HP defends commitment to CA’s Unicenter

Hewlett-Packard is telling local customers not to worry after news that the company will bundle Computer Associates Unicenter TNG Framework with its servers. In mid-July HP announced that it will bundle the rival management suite, as well as OpenView, on its HP-UX servers and workstations.

Hewlett-Packard is telling local customers not to worry after news that the company will bundle Computer Associates Unicenter TNG Framework with its servers.

In mid-July HP announced that it will bundle the rival management suite, as well as OpenView, on its HP-UX servers and workstations.

In a letter to HP chairman Lew Platt, the OpenView Forum requested an end to endorsements of competing products and better cohesion among divisions. HP’s hardware division wants to offer buyers of its HP 9000s or NetServers a choice of management software, yet HP’s tools and support division wants to push OpenView up against products like CA’s Unicenter TNG and TME10 by Tivoli.

Despite HP’s immediate spin control, “the damage has been done”, says Sandra Potter, president of the OpenView Forum. “We’ve chosen OpenView as the best platform for our shops, but now we must rejustify it to management and investment groups.”

She says managers fear HP’s software division is abandoning efforts to make OpenView a serious contender for enter-prisewise management.

Shane Mercer, a consultant with Housing New Zealand, which runs OpenView on HP-UX, says the move denotes lack of vision on HP’s part.

But HP general manager Bob Cattell says HP’s commitment to the product is as strong as ever. “OpenView has a huge market share the world over. There is no way Hewlett-Packard would relinquish that and there is absolutely no question about us not staying in this business.”

In addition, he points out that although HP was the first, other systems vendors are also bundling CA’s product. These include Acer, Data General, NCR, Fujitsu, Digital, Sequent, Santa Cruz Operation and Unisys.

“Computer Associates has offered to give the product away with other people’s servers. As a result of that our server division didn’t want to be disadvantaged. It’s part of being in a multi-vendor world,” says Cattell.

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