Tivoli has released systems management software comprising a three-tier architecture using "intelligent" management agents to allow Tivoli Enterprise to manage up to 100,000 network devices.
With a 350Kb footprint, the management agents will allow any device to take advantage of rapid software distribution and policy control, without needing to upgrade hardware, according to Martin Neath, executive vice president of Tivoli Systems, speaking in New York last week, said. "Extensive customer testing at more than 50 sites around the world confirms Tivoli end-to-end management solutions frees the IT staff from the more mundane tasks required to manage large worldwide computing environments."
The three architectural components are Endpoints, Gateways and Endpoint Managers. These will improve scalability and software deployment, Tivoli claims. Endpoint devices will run a Tivoli Management Agent that will communicate with a Tivoli Enterprise Gateway and an Endpoint identification file. This file permits Endpoint Managers to track the Endpoints, their configuration and status.
Computer Associates (CA) has also promised intelligent management agents, dubbed "neugents", which are expected to ship next year. Paul Mason, vice president for infrastructure software research with IDC, said Tivoli's and CA's products are moving closer together. "They have both adopted the framework and software suite strategy but the availability of management agents gives a significant advantage to Tivoli. Software distribution can be like painting the Forth Bridge: once you've finished one roll-out it's time for another upgrade."
The Halifax bank has been part of the beta testing program for Tivoli Enterprise and has deployed it over 30,000 workstations and 2,500 servers.
Bob Sibly, project manager for distributed computing at the Halifax, said rapid software deployment was vital to the company's business. "Software distribution takes place on a daily basis for over 30,000 desktops. If you can't get it right then you're in trouble. (Tivoli Enterprise) allows us to get software out there in days rather than weeks or months," he said.
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