Computers Associates has acquired the TransView enterprise systems management software from Siemens Nixdorf as part of a wider strategic alliance.
Current TransView customers will have to migrate to CA's Unicenter TNG within two years, which could see an increase in the cost of systems management, according to Tom Scholtz, services and systems program director at Meta Group.
"This will force TransView users to migrate to Unicenter, which is not necessarily what they would want because it could have severe pricing implications," he said.
Scholtz explained that CA had a "unique" licensing model which was based on the power of the systems and linked to specific platforms. "By and large, customers will be uncomfortable that they do not have much choice in moving to this new model," he said.
Yogesh Gupta, senior vice president for product strategy with CA, said when TransView users migrate to Unicenter they will also get the additional Unicenter TNG capabilities such as security, event scheduling, backup and recovery for free. "TransView customers get more than they had before - a free upgrade path to comparable parts of Unicenter. We will make sure the technology they move to is going forward with a free upgrade, until March 1999."
CA has promised to support TransView until September 2000. Gupta said Unicenter would gain support for Siemens Nixdorf SBS 2000 and SBS 4000 mainframes, which it previously lacked. CA will also gain 150 development and marketing staff from Siemens Nixdorf, which it will move to new development centres in Germany.
As part of the deal, Siemens Nixdorf servicing division will become a "Unicenter Premier Partner", marketing and supporting Unicenter TNG as its main offering for enterprise customers. Scholtz said Siemens Nixdorf had moved out of systems management because TransView had failed to sell well outside the German market.
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