Tivoli Software Watches Over Mainframe IP Nets

Users controlling IP resources with S/390 mainframes may be interested in an improved performance management package from Tivoli Systems Inc. that monitors application response time, FTP transfers and network performance.

The product - NetView Performance Monitor for TCP/IP (NPM/IP) - lets network professionals monitor, identify and reduce IP network resource congestion, minimizing downtime and increasing application performance and availability.

NPM/IP also now lets users monitor CPU utilization and server volumes or load balance for heavily used IP stacks on the mainframe. Real-time views of FTP session logs will help net managers catch failed transfers before they create problems.

Managing IP resources from a mainframe is critical. Market research firm International Data Corp. says that by 2004 IP-based clients will constitute 94 percent of the host access client units shipped, and users will find it increasingly important to monitor the performance and health of IP-based mainframe resources.

NPM/IP 1.2 is an S/390 mainframe application that monitors the IP stack and can be managed from a Windows PC or Web browser.

With NPM/IP, Tivoli is helping users marry their mainframe and IP environments, says Richard Ptak, a vice president at Hurwitz Group Inc.

Audrey Rasmussen, research director at the Enterprise Management Associates consultancy, says products such as NPM/IP are ideal for mainframe owners to use in their transition over to e-business systems.

"With e-business, you can't wait. Tools such as [NPM/IP] can give mainframe users the immediate real-time visibility and control of their IP applications and transactions," she says.

NPM/IP requires OS/390 Version 2.7 or higher on the mainframe and Windows 95, 98 or NT for the workstation client. NPM/IP with the Windows graphical user interface is available now. NPM/IP with the Web browser interface will ship in March. Pricing for NPM will start at US$20,000 and could cost more than $500,000, depending on the size of the S/390 server.

Tivoli: www.tivoli.com

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