Hewlett-Packard Co has closed its acquisition of AppIQ Inc and declared its priorities for the development of AppIQ’s storage resource management software.
Without saying anything about the order in which it was declaring them, HP said that its priorities for the software are server integration and automated active management, the management of virtualized storage, support for standards, integration with HP’s OpenView systems management tools, and extending support to cover HP’s Tru64 and OpenView platforms, tape and nearline devices, and iSCSI.
Once again HP stressed its commitment to the suppliers who were OEMing the AppIQ software before the acquisition, namely HP’s rivals Sun Microsystems Inc, Engenio Technologies Inc, SGI and Hitachi Ltd’s subsidiary Hitachi Data Systems.
All four have all said that they plan to continue OEM’ing AppIQ’s SRM software, and HP has claimed that they will benefit from HP’s ownership of AppIQ, because they will now be able to discuss the long term future of the product with HP – something they could not have done previously with privately-held AppIQ.
The latest version of AppIQ’s software began shipping recently branded as HP’s Storage Essentials 5.0 product, which HP says has been fully integrated with its server management tool, System Insight Manager.