IBM has announced software and services designed to help organisations with 1,000 to 5,000 staff quickly and easily install tools to manage networks and standardise software development and delivery practices.
IBM packaged technology it acquired with Micromuse in 2006 into its Tivoli Network Manager IP Entry Edition. The software installs on a server and discovers network elements and helps IT managers understand the network capacity they have and what they will need to support new applications and services.
Using existing SNMP agents on managed devices, the software taps Micromuse technology, or Netcool fault management software, to pinpoint the source of performance problems or network failures, IBM says.
"This software is best-of-breed but can install quickly," says Michele Grieshaber, director of channel strategy for Tivoli.
Available now, Tivoli Network Manager IP Entry Edition costs US$35,000 and designed for companies with 1,000 to 5,000 employees.
From its Rational software group, IBM announced software to help developers build and deliver applications in a standard, repeatable and compliant fashion.
IBM Rational Build Forge Express Edition is based on software the company acquired with Build Forge in 2006 and works with the Rational software delivery platform.
The product helps teams developing applications standardize and automate repetitive tasks, manage compliance mandates and share information, which IBM says speeds application delivery processes. Scheduled to be available in mid-October, Rational Build Forge Express Edition is priced at US$49,000.
IBM, which has its Express Advantage range for what it calls SMBs -- in which it includes companies with 1,000 to 5,000 staff -- is looking to tap the growing market, Grieshaber says. The company reports in the first half of 2007 seeing a 12 per cent increase in sales of its Express Advantage products.
"Small to midsize is the fastest-growing segment of the market, and IBM sees the opportunity to provide these companies with technologies and innovation to meet their needs," she says.