Computer Associates (CA) has launched Unicenter The Next Dimension (TND), the next major version of its systems management software, which will include the neural network based predictive analysis software it acquired with AIWare last November.
Although TND is scheduled to ship sometime in 1999 - most likely by the end of that year - CA has already released the AIWare technology as an add-on option to version 2.2 of Unicenter TNG, which became available this week.
Sanjay Kumar, CA?s chief operating officer, said: ?The next dimension is time. Most tools have a fuzzy view of the past and a very fuzzy view of the future, but we want to expand that view. With TND, you can operate in the past and future with the same tools as you have in the present. You can take your business process views and see them anywhere in the time continuum. Neural network technology learns via observation and over time, it understands your infrastructure. It can predict problems before they happen.?
While CA has already embedded AIWare?s neural network based engine into TNG, users need to buy separate neural network agents, dubbed nugents, to manage different software and hardware devices, including automatic teller machines and routers.
The company is currently looking for beta customers to test its nugents, which start at $1,000 running on one Windows NT based server. Nugents are at present limited in functionality to performance and availability prediction, but in the TND release will be able to deal with security and anti-virus prediction, scheduling and capacity planning.
TND, which already has an object oriented schema, will include more than just neural network technology, however. It will also be based on the Jasmine object database rather than CA?s Ingres relational database to provide users with a full range of object services. CA claims that the upgrade process is transparent due to tools that automatically map the data from one database to another.
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