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Tivoli offers management agents for palm handheld

Tivoli has announced a roadmap to provide systems management on handheld computers, cable modems and, at a later date, mobile phones.

Cliff Saran

Israel Gat, general manager of Tivoli's new pervasive management business unit, said, "We perceive a post-PC era where the fabric of computing is changing."

He said Tivoli's vision would provide a way to aggregate data and make data meaningful to business. To achieve this, Tivoli plans to make handheld devices full members of Tivoli Ent-erprise. "We are offering pervasive management where we can manage anything from anywhere," said Gat.

Tivoli previously concentrated on IT systems management. It will now offer management agents to run on handheld computers. One of the first devices which will have an agent is 3Com's palm handheld.

The technology, according to Gat, will enable business users to load the right data into the palm in real time. It will also allow IT departments to distribute software over wireless networks.

Gat said the Tivoli agent has been specifically designed to run within the constrained computing power of the Palm.

Tivoli is also developing management agent technology for other devices, including Windows CE-based handhelds and cash machines.

Gat also said Tivoli was considering its technology for the Symbian wireless platform.

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This was first published in March 2000

 

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