The Halifax has begun deploying Tivoli's TME 10 as part of a multi-million pound contract to manage its distributed network of NT, Unix Sand mainframe systems.
The company, which recently converted from a building society to a bank, is using TME 10 as part of a new end-to-end management system which will integrate the company's IBM and Unisys mainframes with a client-server network, supplementing the existing data centre environment.
When fully deployed, The network will link 1,000 retail branches, business centres, 600 property service outlets, together with an agency network and corporate offices.
According to the Halifax, the mix of NT and Unix will provide it with a platform for running client-server business applications which link back to the IBM and Unisys mainframes. The network will eventually comprise 2,000 Windows NT servers, 30,000 Windows NT workstations and 50 Unix servers.
Among the applications the company will run is PeopleSoft's human resources application suite, the Corebank banking application and a number of bespoke applications.
TME 10 Distributed Monitoring is being used to manage the rollout of these applications. IT staff at the Halifax will bundle application software with server software and operating system software components and distribute the software to target systems simultaneously.
TME 10 Enterprise Console is also being used by help-desk staff at the bank to monitor and correlate information from third-party systems monitoring tools. This information is being used for trouble-shooting users' problems with applications.
In addition, TME 10's Global Enterprise Manager will allow information to be shared between the Halifax's IBM mainframe and its client-server environment.
Allan Bentley, project manager for enterprise management at the Halifax, said Tivoli had provided the company with management-ready applications and "out of the box" functionality. "This helped to reduce the need for in-house integration work," he added.
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