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April 25, 1994


By CBR Staff Writer

Tivoli Systems Inc, Austin, Texas, last week announced the long-awaited Release 2.0 of its object-oriented Tivoli Management Environment. Much of the distributed management system was picked up by X/Open Co Ltd’s systems management work group some weeks back for possible standardisation – including the Object Management Group Corba-compliant object request broker and some object services – and Tivoli had earlier put applications programming interface specifications for TME 2.0 in the public domain. TME 2.0 is said to manage networks configured with up to 10,000 workstation clients and 1,000 servers at a time, up from the 200-odd under the current TME 1.7. The Environment uses the Object Group’s Common Object Request Broker Architecture 1.1 model to distribute management functions across networks. IBM Corp has already committed to integrating TME 2.0 into OS/2 and AIX versions of its System Object Model and Distributed SOM frameworks. TME 2.0 includes new versions of the management system and TME applications – admin, courier, sentry and print. There’s a new application, Tivoli/Enterprise Console, and an event integration toolkit, Tivoli/EIF. Enterprise Console correlates, displays and responds to events automatically or by alerting an operator. It can accept events from other monitoring or management products – see below – and is built on Brussels-based Belgian firm BIM Corp’s graphical correlation technology. EIF is an applications programming interface which enables users to build event adaptors that integrate third party applications into Enterprise Console. Event adaptors will be available for network management systems such as HP OpenView, SunNet Manager, IBM Corp’s NetView/6000, NetWare Management System and Microsoft Corp Hermes as well as Sybase Inc and Oracle Corp database management products. Indeed, Sybase is building an event adaptor for its SQL Monitor and SA Companion modules, while Oracle is integrating Server Manager with TME. Replicated server functionality will be added to the TME information database by the end of the year, Tivoli says, which will preserve data if a TME server falls over. A new version of Tivoli/sentry works with Enterprise Console to monitor resources and services selected by the system manager. TME 2.0 is in beta test now with general availability set for the third quarter on Sun Microsystems Inc, Hewlett-Packard Co, IBM, Motorola Inc, Data General Corp, NetWare and NT clients and servers – plus Windows and MS-DOS clients. Tivoli/admin, /courier, /print and /sentry are $125 to $145 per managed node. Workload and Backup operation management applications are $9,000 and $5,000 per managed server respectively. Enterprise server is $20,000 per management station and EIF is $6,000 per user. This take of TME enables systems to be arranged into groups – which can include systems from different vendors – that can be managed from a single point, Tivoli explains.

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