Tivoli Systems has announced "the X-ray glasses that let IT managers peer into the applications and middleware layers of their systems".
This is the claim for the latest in the IBM subsidiary's management products, according to Mike Turner, Tivoli's vice president of applications management solutions.
Tivoli Global Enterprise Manager and the Tivoli Manager for MQSeries provide end-to-end host and distributed management for applications using middleware products like IBM's MQSeries and Cics. They enable administrators to monitor relationships between applications and the middleware layer, and between the middleware products themselves.
The Global Enterprise Manager is scalable and targeted at the large, complex environments that run IBM Cicsplex, and the software integrates with IBM's Cicsplex System Manager. It includes Module Builder, an automation tool for the creation of management-ready applications, speeding up the process and providing a faster return on investment.
A new suite of graphical design tools for developing business system models allows users to customise management views to match enterprise applications. This means that applications and middleware can be managed from one unified view showing all relationships, data flows and interdependencies.
IBM's MQSeries systems handle the data flows between host and distributed applications, and Release 2.0 of the Tivoli Manager for MQSeries extends management capabilities to OS/390 mainframe environments, providing a more complete implementation of end-to-end message throughput, channel availability and MQSeries diagnostics.
Both products ship on 19 June. Tivoli provided no pricing details.
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