The move underlines IBM's plans to offer tighter integration of its software products across the Lotus, Tivoli, Websphere and DB2 database brands. According to Al Zollar, general manager at IBM Lotus, this will also be extended when elements of Notes are spun out in Java to offer Web services through the Websphere server.
Zollar said version six of Lotus and the Domino server will be released in Q3 this year. The Tivoli systems management software will take advantage of new statistics and activity measurement capabilities within Domino 6 to predict sizing requirements and capacity bottlenecks.
Tivoli Manager for Lotus Domino will not be essential to access the metrics provided because Domino Administrator will have this capability, but Tivoli will enable management and predictive capabilities across several servers.
Zollar also said Java will form the basis of a future release of Notes which will offer Web services, such as e-mail and Instant Messaging. Power users will still be able to use the traditional Notes environment.