HP is a data center management software company, growing out of its OpenView platform. To improve that position, it should be working with the dominant vendor on the high end, VMware, and providing tools that broaden or expand what VMware can do. Many are being invented. HP could assemble a winning collection, like Akorri, Vizioncore, and John Thompson's new firm, Virtual Instruments. See also Embotics, Xangati, VKernel, and ManageEngine.