HP adds integration, eases HP-UX management

HP last week announced a software feature that lets users more easily control secure access to resources on its HP-UX machines.

The feature will make it possible for HP-UX customers to manage user privileges, accounts and identities across multiple servers from one HP management software product. By coupling newly developed code, which HP-UX customers can download for free from HP's Web site, with the company's OpenView Select Access software, HP says customers can manage HP-UX servers on a one-to-many basis, using existing policies and customizing new rules for the server environments. In the past, HP-UX administrators would have to access each machine individually to update access polices. Select Access is HP's identity and access management suite, which competes with products from BMC, CA, IBM, Microsoft and Sun.

"Unix systems in the past have been managed on a one-off basis. Each system had an administrator and the administrator was responsible to manage the accounts, passwords and identities of the users on each system," says Phil Schacter, vice president and service director at market research firm Burton Group. He adds that HP should consider adding this type of integration to other systems, and HP representatives say the company would consider doing so based on customer demand.

By using the HP-UX 11i Identity Management Integration (IdMI) feature, customers can tap the enforcement, authentication and policy-based management features in OpenView Select Access, which would need to be purchased separately. Customers download and install the IdMI code on the server to be managed, and then configure Select Access, which is installed on a dedicated server, to manage the HP-UX servers running the integration code.

Customers can add policies and rules, define user privileges and change access rights to servers on a one-to-many basis, which eliminates the need for systems administrators to manage the passwords and accounts on each system separately. Administrators can also group servers and assign access and authentication policies based on pre-defined rules for the group, HP says.

"HP is adding simplicity for HP-UX customers that also buy their management software. They can overlay this ID management tool for the operating system and reduce wasted resources on server management," Schacter says.

HP OpenView Select Access 6.0 starts at US$US6.75 per user.

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