July 23, 2012 – HP made automation and database discovery the focal points of the first major upgrade of its configuration management system in two years.

Offered under HP’s overall IT Performance Suite, the new Configuration Management System 10 was due for some enhancements in part from the rise in demand for oversight and scale with infrastructure systems spurred by the boom in cloud computing, says HP Marketing Manager Jimmy Augustine. The latest version of HP’s CMS includes a unified discovery solution, deeper location and cataloging functionality for new enterprise tech, capabilities to set server compliance thresholds, and enhanced scalability and a new configuration manager and browser for its Universal Configuration Management Database. 

Dennis Drogseth, VP at analyst firm Enterprise Management Associates, says the unified application and inventory discovery and integration reflect a market march toward more federated, model-centric configuration management systems. The change in the CMS market has also opened the door for smaller vendors, though Drogseth says HP has retained the depth associated with its past releases.

“Like its other platform competitors, HP needs to continue to make more improvements towards ease of use, deployment and administration – as that is an area where smaller competitors with less breadth in functionality are making inroads,” says Drogseth. “But HP’s commitment to a unified architecture across performance, change, configuration, capacity and asset and inventory management — including cloud and non-cloud environments — is arguably the most well-defined in the industry to date.”

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