HP Expands It's Business Service Automation Platform

HP has expanded its Business Service Automation (BSA) platform.

The company said that the update would allow HP to offer automation tools for enterprises that run mixed on-premise and cloud, or "hybrid" IT infrastructure.

The updated offering incorporates the recently acquired Stratavia automation tools into the BSA platform and covers areas ranging from server and network automation to storage and client automation for on-premise systems as well as vitrualisation and cloud computing platforms.

The aim of the updated platform, said HP, is to help businesses more efficiently manage hybrid IT environments that mix on-premise systems with remote systems, virtualisation and cloud computing platforms.

HP estimates that using its BSA services can help customers see return on investments of as much as 382 per cent and allow for as much as $4.82 in benefits to be reaped form every dollar invested in IT projects.

For Charles King, president and principle analyst of research firm Pund-IT, the move builds on a larger campaign kicked off by former HP chief executive Mark Hurd to overhaul and expand the company's entire enterprise computing portfolio.

Ultimately, the analyst sees HP as one of several vendors expanding their enterprise line with the goal of taking on IBM.

"The message here is to come to HP for all of your enterprise IT needs," King told V3.co.uk.

"This is an effort on HP's part if not to invade [IBM's] market, then to at least put a bigger footprint there."

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