Red Hat releases systems management tool

Red Hat announced a systems management module on Thursday at the LinuxWorld conference.

The module runs on top of the Red Hat Network (RHN) and can monitor network devices, systems, applications, and transactions, according to Paul Santinelli, product marketing manager at Red Hat.

The systems management framework also features trend analysis, service-level availability reporting, automated fault management, asset inventory management, and integration with other management consoles.

"One of the keys of this is it integrates to existing consoles," Santinelli said. "We can pass information from inside our systems management module and back into these high-level consoles."

The systems management software is a framework that includes plug-ins for the system level, port level, application server level, database level, networks, and custom plug-ins.

"You can also use this to monitor other platforms within your environment," Santinelli said.

Michael Tiemann, Red Hat's CTO, said that the management platform is consistent with an open-source architecture, in that it is primed for handling the rapid rate of innovation associated with open source and the capabilities are growing.

One of Red Hat's customers, Sitel, is planning to deploy the program in the second quarter of this year across Red Hat, AIX, and Windows servers. Scott Clark, Sitel's director of systems engineering, was at the press conference to praise the virtues of Red Hat's systems management software.

"We are what I call a failed Tivoli deployment," Clark said. Clark added that when shopping for Tivoli, he found that the company only used between 15-20 percent of Tivoli's functionality. "[Red Hat] is a simple deployment for us," he said.

Another customer on hand at the press conference, OpSource, said that the price was attractive. "We found Red Hat had a low footprint, transferred its data in a secure manner, and it was about four-to-one lower in cost than the other products," said John Rowell, vice president of operations and engineering at OpSource, a startup that provides outsourced on-premises IT infrastructure services.

The systems management module is the second one from Red Hat, preceded by one for software delivery and maintenance.

"You will see additional modules come from us in the next six to nine months," Santinelli said.

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