Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Hp Uses Eclipse for App Management and Voice Tools

Hp Uses Eclipse for App Management and Voice Tools
Silicon Valley icon Hewlett-Packard ( has a seemingly endless array of products that serve the consumer, small and medium- size business, and enterprise customer segments. But there's more to HP than printers and desktop PCs: The company, whose slogan is "Invent," is also a technology pioneer that spends $4 billion on research and development each year. So, HP's stamp of approval on Eclipse speaks volumes about the technology.

"HP is a member of the Eclipse board of directors as well as a strategic consumer member," says Philip Ma, HP Eclipse Alliance manager. "Our focus is on leveraging the technology to create Eclipse tools for developers that really extend the capabilities of the base Eclipse platform and that make HP's software platforms more accessible for them."

So far, HP has developed Eclipse-based tools in two main areas: application management and voice telephony. For app management, Eclipse is used in the HP Open View suite of tools, allowing enterprise developers to incorporate application manageability during the development process. HP's telephony software, gathered under the HP OpenCall brand, includes software that allows users to add voice interfaces to Web applications using VoiceXML.

That's just a start. Looking forward, HP is working on making the Eclipse framework available on its HP-UX platform for Itanium-based systems.

HP OpenView Smart Plug-ins are modules that are preconfigured to manage applications. The Smart Plug-ins link with a GUI called the HP OpenView Operations console to extend capabilities and more fully manage business applications, e-commerce platforms, messaging services, databases and Internet infrastructure. Smart Plug-ins show the essential pieces in measuring an application's quality of service.

"As the developer is designing and coding the application, we think it's important for them to think about how that application could be easily managed during deployment," Ma says. "If you design your application to be better managed, then you reduce a lot of the inefficiencies around troubleshooting and trying to correct the application after deployment. Tools for leveraging HP OpenView Smart Plug-in management capabilities can help in that effort."

One of the Eclipse-based tools in the OpenView tool-kit is called the HP OpenView JMX Metric Builder. JMX, or Java Management Extensions, specifies a set of interfaces and a runtime environment for adding management capabilities to Java applications. For J2EE platforms such as BEA WebLogic Server, HP OpenView provides a Smart Plug-in module that can be used to monitor and manage JMX components, called MBeans, for the application server environment as well as the applications running there.

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