Computer Associates (CA) delivered on its promise of enabling IT administrators to monitor and control their systems remotely using wireless devices at its CA World user conference on Monday.
The software giant announced it had started shipping the Wireless Extension to its Unicenter TNG system management software for two way pagers in the US, that it had created a new wireless application infrastructure, and that Unicenter TNG applications were to be integrated with 3Com’s Palm OS.
Through a partnership with US pager network operator Page Net, CA is enabling Unicenter TNG users to remotely receive systems information and react using a two way pager. The system can also be used to remotely query or submit information to mainframe servers or monitor remote equipment such as vending machines.
But CA also launched Twist (The Wireless Intelligent Infrastructure Support Technology) at the same time. Twist is a new wireless infrastructure intended to ensure that enterprise devices based on any wireless operating system are both available and secure.
Charles Wang, CA’s chief executive, said: “It’s an infrastructure, any application will work with it,” including 3Com, Symbian, Windows CE or other wireless device platforms.
Users of Twist will also be offered a range of supporting services from CA’s Global Professional Services organisation, including design, development and deployment.
CA additionally extended its relationship with networking vendor, 3Com, to develop a suite of integrated CA applications that run on the Palm OS, including inventory management, help desk and remote control.
The two have also released version 2.0 of the Unicenter TNG Switch Management Option for 3Com networking products to enable users to monitor 3Com network switches using Unicenter.
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