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March 21, 1988


By CBR Staff Writer

Hewlett-Packard Co yesterday also entered the network management arena with launch of the first in a planned family of OpenView products, and laid down the gauntlet to IBM’s NetView SNA-based network manager by basing the product on Open Systems standards and aiming it from Day One at mixed vendor networks. Called OpenView, the product starts out with gateway management protocols for open and wide area networks using the TCP/IP communications protocol. It uses a Microsoft Windows-based user interface, and the first release comprises four products for the HP3000 family. OpenView Status & Diagnostics Monitor provides multi-vendor network management from an HP3000 and costs $6,000. OpenView Performance Monitor also costs $6,000 for the HP3000 line. OpenView Network Comand Interpreter is free but requires the OPP3000 software. And OpenView ITIMS Manager provides centralised fault ioslation for telecommunications lines and costs between $1,000 and $2,000. No delivery dates. Separately, Hewlett-Packard Co said that it was implementing a series of organisational adjustments in its technical systems sector. In the technical computer group, activities of all former US divisions and operations, in Sunnyvale, California and Fort Collins, Colorado have been reassigned into new divisions and functional units. The Technical Computer Group is responsible for managing all systems processor-unit activities within the sector, spanning HP1000, HP9000 Model 300 and 800 computers. It also provides strategic direction for developing and marketing Hewlett’s Unix systems, and will be based in Sunnyvale. Two newly formed divisions will focus on research and development, while marketing responsibilities have been consolidated at the group level. A newly formed graphics technology division in Fort Collins will supply high-resolution graphics to all of Hewlett-Packard. And a new division for mechanical computer-aided engineering, to be headquartered in Boeblingen, West Germany, will have worldwide responsibility for mechanical computer-aided engineering, including proprietary products and management of the company’s relationships with its value-added business partners.

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