Tivoli promotes economic survival via infrastructure management

At Tivoli Systems' annual series of user conferences, the company and its partners (including Cisco Systems, Compaq Computer,...

At Tivoli Systems' annual series of user conferences, the company and its partners (including Cisco Systems, Compaq Computer, IBM, Sun Microsystems and Symantec) are expected to discuss how companies can use e-business infrastructure management to survive the economic shakeout.

According to Tivoli organisers, the conference, to be held in San Francisco from 1 May to 4 May, will cover five key issues: performance and availability of IT resources; Web management for e-businesses; security and privacy; enterprise storage; and service delivery management.

Several product roll-outs and upgrades are expected. For example, Tivoli is scheduled to announce new management tools that will integrate with IBM's WebSphere application server. Tivoli officials claim that the integration will allow for "a fully managed, end-to-end infrastructure".

Tivoli is also expected to announce a co-built product that will see the company's SecureWay Risk Manager integrated with a product from an as-yet-unnamed security company. The product will allegedly reduce the threat of Web hacks by protecting, monitoring, analysing and managing e-business security risks.

In the storage arena, Tivoli and McData, a US-based storage area network (SAN) provider, will unwrap a new "LAN (local area network)-free" device that will enable companies to quickly implement storage systems without attaching them to their LANs. According to Tivoli, the appliance will eliminate the interoperability and configuration concerns that normally accompany SAN deployments.

Other announcements will revolve around service provider partnerships. One such relationship is expected to see Tivoli joining forces with a yet-unidentified service provider to develop an e-marketplace for both business and collaboration. Another partnership, this one with US-based iTsunami, will enable network management through the use of Tivoli products.

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