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HP Announces HP OpenView Enterprise Solutions Now Manage Mission-Critical LAN-Based Environments That Include Novell NetWare and Windows NT Server.

PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 4, 1996-- Hewlett-Packard Company today announced it has expanded its network and system-management offerings with a comprehensive set of scaleable information-technology (IT) management products that will allow customers to take control of their mission-critical LAN environments. These include Windows NT and Novell NetWare.

As a result, customers now can manage their LAN environments from one integrated and centralized industry-leading management solution, which should decrease the cost of managing and increase the level of service provided to end users.

These new IT management solutions cover network, system, application and database management. They complement HP's existing strong support for UNIX(R) system- and Windows-based environments, and provide customers with one solution for managing an open and heterogeneous enterprise.

Today's announcement includes new Windows NT- and Novell NetWare-based agents for leading HP OpenView enterprise management solutions, including IT/Operations, MeasureWare, IT/Administration and OmniBack II. It also includes HP OpenView Solution Framework products that now are supporting Windows NT, such as HP OpenView Network Node Manager, among others. There also will be new integration between HP OpenView and management solutions that are provided by Novell and Symantec.

"This announcement demonstrates HP's commitment to helping customers more effectively manage their Windows NT, Novell NetWare and UNIX system environments," said Olivier Helleboid, general manager of HP's Network and System Management Division. "These HP OpenView solutions give customers the tools they need to better manage today's complex LAN environments. IT managers can now provide end users in Novell NetWare and Windows NT environments with the same high levels of service they now provide to other parts of the organization."

THE EMERGING NEED FOR MANAGEMENT OF MISSION-CRITICAL LAN ENVIRONMENTS

Previously limited to word processing, spreadsheet manipulation and other office functions, LAN-based applications now include critical business functions such as order processing, billing and manufacturing control. As a result, comprehensive local-management solutions are becoming more important to IT managers who now are being asked to manage the availability and performance of LAN-based applications, and facilitate the daily operations and on-going configuration of local systems and services.

IT managers today require a comprehensive solution that can address the broad and diverse set of LAN management challenges facing them. The HP solutions announced today will enable IT organizations to manage these environments from a consistent, integrated and industry-leading solution that now spans from the enterprise to the desktop.

"The mission-critical workgroup environment has arrived," said Patrick McBride, an analyst at the META Group. "As a result, the lifeblood of a business can be running on an Intel-based system thousands of miles away from corporate headquarters."

NEW HP OPENVIEW SOLUTIONS

New HP OpenView functionality is provided in three ways. The first way is through new Windows NT- and Novell NetWare-based agents for the following leading HP OpenView enterprise management solutions: IT/Operations, MeasureWare, IT/Administration, OpenSpool and OmniBack II.

"I'm pleased to see HP bring MeasureWare functionality to the Windows NT platform, which now provides the type of data we currently receive for our UNIX systems," said Ron Welf, manager of system performance and capacity planning at Charles Schwab & Co. "This brings us a step closer to correlating usage and performance information across the entire scope of network and system resources required by a distributed application."

"We are very excited about the announcement of HP to extend the management of HP OpenView IT/Operations to Windows NT," said Michael Zurheide, MIS Director for the Axel Springer Verlag AG publishing company. "Now we will be able to consolidate status information of our mission-critical applications regardless of the operating system environment -- UNIX or Windows NT. This will improve service quality for our end-users who work in a heterogeneous environment."

New functionality announced today extends beyond the LAN server to the individual desktop PC. For example, through IT/Administration's agent for Novell NetWare environments, administrators can access more than 120 items of inventory data about each client PC system and the software installed on it.

Additionally, today's announced agents and modules for Windows NT provide an opportunity for greater levels of integration between HP OpenView products and Microsoft(R) Systems Management Server, as part of the previously announced cooperation between HP and Microsoft.

"The on-going work between HP and Microsoft to provide integration between HP OpenView and Systems Management Server will provide benefits to our mutual customers," said Bob Kruger, general manager, Business Systems Division at Microsoft.

The second way HP is providing distributed LAN management functionality is through key HP OpenView Solution Framework products that support Windows NT, in addition to existing support for UNIX system platforms. HP announced today plans to provide complete PerfView, IT/Operations, IT/Administration and OmniBack II support for Windows NT. As a result, HP OpenView customers can select their operating system of choice and can allocate management responsibilities flexibly among multiple operators on UNIX system and Windows NT-based systems.

Additionally, HP today announced that the industry-leading network management solution, HP OpenView Network Node Manager, also will be available on Windows NT. Now, customers can choose their preferred operating system while fulfilling requirements for network management from the local environment to the enterprise through three solutions: Network Node Manager on UNIX system, Network Node Manager on Windows NT and Workgroup Node Manager on Microsoft Windows. As a result, HP OpenView Solution Partners now can integrate their applications with a single set of common integration points that span all network-management solutions.

"We're very excited about the Network Node Manager on Windows NT and plan to take full advantage of its strong integration services and its ability to interoperate with HP's new fully distributed architecture," said Thomas Dyal, product line manager at Bay Networks. "HP's NT plans match our own strategic directions for scalable Optivity support of Windows NT."

The third way HP is providing improved management of LAN environments is through new integration between HP OpenView and management solutions provided by Novell and Symantec.

HP today announced today the HP OpenView for Windows Workgroup Node Manager Professional Suite. Based on the HP OpenView Workgroup Node Manager, the suite includes server NOS management software for Windows NT and Novell NetWare servers from Network Integration Inc. The suite also includes Symantec's Norton Administrator for Networks (NAN), which adds client support for inventory, software metering and distribution, antivirus protection, and Desktop-Management-Interface (DMI)-compliant equipment. Additionally, third-party vendors can develop applications that integrate with HP's Professional Suite the same way they previously have integrated with HP OpenView for Windows Workgroup Node Manager.

"Network administrators need to manage a breadth of PC environments ranging from the local workgroup to multiple LANs that are widely distributed," said Ted Schlein, Symantec vice president, Networking and Client/Server Technology. "Our integration of key Norton Administrator components to both HP OpenView for Windows and HP OpenView for UNIX system is an important part of our overall strategy and a key requirement for our customers."

Today's announcement also includes additional Novell ManageWise integration with HP OpenView Network Node Manager, HP OpenView IT/Operations and HP MeasureWare. For more information, refer to today's separate press release on this integration.

FLEXIBLE ALLOCATION OF MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITY

The solutions announced today enable management responsibility to reside within the LAN environment itself, or at the corporate level, site level or business-unit IT levels. IT management solutions must adapt to the customer's unique environment by supporting the flexible allocation of management responsibility among multiple, and often geographically dispersed, operators and administrators.

As an example, a customer may want the companywide policy for data backups to be defined at the corporate IT level, yet may want specific backup scheduling performed at the local level while allowing individual users to perform their own restores of backed-up data. OmniBack II supports this allocation of management responsibility.

RELATED ANNOUNCEMENTS

Today's announcement relates to other announcements made by HP to provide the richest solution for LAN-based environments and the most manageable systems available.

On Feb. 26, HP announced availability of the industry's most manageable network-ready personal computer, the HP Vectra XM Series 4 PC. The Pentium(R)-based HP Vectra XM Series 4 PC can be turned on remotely from anywhere on an Ethernet LAN -- a feature known as LAN Remote Power. It includes local and remote support for the OpenView management platform as well as a number of performance enhancements. Processors range from the industry's fastest Pentium processor -- the 166MHz -- to the 75MHz Pentium processors.

In addition to HP's Vectra XM Series 4 PC, HP NetServer Navigator is another example of HP's efforts to provide OpenView-manageable computer systems.

"Today's interconnected workgroup is a demanding computing environment," said Duncan Campbell, worldwide marketing manager for HP's Network Server Division. "Interconnected workgroups require high-performance, constantly available, affordable network servers that connect members of a workgroup to each other, the rest of their organization and the world. Every HP NetServer that has ever shipped has included a copy of HP OpenView as part of a comprehensive management tool called HP NetServer Navigator. It is the proven way to manage today's dynamic information requirements."

Additionally, HP also announced on Feb. 26 HP Interconnect Manager for Windows or OpenView for Windows, a management solution for cost-effective performance optimization in emerging switched environments. The new product includes an integrated-traffic monitor that allows users to view overall network performance at a glance. This helps network managers with switch placement and optimization.

ABOUT HP OPENVIEW

HP OpenView offers users integrated network, system, application and database management for multivendor distributed-computing environments. Solutions consist of a broad portfolio of management products from HP and OpenView Solution Partners and a complete set of services that help customers improve service and reduce operations costs. The HP OpenView Solution Framework provides services to application developers for the complete management of distributed networks, systems, applications and databases. HP OpenView manages Novell NetWare and Windows NT servers and PCs, and HP, IBM, Sun Microsystems, NCR, Bull, Silicon Graphics, Sequent and Digital Equipment Corporation computers.

HP is the largest producer of enterprise network-management platforms, with HP OpenView installed in more than 100,000 networks around the world. There are more than 220 complementary HP OpenView-based management solutions available on a variety of platforms, including HP 9000 systems, Sun Microsystems Solaris and SunOS workstations and Microsoft Windows NT-based systems. HP OpenView is licensed to NCR, Data General, Hitachi, Groupe Bull, Alcatel, Siemens and Stratus.

Hewlett-Packard Company is a leading global manufacturer of computing, communications and measurement products and services recognized for excellence in quality and support. HP has 105,200 employees and had revenue of $31.5 billion in its 1995 fiscal year.

Information about HP and its products can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.hp.com. -0-

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CONTACT: Hewlett-Packard

Jim DeNike, 408/447-6169
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