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HP Announces New Versions of its Enterprise Storage-Management Applications -- HP OpenView OmniBack II and OmniStorage.

PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 31, 1995--Delivering on its enterprise storage-management strategy, Hewlett-Packard Company today announced new versions of HP OpenView OmniBack II and HP OpenView OmniStorage applications. OmniBack II and OmniStorage have been highly integrated since 1993 with HP OpenView OperationsCenter, a key component of the HP OpenView Solution Framework. Enhancements to these products include additional backup and storage-platform support, the ability to back up data to the mainframe, new on-line database backup and support of three-tier hierarchical storage management.


Delivering on its commitment to support all multivendor system platforms in customer's enterprises -- including desktop PCs -- HP announces new platform support for OmniBack II. In addition to supporting HP-UX(1) 9.X, IBM AIX 3.2, Sun OS 4.1.3, Sun Solaris 2.3 and Novell NetWare 3.X and 4.01, OmniBack II now supports the following additional platforms:

o HP-UX 10.X

o AIX 4.1

o Solaris 2.4

o Windows NT 3.5

o Novell NetWare 4.1



Support for additional platforms -- for example, Ultrix -- are available to customers as factory specials.

In addition, IBM AIX 4.1 and Sun Solaris 2.4 platforms now can be used for storing backed-up data.


Working in conjunction with Stage 3 (developed by Emprise Technologies and marketed by Boole & Babbage Storage Division), customers now can back up data from OmniBack II to the mainframe. With Stage3, OmniBack II treats the MVS mainframe as an optional storage device, so that data pulled from throughout the enterprise now can be stored on mainframe direct-access-storage devices (DASD) or tape devices. For customers, this capability means that data backup of distributed environments can be done right along with established operating procedures in legacy environments to leverage customer investments in their mainframe-based storage infrastructure.


HP also announces plans for high-speed, on-line database backup through integration of OmniBack II with Oracle, SYBASE and Informix databases. With this new capability, customers will be able to backup data without bringing down databases. This integrated solution provides a faster and easier-to-use backup/restore procedure compared to traditional database backup tools. This capability is expected to be available starting in the fourth quarter of 1995. On-line database backup represents another major step toward 7x24/around-the-clock availability of mission-critical data. A major step already was taken earlier this year with the release of OmniBack II, which provides on-line backup of SAP R/3 data.


HP OpenView OmniStorage is a hierarchical storage-management (HSM) solution that offers applications and users on networked systems virtually unlimited on-line storage capacity through automatic and transparent migration of files. With the latest version of OmniStorage, migration is made possible from magnetic disk to optical-disk libraries to magnetic-tape storage, or directly from magnetic disk to magnetic tape. By supporting this expanded set of storage devices, OmniStorage maximizes storage performance and capacity, reduces the storage cost of heterogeneous networks and enables significant productivity gains in data management.

Currently available for HP-UX, OmniStorage also has added client platform support for Sun Solaris 2.3.


HP OpenView OmniBack II Version 1.3 is expected to be available in August and OmniStorage Version 2.0 is expected to be available in December.


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 PCs, and IBM, Sun Microsystems, AT&T, Bull and HP computers.

HP OpenView is installed in more than 73,000 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(R) Windows PCs. HP OpenView is licensed to AT&T GIS, 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 98,600 employees and had revenue of $25 billion in its 1994 fiscal year. -0-


(1) HP-UX 9.X and 10.0 for HP 9000 Series 700 and 800 computers are X/Open(tm) Company UNIX 93 branded products. X/Open is a trademark of X/Open Company Limited in the UK and other countries.

UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries, licensed exclusively through X/Open Company Limited. Microsoft is a U.S. registered trademark of Microsoft Corp. Windows is a U.S. trademark of Microsoft Corp.

NOTE TO THE EDITOR: Sales information may be obtained by calling 1-800-637-7740. The fastest response to your readers' inquiries will be assured by mailing them to Hewlett-Packard Company, Direct Marketing Organization, P.O. Box 58059, MS511L-SJ, Santa Clara, Calif. 95051-8059. Please do NOT use editor-contact or corporate telephone numbers for sales information.

CONTACT: Hewlett-Packard

Jim DeNike, 408/447-6169

Dave Kroll, 408/447-0985
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