Unified management of all elements on a network is the promise of a collaboration between 3Com, BMC and Infovista.
The companies are working to control components, servers, PCs, and software applications and data from one point.
Infovista is working to tie together the respective network and software applications management tools offered by 3Com and BMC. In the first quarter of next year Infovista products will be able to extract information from BMC's Patrol Agent software. By the middle of 1998 3Com's Transcend network management platform will be integrated with BMC's product.
There are also plans to include systems management products from Tivoli in the loop, which would enable the partners to offer integrated systems, network and applications management. No date was available for this offering.
3Com claims to be the only network management supplier to be working on this type of project. "Between 3Com, Cisco, Bay Neworks and Cabletron, none of us can say we can enable systems managers to manage the whole path of their data from the PC to the network to the server to the applications and back again," said Nigel Hawthorn, 3Com's European product manager.
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