when troubleshooting a network device, the integrations allow operators to access the information for that specific device when working between the integrated fault, performance and configuration management tools.

  • Reduce the cost of network downtime, poor performance and average resolution times with automated notification for operators - wherever they are when new incidents require their attention. With the solution, the time needed for escalation, reassignment and investigation by another operator is eliminated or reduced.

  • Reduce the total cost of ownership with out-of-the-box integrations among the solutions.

  • Components supported and maintained by HP.

"HP NNMi has dramatically improved our operator productivity and efficiency," said Scott Steves, systems network software consultant, State of Kansas. "Its ability to keep up with network changes in real time, reduce outages, offer consolidated user interfaces and avoid trouble ticket duplication saves our operators approximately 2,500 man-hours a year and reduces outages by 15 to 20 percent."

"The HP Network Lifecycle Management solution benefits our existing base of more than 11,000 HP Network Node Manager and OpenView customers and helps organizations drive down costs and reduce network downtime" said Ramin Sayar, senior director of products, Software, HP. "As the culmination of products leveraged from Opsware and our organic innovation, the HP NLM solution is evidence that we are strategically committed to leading the market and delivering significant business value to our customers."

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