The key annoucement at Tivoli Systems Inc.'s user conference in San Francisco last week was the availability of Tivoli Manager for IBM's WebSphere application server, which underscored the vendor's assertion that e-business infrastructure management can help users survive the economic shakeout.
Tivoli also expanded its roster of third-party partners, which is in line with its history of creating relationships, said Jasmine Noel, an analyst at Hurwitz Group in Framingham, Mass. "They recognize that they can't do everything all the time," Noel said.
The WebSphere support emphasizes the cost-effective single point of administration over multiple domains, resource and performance monitoring tools, and centralized event collection, according to Tivoli officials. The upgrade is aimed at securing Web-based applications.
Austin, Texas-based Tivoli, which is owned by IBM Corp., also partnered with Gilian Technologies Inc., a Redwood Shores, Calif.-based security company, to integrate Tivoli's SecureWay Risk Manager with Gilian's G-Server entry-control appliance. The combined solution will allow companies to better manage access to networks, systems, and applications, officials said.
Tivoli also unveiled a software kit targeted at enterprise privacy. Tivoli's SecureWay Privacy Manager is aimed at helping companies comply with federal laws that limit financial institutions' freedom to disclose customer information to third parties. The Privacy Manager will review access rules when enterprise applications try to retrieve customer data.
Tivoli also unveiled partnerships with Ariba, McData, and Pacific Information Systems. Tivoli has signed up Mountain View, Calif.-based business-to-business trading network services company Ariba to establish new integration links between Tivoli's e-Marketplace Manager and Ariba's procurement and online trading solutions. The Ariba relationship helps both parties, particularly given Ariba's limited infrastructure management capabilities, Hurwitz's Noel said .
In the storage arena, Tivoli and McData, a SAN (storage area network) company with headquarters in Broomfield, Colo., will develop a "LAN-free" device that will let companies quickly implement storage systems without attaching them to their LANs, said Tivoli officials.
The partnership with Portland, Ore.-based Pacific will enable network management through Tivoli products and Pacific's MSP (managed services provider) iTsunami division.
Tivoli reaches out
Tivoli signed partnerships with Gilian, Ariba, and McData to expand its e-business management features.
* Tivoli SecureWay Risk Manager and Gilian's G-Server will guard against corrupt data and will help with security risk analysis.
* Tivoli's e-Marketplace Manager will work with Ariba's procurement offerings.
* Tivoli and McData will develop "LAN-free" storage options.