Compaq demonstrated a beta version of Compaq Insight Manager XE last week, which is expected to ship in the summer.
This new version of the company's systems management software will support the new WBEM (Web Based Enterprise Management - pronounced "webbum") initiative. WBEM aims to build a common information model which will allow a wide range of hardware and software devices to share information for manageability purposes.
The product differs from previous version of Insight Manager in allowing users to manage groups of systems, such as domains, rather than single elements. The purpose of XE is twofold: it will be able to deliver detailed information to the manager; and can be used to carry out management tasks on groups of systems.
An Insight Manager XE management server will allow companies with heterogeneous management standards to pull together their network (via SNMP), desktops (via DMI v2) and devices with WBEM enabled agents and control them from a single console.
The software is able to automatically probe the network to discover connected devices and applications, and then populate the database with device information.
Although the demonstration system used an SQL database to store device and event data, Compaq claimed that the shipping version will be able to use ODBC compliant databases for that purpose.
Designed primarily for use on Intranets, the system console is accessed via a Web browser, although Compaq is considering implementing tunnelling IP technology to allow the information to be viewed securely from anywhere on the Web.
Insight Manager will be free to Compaq customers.
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