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HP buys data centre automation software company

Posted in General by testing in London on July 25, 2007

From Red Herring

In a move aimed at strengthening its software business, computing giant Hewlett-Packard on Monday agreed to acquire Opsware for $1.6 billion in cash.

IDC analyst Stephen Elliot said HP is paying a premium because demand for Opsware’s products, known as data center automation software, has increased considerably in the past few years because it helps businesses cut costs. This type of software automates the data centre, performing functions such as patching, provisioning, configuration, compliance, and deployment.

Mr. Elliot also said Opsware will make Palo Alto, California-based HP the leading seller of data centre automation software and allow HP to better compete against IBM and others.

HP has taken several steps in the last two years to grow its software business. In September 2005, HP bought IT management software vendor Peregrine Systems for $425 million. A year ago, HP bought testing software maker Mercury Interactive for $4.5 billion.

The Opsware transaction is expected to close before October 31, and the company will become part of HP’s software business. Opsware CEO Ben Horowitz will lead the business technology optimization division, reporting to Thomas E. Hogan, senior vice president of HP Software.

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  1. Amit said,

    Thanks for the post.
    I’m actually looking for a tool that will automated a daily action on my Laptop.
    Is there anything you are familiar with?
    Can you suggest me what to use?
    Please put a note on that?


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