HP exec cites open source, commercial mix

Rather than IT shops settling on one paradigm, mixed environments of commercial and open source software will prevail, according to HP CTO and chief strategy officer, Shane Robison.

Speaking at a keynote presentation at the Software 2005 conference, Robison said that with 60 per cent of companies having a mix of open source and commercial technologies, HP anticipatee the persistence of this hybrid model.

"HP believes that open source software will continue to penetrate deeper into the enterprise," he said. "We do not believe that customers will deploy all open source or all commercial software."

During his speech, Robison emphasised HP's intentions to leverage its HP OpenView system management platform, partnerships, and acquired technologies for use in managing customers' SOAs. Enablement of grid architectures and utility computing also factor into HP's agenda.

Management of systems hads moved beyond basic monitoring and reporting, Robison said.

"The way we see it, management software will become as important to the enterprise as the OS was to the PC," Robison said. "What we are creating is the equivalent of the OS for the datacentre."

"We decided to double-down on management software because we have the foundation to solve our customers' most important and most pressing problems," Robison said.

Citing data that says IT organisations spend 70 per cent of their budgets on infrastructure and IT maintenance, and 30 per cent on application and infrastructure innovation, HP sought to flip that ratio, he said.

The company also is positioning its HP OpenCall product for communications service providers as part of its strategy for managing SOAs.

HP was also working on using business analytics and optimisation to improve large-scale transaction processing, Robison said. The company also had a project under way to search archived material, including archived email.

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