Peregrine targets IT asset management

Peregrine Systems Inc. rolled out a new IT asset management appliance Wednesday designed specifically for small and mid-sized business.

In addition, the company also announced it has formed a new business group dedicated to developing relationships with channel partners to serve small and mid-sized customers.

Peregrine's new Xanadu appliance is designed to deliver advanced IT asset management services with a rapid ROI to smaller companies and departments of larger organizations. Packaged as an appliance and delivered as a service, Xanadu is a self-installing appliance designed to offer asset discovery, asset tracking and incident reporting coupled with Web-delivered employee self service. Xanadu continuously identifies, monitors and manages an organization's entire IT network, providing comprehensive views of an organization's vital network, desktop and mobile devices, according to company officials.

The ability to manage IT assets effectively, including complex networks and mobile devices, has been largely available only to bigger companies, said Steve Gardner, Peregrine's chairman and CEO. Xanadu will help eliminate significant frictional costs in managing the IT assets of midsize organizations, he said.

The most significant impediment to technology advancement and optimization among small and midsize businesses is lack of resources and skills, said Mika Krammer, an analyst with Gartner Group Inc. As a result, their primary criteria for selecting IT products and services, such as systems management solutions, are ease of implementation and maintenance. Through 2002, small and mid-sized businesses will focus their technology spending on security and solutions that can help them realize enhanced functionality and operational efficiency at a reasonable cost, as they make attempts to rationalize the infrastructure and systems that they already have, Krammer added.

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