Computer Associates (CA) has again delayed the release of its updated network management suite.
TND (The Next Dimension), the next release of Unicenter, will not ship until early next year, CA executives said last week.
TND was originally set for release at the beginning of this year, but at CA's annual conference in New Orleans last month, it told users it would not ship until December at the earliest.
CA said it is forced to delay availability until the underlying Jasmine ii (intelligent infrastructure) object-oriented database technology matures.
"TND is a huge product. We're in the early stages of beta testing," said Yogesh Gupta, CA senior vice-president of e-business strategy. "The question is: what do customers want and when do they feel it is ready?"
TND is set to replace the existing TNG (The Next Generation) version of Unicenter. The latest software features predictive technology using so-called 'neugents'. These use agent software based on neural network technology, which is built into the Jasmine ii database.
"If you look at your network today, you can tell what it looks like now but you can't see what it looked like last week. Using neugents, you can predict what it will look like next week," said Gupta.
"People are still getting to grips with Unicenter TNG, so there won't be too much concern about delays to TND right now," said Jim Fagan, president of the UK Unicenter Users' Association.
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