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ConfigMgr moves down HP’s list of important things

Though the press release today suggests that HP will continue to to support ConfigMgr and even release a new deployment pack (in October) to help customers deploy and managed HP products through ConfigMgr, they seem to be saying that LANDesk is the new HP black.

Could this be the hint of an acquisition?

LANDesk has always been one of those technologies that sounds good, but is too pricey when compared with other solutions.  It receives high marks in reviews, but when you go back and check out the hardware and environment that LANDesk was tested on, you immediately see that the review couldn’t have been completely thorough.  But, with HP promoting it, maybe we’ll see a different price structure and a better product.

Who knows?  Could this push more people Dell’s way? 

The press release:

HP Helps Customers Realize Higher Value From PCs With New LANDesk Management Solutions

PALO ALTO, CA, Mar 12, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — HP today announced it is offering LANDesk management solutions directly to business customers, enabling them to boost end-user productivity and more easily secure and connect devices across their environment.

Through this collaboration with LANDesk Software, HP business customers of all sizes can use LANDesk Management Suite to reduce the PC setup time for end users from hours to minutes.

By eliminating the need to stage deployments through IT departments, LANDesk management solutions help companies to increase efficiency and reduce cost while also resolving IT concerns like energy conservation, device and BIOS management, retail operating system and reporting support, and hardware-failure alerts.

"HP is committed to helping commercial customers mitigate issues that result in lost time, money and productivity," said Dan Forlenza, vice president and general manager, Commercial Clients Global Business Unit, HP.

"This collaboration brings unique capabilities to HP customers in the area of client management, end-point security and IT service management," said Mike Hall, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing, LANDesk Software. "We look forward to the continued integration of our joint solutions."

LANDesk software from HP helps save customers time, money HP business customers can leverage the powerful remote hardware management capabilities of the LANDesk software suite to reduce the need for costly, time-consuming desk-side visits by their IT department.

Automatic acquisition and remote deployment of the latest HP updates allows customers to easily install and deploy drivers and hardware and firmware updates from HP for their PCs.

Customers also can use one-to-many BIOS and firmware configuration changes to modify all settings on supported PCs. Plus, proactive hardware health alerting takes the guesswork out of thermal PC conditions and proactively senses potential hard drive failure.

In addition to the immediate availability of the LANDesk Management Suite, policy enforcement of key HP Professional Innovations, including HP Power Assistant power management tool and HP Connection Manager connectivity interface, is scheduled to be available in June. LANDesk support for HP thin clients will be available in October.

More information on the additional offerings coming throughout the year is available here.

Support for additional client management solutions For customers who have standardized on Microsoft(R) Systems Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), HP will continue to maintain its HP Client Catalog. In October, HP will expand support for Microsoft SCCM with a new deployment pack that helps customers more easily perform scripted operating system installs and configure BIOS settings.

HP also will continue to offer its industry-leading HP Client Automation (HPCA) management solution, which provides high levels of end-client management automation and the lowest cost of ownership in an all-HP solution. HPCA uses desired-state, policy-driven technology to enable dynamic enterprises to ensure their end points are correct and functional, and that they have enhanced security. Fully integrated with HP hardware innovations and new technologies, HPCA provides one solution for all endpoints — physical and virtual, thick and thin.

New integrated platform driver packs Responding to customer feedback for a single file that contains all the necessary drivers for a particular platform or model, integrated driver packs from HP are scheduled for release by August for most desktop and notebook PCs and workstations launched since 2010. The driver packs will be available in LANDesk Management Suite, the HP Client Catalog for Microsoft SCCM and HP Softpaq Download Manager.

About LANDesk Software LANDesk Software is a leading provider of systems lifecycle management, endpoint security, and IT service management solutions for desktops, servers and mobile devices across the enterprise. LANDesk enables IT to deliver business value by gaining control of end-user computing with a single console, light infrastructure, and ITIL solutions that can deliver significant ROI for thousands of customers worldwide. LANDesk is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, with offices located in the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific, and can be found at .

About HP HP creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments and society. The world’s largest technology company, HP brings together a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure to solve customer problems. More information about HP is available at .

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