Industry giants IBM and Intel have teamed up in a common effort to reduce the cost of ownership of high-end PCs on networks.
The Advanced Manageability Alliance means that both will seek to define, develop and integrate solutions and systems to simplify installation, configuration and management on networks. It is four years since the companies worked closely together at the Robert Noyce Centre in Boca Raton, Florida. That agreement collapsed in acrimony.
The first fruit of this new alliance is a deal in which Intel will use IBM?s Wake On Lan remote management in its own Fast Ethernet Lan adaptors and in its Lan Desk software. At the same time, the IBM PC Company will include these products in its desktop machines. Tivoli Systems Netfinity, the management software owned by IBM, will also form part of the agreement.
According to senior executives at both companies, the thrust of the alliance will be to work on performance increases in networked PC systems, PC management software and Fast Ethernet silicon technology.
Frank Gill, an executive vice president at Intel, said that the two companies were setting a course "that others in the industry can follow". The alliance forms part of Intel?s own Wired for Management efforts. Sam Palmisano, general manager of the IBM PC Company, claimed that the combined resources of the two companies will let them deliver more robust solutions.
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