Opsware retools automation software

With its acquisition by HP pending, Opsware updates run-book automation technology it gained in its iConclude acquisition

Opsware updates run-book automation technology it acquired with start-up iConclude. HP is in the process of acquiring Opsware.

Opsware Wednesday announced an updated version of run-book automation software the vendor acquired when it purchased iConclude earlier this year, and company executives say the enhanced product is ready for the large enterprise customers typical of its pending parent company, HP.

Opsware Process Automation System 7 (formerly iConclude's OpsForce automates predefined IT operations processes, tasks and workflows. The new release features 1,000 new workflows, templates and process definitions (in addition to the 1,000-plus it already had). The software also ncludes a built-in load balancer for larger installations as well as 64-bit support for Linux and Oracle.

Process Automation System 7 builds upon the technology start-up iConclude introduced and adds an enterprise spin, says Sunny Gupta, former iConclude CEO and Mercury Interactive executive. The product already integrates with Opsware's Server Automation System and Network Automation System, as well as products from the likes of HP, which announced it would acquire Opsware in July, and Mercury Interactive, which HP acquired last year.

"Customers want to apply this run-book automation technology to server, network, configuration and change management processes," he says. "We are able to combine the power of our technology, which automates the processes, with Opsware's Network Automation System (NAS) and Server Automation System (SAS) products, which do the heavy lifting. It's a killer combination."

Run-book automation technology helps remove the manual tasks associated with common IT duties. Companies such as Network Automation, Opalis, Optinuity and RealOps (recently acquired by BMC) offer software products that can deliver process templates or be customized to automate IT operations.

Opsware Process Automation System 7 software installs on a server and requires no agents to be distributed to other devices. IT managers install a client application that lets them build processes using a drag-and-drop menu within the software or create customized processes.

With this release, Opsware included workflows for all IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) processes, as well as accelerator packs for existing Opsware SAS and NAS customers. This version also adds integration packs for management software from Microsoft and CA, and Opsware expanded the software's support for application servers beyond TomCat to include WebLogic, WebSphere and JBoss.

Process Automation System 7 is scheduled to be generally available in September. Pricing for the software starts at about $100,000 and depends upon the size of the infrastructure and the number of users.

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