Computer Associates and Silicon Graphics (SGI) are porting CA's system management framework Unicenter TNG to SGI's Linux servers.
The arrangement is an extension of their 1997 worldwide agreement to bundle Unicenter TNG with SGI's Numa parallel server range. (see Newswire 25 November 1997)
The Linux server will ship with version 2.2 of the Unicenter framework but there are no dates for availability.
Despite SGI's recent restructuring troubles Martin Saunders, CA's enterprise management product marketing manager for UK and Ireland said: "We certainly did not consider dumping the deal with Silicon Graphics in any way."
Martin Hingley, IDC analyst said: "It's a win win situation for CA. If they put the framework on people's servers, however many get sold it's an opportunity to sell their modules. As for Linux, everyone's doing it."
Hingley said that systems management suites are much more popular in the US. "It would be interesting to know how many people are using the framework and how many frameworks are just sitting on the servers not being used."
Saunders said: "We have no figures on that and don't break sales down by platform."
He added: "The framework concept is not as popular here as in the US but there are frameworks and frameworks. Some frameworks have given others a bad name because they are closed and tied into one vendor."
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