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In the 1990s, many companies downsized# from mainframes and introduced the use of highly flexible open systems. The use of open systems allowed companies to choose systems that best fit their needs. As a result, work that was previously performed on mainframes could now be performed on servers provided by a variety of manufacturers.
However, many of the functions for automating business operations that were provided as standard in a mainframe system were no longer provided in an open systems environment. As a result, there was an increased operational load on such new systems and actual system operations were difficult to maintain.
In the face of these limitations, users demanded a multi-platform environment that provided highly reliable batch processing and work automation features that were at a level competitive with mainframe environments. This demand led to the birth of JP1.
The first version of JP1 was released in 1994 as a UNIX version, and the next year, the Windows NT version was released. The Windows version of JP1 was the first job management product in Japan and achieved multi-platform environment support ahead of other competing products.
A single mainframe could be used for work and operational tasks by using programs that were custom made to fit the company's needs.
The workload is distributed among multiple servers, without dependence on a specific type of OS.
The Hitachi Group is one of the few companies that continue to manufacture mainframes even today.
JP1 is a culmination of the technological prowess that has supported our business operations since the mainframe era. Our expertise in business operations regarding mission-critical systems provides a support structure for and ensures the quality of JP1 products.
Furthermore, with each new version of JP1, we continue to improve the reliability and performance of our products by incorporating the demands and feedback of our customers.
#: In this context, "downsizing" refers to switching to an open systems environment in which the size and scale of mainframes have been reduced.
The following presents a history of the evolution of JP1 along with descriptions of IT trends.
Along with the shift to open systems environments, the use of network computing was growing more prevalent. As systems became increasingly advanced, complex, and widespread, system operation was also becoming more and more important.
JP1 was developed based on our experience in developing mainframes and made its debut in 1994, allowing users to improve operations in open systems environments.
From its original form as a job management tool for UNIX and Windows, JP1 eventually evolved into an integrated operations management tool for multi-platform environments.
Then, in 1999, in the Asian market, which held the key to global business success, we established a new business, thus marking the beginning of our full-scale business operations overseas.
With the spread of the Internet, the risks posed by viruses and illegal access increased and, as a result, information security measures became more important. Using the Y2K problem as an opportunity to address other issues, many companies took proactive measures for business operations performed via the Internet. To support these business operations, stable system operation was required at all times.
To ensure stable system operation in a business society that increasingly depends on the Internet, JP1 products for integrated operations management provided improved support for web-based businesses in terms of secure operation and proactive management.
As system environments became more advanced and complex, the need for an integrated management environment that allowed administrators to make quick business-related decisions increased. In addition, there was a renewed awareness of the importance of reforming processes to conform to ITIL processes and implementing the security measures prescribed by the Personal Information Protection Law.
JP1 could be used not only to monitor and manage individual network components (such as servers, network devices, and applications), but also to proactively manage business systems as a whole. Furthermore, JP1 provided support for the ITIL management processes for overall service support optimization, as well as support for information security measures for client PC environments.
As the environment surrounding enterprises continued to change at a dizzying pace, emphasis on corporate social responsibility (CSR) also increased. In the midst of these changes, new demands for enhanced internal control and for green IT were emerging in the realm of IT operations. Addressing such demands was an especially important task, both in itself and from the point of view of increasing corporate value.
In JP1, the concept of "improved data visualization" to ensure corporate transparency was strengthened. To enable aggressive internal control, JP1 provided functions for recording operations related to IT process control and to operations management itself, so that administrators could determine whether such operations were being performed properly. In addition, to address the need for green IT, JP1 provided a mechanism for controlling operational energy consumption.
System environments continued to grow more complex and diverse as a result of developments in the effective use of IT resources, total system optimization, and cost-cutting measures such as integration, virtualization, and the use of cloud computing.
JP1 enabled centralized management of configuration information and operational information for entire systems, and provided functionality for detecting the warning signs of potential problems, as well as for investigating the causes of such problems and resolving those problems. In addition, JP1 provided comprehensive support for a range of system management operations: from managing the effective use of IT resources that were now shared in a cloud environment, to managing service levels as experienced by system users.
As more companies shift from the use of on-premise devices to the use of private and public cloud services, there is a growing need for efficient operations in hybrid cloud environments. As a result of this shift, IT systems are becoming more complex than ever before, and the efficient operation of such systems now poses an important challenge for many companies.
At the same time, JP1 has evolved into an easy-to-use management tool that can deftly handle complex and advanced operations such as automating IT operations and guiding users through various operational procedures.
Even today, JP1 continues to evolve and now offers support for multi-cloud environments, allowing users to create environments by choosing the elements that best fit their needs from various cloud environments. With JP1, you can introduce new systems while also continuing to use conventional systems for agile system operations.
With the continued integration of IT and management, it is now crucial for enterprises to have IT systems and operations that can quickly and flexibly adapt to the changing business environment.
As companies find more and more advanced ways to use cloud technologies, JP1 provides robust support so that customers can take advantage of the benefits unique to the cloud, such as agility and scalability. JP1 provides automation functions that help to completely optimize the ever-changing IT environment and achieve truly autonomous operations.