HP Advances Data Center Performance Services

HP rolls out new products and services for understanding the oceans of data in today's enterprise.

With the explosion of data in data centers, it has become increasingly difficult to manage and understand all of the information that is available to a modern enterprise.

That's where an updated set of products and services from HP is aiming to help, providing enterprise data centers with the analytics and insight necessary to benefit from their data.

Paul Muller, IT Management Evangelist at HP Software told InternetNews.com that the new Autonomy IDOL 10 server release is one part of the puzzle of understanding the mountain of data.

"With IDOL 10 combined with our Vertica analytics capabilities, we believe organizations will be able to understand 100 percent of not just their structured information, but their unstructured data as well," Muller said.

Both Vertica and Autonomy were recently acquired by HP. The Vertica acquisition came in February followed by Autonomy in August.

In addition to the IDOL 10 release, Muller noted that HP is launching a social intelligence solution and advanced information services to help organizations tap into social media channels to make better decisions.

From a performance perspective HP is also announcing new capabilities for the HP IT Performance Suite. Muller said that the new capabilities are also about enabling IT managers to harness unstructured data information sources. Muller added that the new Business Services Management (BSM) 9.1 release provides further capabilities to help predict IT service health into the future.

The new IT Performance Suite VP of Operations edition is a packaged set of software, services and best practices that helps executives to capture and correlate the performance of 50 key performance indicators (KPIs). There is also a VP of Applications edition for the IT Performance suite, with KPIs that are specific to the application management use-case.

The two new editions build on the CIO scorecard that HP launched in June of this year to help CIOs track IT performance.

"With the Operations and Application Editions, what we're doing is providing a horizontal scorecard," Muller said.

The horizontal nature of the new editions provides the ability to track, for example, the time taken for a code change to get into production, and the ability to track the utilization of infrastructure.

"Think of it as pre-packaged best practices and the software required to improve the performance of KPIs," Muller said.

Moving forward, Muller noted that there are still some unsolved challenges when it comes to computer science problems that HP is aiming to solve. One of those is about how to predict the future performance of highly virtualized servers.

"There are some fairly substantial computer science problems associated with simply managing distributed system and apps that are operating at massive scale that are used by billions of people," Muller said. "These are all big problems looking for new solutions and so we're excited by the opportunity to bring some meaningful management solutions to the table."

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals.

Tags: HP, analytics, big data

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