Tivoli will rewrite all its products in Java over the next three to five years, the company revealed at the Networks Telecom 98 show last week.
The IBM subsidiary also told PC Week it is working on two new products: an upgrade to its management architecture called TME 3.6 that will bring "thin client functionality to enterprise management", and Cross-site, an Internet management tool for business-to-business Ecommerce.
Tom Bishop, vice president of infrastructure development at Tivoli, said: "The benefit of writing everything in Java is a perfect fit for Tivoli as we support 30 different platforms. For our customers it means quicker time to market and easy porting to new platforms."
Bishop agreed that the Java slogan of "write once, run anywhere" is not yet true, however. "It is more a case of write once and de-bug everywhere," he said. He argued that the economies of cross platform management are too good to be ignored and that Java will be the standard language for the future.
Richard Mathewson, product developer at Tivoli, said: "We're starting at the client end where Java is more mature, for example Java Bean-based event service and Java client bindings, and working backwards toward the server."
Tivoli's object request broker architecture will be the last piece in the jigsaw to move to Java, he said, "as we are closely watching standards such as JMAPI".
UPGRADE TO TIVOLI'S MANAGEMENT ARCHITECTURE
TME 3.6, code-named Tsunami, is an upgrade to Tivoli's management architecture.
It will be incorporated into all new Tivoli products and will be available as a free upgrade by the end of the year. "The 3.6 agent will make it easier to deploy and maintain management suites," said Tivoli's Mathewson.
"The agent will be one-touch and self-updating: once this is installed we no longer have to visit that box as any new releases/upgrades get defaulted into the end point automatically so that the user does not need to install new applications."
Cross-site, Tivoli's Internet management software, will be available in the UK by the end of the year, as will TME 3.6. Tivoli has an OEM agreement with Marimba to use its Castanet technology to enable software distribution over the Net, and with Checkpoint and ISS for firewall software.
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