IBM Automates Systems Management Software for Mainframe Environments

IBM's Tivoli Software Offers New Problem Detection, Isolation, and Resolution Features for IBM zSeries Systems

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AUSTIN, TX - 01 Mar 2005: IBM today announced an expanded suite of new IBM Tivoli software products that automate real-time systems management and monitoring capabilities for its IBM eServer zSeries® infrastructure management solution. The Tivoli OMEGAMON software suite allows organizations to proactively detect, isolate, and repair application performance problems anywhere within their IT infrastructure.

This enhanced product suite integrates technology from IBM's acquisition of Candle in 2004, creating a complete Tivoli systems management solution for zSeries customers.

The Tivoli suite provides the industry's most comprehensive offering of monitoring capabilities for zSeries environments. Customers can use a common user interface to monitor their zSeries mainframe systems and proactively manage variable workloads found in complex enterprise environments. Customers are now able to lower the cost of ownership of their infrastructure by having an integrated view of the resources being utilized across their entire zSeries environment instead of having to rely on a patchwork of disparate architectures and solutions.

Providing a high-performance, zero-downtime environment involves multiple technologies -- such as workload management and automation solutions -- that help proactively adjust the infrastructure with shifts in demand. Systems management solutions ensure that applications are operating optimally with capacity planning products that help predict future technology needs.

For example, an insurance company can automatically detect and resolve potential network problems while managing their end-to-end mainframe environment using a common user interface. This can help the company reduce the cost and complexity of managing large data centers while maximizing availability and dealing with the day-to-day volatilities of their industry, such as a rise in claims due to a natural disaster.

Improved Systems Management Tools for Channel Partners
Business partners, like customers, are also realizing the benefits of the implementation and are collaborating with IBM to extend the value of tailored systems management capabilities to a customer base with diverse business requirements. IBM business partners will be able to use IBM's systems management expertise to create solutions that enable their customers to monitor their IT environments, end to end, resulting in improved IT and business operations.

"As a business partner, the combined IBM Tivoli and Candle systems management offering enables us to reach a broader set of customers with more comprehensive solutions," said Ken LoCascio, manager, Software Solutions, Vicom Infinity. "We believe the new IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE portfolio presents the most beneficial and all-encompassing collection of systems management products to our customers."

The IBM Tivoli® OMEGAMON XE solution includes products which monitor and manage zSeries operating systems and subsystems such as Linux, z/OS®, including: z/OS UNIX System Services and Parallel Sysplex, z/VM®, UNIX® System Services, CICS®, DB2®, IMS(TM), zSeries networks, storage, WebSphere® Application Server (WAS), WebSphere Integration Brokers and WebSphere MQ.

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