Computer Associates International Inc. last week extended its support for open source software, introducing a version of Unicenter TNG that not only can be used to manage Linux networks, but can also run on Linux machines.
Unicenter TNG 2.4 can run on Linux distributions from Caldera Systems Inc., Red Hat Inc., Suse GmBH and TurboLinux Inc., complementing CA's support for other operating systems, including assorted Microsoft offerings and Unix variations. Observers say that making Unicenter TNG available on Linux could appeal to small companies and branch offices at large companies looking to get management systems up fast and without a lot of cost.
"The value of enterprise management products is greatly amplified for e-business if you can make it cheap and easy to get started with," says Michael Dortch, senior research analyst at The Robert Frances Group.
Customers can get started with Unicenter TNG by securing a free, no frills framework version of the software that includes enterprise discovery, event management, virus detection and other features.
CA isn't the only system management vendor embracing Linux. A version of Tivoli Systems Inc.'s management framework runs on Linux, as does the newest release of its SANergy storage software. The firm plans to offer a Linux version of its policy director and Linux for the OS/390. Hewlett-Packard Co.'s OpenView IT/Operations for Linux became available in June 1999.
Also new in Unicenter TNG 2.4 is technology designed to make it easier for management service providers (MSP) to roll out offerings based on CA's software. Among other things, the software lets MSPs manage customers' networks across firewalls.
Rival software vendors, such as BMC Software Inc., have also made moves to make their software available as a service.
Version 2.4 of CA's software also includes better support for Windows 2000, more database and application management features, and enhanced storage-area network support, including full discovery and status monitoring of SAN devices. Pricing for Unicenter starts at US$2,500 per server.