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Red Hat Isn't Alone at the Linux Management Table - page 2

Joining the League of Enterprise Management Systems

  • February 3, 2003
  • By Jacqueline Emigh

On the LinuxWorld showfloor, CA shined the spotlight on 16 different management products for heterogenous enterprises. All told, CA produces 60 solutions supporting Linux, said John Pincomb, CA's VP of marketing.

Unicenter Management Portal, one of the 16 products on display, provides browser-based, process-oriented views of statistics generated by Unicenter.

The portal currently runs on Red Hat, SuSE, and SCO/Calders distributions of Linux, along with Windows 2000/NT; Solaris, AIX, and Linux for OS/390, said Andrew Dienger, a developer for HP. Going forward, CA is supporting RedHat and United Linux.

Unicenter Management Portal is geared to network and systems administrators, as well as business managers, according to Dienger. "You can look at the information, but you can't change anything."

CA will port much of its remaining software to Linux, too, "but only as appropriate," Pincomb noted. "Some of our stuff that runs on mainframes is relevant to Linux, but some of it isn't."

HP, in contrast, is ultimately planning Linux support for all its software, said Judy Chavez, HP's worldwide director for Unix.

For the most part, HP will support UnitedLinux and Red Hat only, according to Chavez. Yet HP will also keep providing certain products--including scientific software tools--on other Linux distributions, such as Debian.

Operations Manager and Performance Manager--the two linchpins of HP OpenView--currently run only on HP-UX, Solaris and Windows. HP, though, also offers agents for all major platforms, including Linux.

IBM, another big Linux backer, made a couple of announcements around network and systems management at LinuxWorld. Later this year, IBM will extend Lotus iNotes Web Access to Linux clients. Domino-side support is expected in March, and client-side support during the second half of 2003.

For zSeries and xSeriers machines, IBM unveiled Tivoli System Automation, a software product for policy-based self-healing.

Director 4.1 on IBM eServer Blade Center was another finalist for systems integration in this year's Open Source Product Excellence Awards. Aside from SCO's Volution Manager and SuSE's YaST2, other contenders included CA's Unicenter Network and Systems Management; ActiveState's PureMessage; Novell's eDirectory 8.7; and Ximian's Red Carpet Enterprise.

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