Computer Associates has announced a new version of its system monitoring software, Unicenter TND, that includes neural network technology.
TND (The Next Dimension) will allow users to track backwards and forwards in time in order to find the source of system errors, and forecast system failures. Neural network agents, dubbed neugents, will learn characteristic system behaviour and predict and resolve problems before they arise, according to CA.
"If you boot your system neugents would see the erratic behaviour of certain devices, but recognise it as normal behaviour in the context of the whole system," explained J. P. Corriveau, senior vice president of CA's technology integration group. "In current management tools there's no way to write that."
Built on the Jasmine object repository for the management of time-series objects, TND will include Unicenter's three dimensional Real World Interface with an added VCR-like panel that allows users to scroll forwards and backwards in time to analyse and predict system problems.
However, Robert Anderson, research director with the Gartner Group, said it could take a while for TND to take off. "Big business will be prepared to spend money on the disk space and bandwidth needed to implement this software in an world wide enterprise, but it could be 18 months before the industry figures out how to do it," he argued.
James Moir, principle systems engineer with Pilkington Optronics and chairman of the UK Unicenter user group, agreed. "I do not see a large take-up at first but it is exciting and new and it's going to be big in the future," he said.
CA also announced a line of products aimed at SMEs and based on the Unicentre TNG framework. Dubbed Workgroup Edition, the 12 products range from storage management to automated software.
NT AND REAL WORLD COMBINE
Microsoft has announced that it will combine third party management applications with NT 5.0.
CA's Real World Interface, based on Unicenter TNG Framework, will use the management services and instrumentation of Windows NT, enhancing their integration into the enterprise management environment.
Real World Interface is a browser-based application that produces management views of Web-based enterprise management (WBEM) data, events and alerts.
James Eibisch, analyst with Input, said the inclusion of the Real World Interface would make Windows NT a more credible enterprise operating system.
"Microsoft had to go to someone else for this technology because it does not have the experience in multi-platform enterprise environments," he said.
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