CA Linux-enables Unicenter TNG

Jumping aboard the Linux bandwagon, Computer Associates announced here on Tuesday the availability of Linux versions of its Unicenter TNG solution, MasterIT solution and Ingres II.

Under the announcement, CA is also offering customers worldwide a 90-day introductory program for the Linux version of Unicenter TNG, the enterprise management system.

According to Ken Farber, senior vice president of CA's worldwide alliances, this could mean savings of several hundred thousand dollars for large customers.

In addition to the new product versions, CA also announced partnerships with Red Hat, Caldera, SuSE and TurboLinux.

Farber said CA is aiming to provide Linux users with the same enterprise management solutions offered for all other operating systems.

"We believe [these] are the fundamental things that are necessary to make Linux ready for the enterprise," he said.

Yogesh Gupta, senior vice president of product strategy, said CA is "trying to get out there and make it easy for users who are using Linux.

"[We're providing] easy entry into enterprise management," he said.

Gupta said this week's announcements follow the availability last year of a Linux developer version of Ingres II, the relational MBS platform.

Farber said CA is expecting to ship four million Linux versions in the coming year.

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