Tivoli, SAP team up on management and data protection

IBM's Tivoli Systems network management division on Monday released five new products that will support ERP (enterprise resource planning) software maker SAP AG's enterprise solutions. Specifically, the new products have been designed to deliver lifecycle management, data backup, and data recovery features.

-- Tivoli Management Solution for mySAP.com (SAP's Web-based service) offers performance and availability, security, storage, and change management features. The solution will let users integrate their mySAP.com applications through certified interfaces.

-- Tivoli Manager for R/3 2.2 comes with new availability and performance monitoring features that enable event management, SAP R/3 deployment, and management of R/3 as a distributed application.

-- Tivoli Data Protection for IBM Enterprise Storage Server for R/3 product offers backup tools for SAP R/3 applications, using Enterprise Storage Server's FlashCopy tool to make automated backup copies of production data. The application also integrates with R/3's SAP DBA (database administrator) tool for managing Oracle databases.

-- Tivoli Manager for MQSeries 2.4 provides single-desktop lifecycle management functionality to environments that use MQSeries middleware. The product is designed to let users view the business impacts of MQSeries availability and performance.

-- Tivoli Data Protection for Informix delivers Web-based, incremental backups to let users restore their Informix server databases and logical logs. The tool supports the IBM AIX and Sun Solaris platforms.

"These new solutions add near 24x7 availability of e-business applications and enhanced management of database and application content," said Robert LeBlanc, Tivoli's general manager, in a statement.

The partnership marks the third recent alliance between IBM and SAP. Last Friday, the two companies announced Global Language Support functionality for mySAP.com solutions on IBM's eServer iSeries solutions. The new features include support for both single- and double-byte languages.

IBM and SAP also announced on Friday the limited availability of Windows 2000 application server support for IBM DB2 Universal Database for iSeries.

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