Hewlett-Packard says its HP OneView appliance relies on automation software to improve efficiency in managing multiple data-center servers. The appliance has an interactive map for a quick view of server availability, which leads to easier and faster configuration, Joab Jackson writes.
Hewlett-Packard has announced new Probook 400 laptops, including a 15.6-inch touch-screen option, that are leaner and weigh less than previous HP laptops. The systems are touted as offering at least eight hours of power. HP also announced a new scanner and new printers targeted at small to midsized businesses. "Our SMB customers often play multiple roles within their organization -- from managers to accounting to IT -- and they require flexible, high-performance tools to complete their varied business tasks," HP's Chris Ogburn says.
Hewlett-Packard introduced HP Service Virtualization 2.3, with features designed to give end users more options for testing code during product development. Service virtualization -- which provides a platform for simulating how third-party processes will work in a production environment without the need to connect to external sources -- is also offered by IBM, CA Technologies and Parasoft.
Vendors are focusing on network-security management, which is fostering competition as new tools hit the market, according to this analysis. Vendors such as Hewlett-Packard and defense contractors such as Raytheon are offering software options for keeping networks safer and controlling data sharing.