IBM's Tivoli buys S/390 software management firm

IBM's Tivoli Systems is looking to buy its way further into the mainframe management arena.

The company on Friday announced it was scooping up its partner Accessible Software for an undisclosed sum. Accessible Software technology lets Tivoli users see their mainframe resources in a single image that includes their network and client/server topology.

Tivoli is claiming that this view will help customers control their mainframe applications and business processes, particularly when the mainframes are used to handle e-business operations. Key to the buyout is Accessible's Access 1 product, which allows IT managers to automatically drill into the mainframe's applications and business processes, Tivoli says. The companies plan to more tightly integrate Access 1 and Tivoli Enterprise, the Tivoli flagship management application.

Recently, Tivoli, an IBM subsidiary, has made a number of acquisitions to gain technology for database, scheduling and storage management.

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