Boole & Babbage Delivers Command and Control of Client/Server Systems with Ensign R3; Out-of-the-Box Solution Enhanced With a New Console, Over 50 Automation Modules and Three New Applications.SAN JOSE San Jose, city, United States
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A distributed system consists of a collection of autonomous computers linked by a computer network and equipped with distributed system software. , today announced a major new release of Ensign, its event management and systems administration solution for multi-site, heterogeneous client/server environments.
The new release, known as Ensign R3, features new support for Windows NT (Windows New Technology) A 32-bit operating system from Microsoft for Intel x86 CPUs. NT is the core technology in Windows 2000 and Windows XP (see Windows). Available in separate client and server versions, it includes built-in networking and preemptive multitasking. , in addition to Novell NetWare (operating system, networking) Novell NetWare - Novell, Inc.'s proprietary networking operating system for the IBM PC.
NetWare uses the IPX/SPX, NetBEUI or TCP/IP network protocols. It supports MS-DOS, Microsoft Windows, OS/2, Macintosh and Unix clients. and 13 leading UNIX operating systems, a new distributed control console, more than 50 pre-defined surveillance and automation modules, plus interoperability with Scheduling, Software Distribution and Trouble Ticketing applications -- all in a low-cost, easy to install management suite.
"Ensign R3 now delivers the consolidation, integration and automation capabilities necessary to improve service levels of mission-critical applications being deployed on virtually any UNIX UNIX
Operating system for digital computers, developed by Ken Thompson of Bell Laboratories in 1969. It was initially designed for a single user (the name was a pun on the earlier operating system Multics). or PC LAN (1) A network of IBM or IBM-compatible PCs.
(2) A network of any variety of computers. server," said Saverio Merlo, senior vice president, marketing, of Boole & Babbage.
True Multiplatform Support
Ensign R3 offers support for PC LAN servers running NetWare, version 3.1 and 4.1, and Windows NT, expanding its reach to the majority of client/server systems being deployed or in production. In addition, Ensign R3 offers the most extensive support for UNIX platforms, including IBM (International Business Machines Corporation, Armonk, NY, www.ibm.com) The world's largest computer company. IBM's product lines include the S/390 mainframes (zSeries), AS/400 midrange business systems (iSeries), RS/6000 workstations and servers (pSeries), Intel-based servers (xSeries) AIX (Advanced Interactive eXecutive) IBM's Unix-based operating system which runs on its Intellistation workstations and pSeries, p5, iSeries and i5 server families. , HP-UX HP's version of Unix that runs on its 9000 family. It is based on SVID and incorporates features from BSD Unix along with several HP innovations.
(operating system) HP-UX - The version of Unix running on Hewlett-Packard workstations. , SUN OS, Solaris, SNI (1) (Subscriber Network Interface) The point of interface between the customer's equipment (CPE) and a communications service from a common carrier.
(2) (SNA Network I Sinix, SGI (SGI, Sunnyvale, CA, www.sgi.com) A manufacturer of workstations and servers, founded in 1982 by Jim Clark. The company was founded as Silicon Graphics, Inc., but changed to its acronym in 1999. IRIX A Unix-based operating system from SGI that is used in its computer systems from desktop to supercomputer. It is an enhanced version of Unix System V Release 4. IRIX integrates the X Window system with OpenGL, creating the first real time 3D X environment. , SCO UNIX, AT&T GIS, NCR (NCR Corporation, Dayton, OH, www.ncr.com) A technology company specializing in financial terminal transactions, retail systems and data warehousing. Until the late 1990s, NCR was heavily invested in the hardware side of the industry, known worldwide as a major manufacturer of computers Tower, Dolphin, Ultrx and Digital UNIX (formerly OSF/1).
From a common interface, administrators can now easily configure and deploy a solution that manages availability and daily operations of their heterogeneous UNIX, NetWare and NT environments.
Integrated Console for Optimum Event Management
A new customizable console integrates alert and system administration functions. Icons correlated to color-coded alerts let operators simultaneously identify both server and application problems, and drill down to the appropriate corrective action.
A new intelligent Ensign Request Broker (ERB) module features a rules-based architecture that forwards alerts representing certain critical conditions to the appropriate notification device, including UNIX-mail, SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) A widely used network monitoring and control protocol. Data are passed from SNMP agents, which are hardware and/or software processes reporting activity in each network device (hub, router, bridge, etc. manager, pager, printer or fax.
For example, critical alerts appearing during non-business hours can be automatically escalated to an alternate console in a different time zone, or to a pager to notify an on-call technician. Additionally, ERB performs automated polling for IP devices, such as PCs, routers, bridges and hubs, as well as heartbeat checking for Ensign Agents.
Through the new Troubleshoot function, an alert message can be accompanied by context-sensitive graphical tools or automated corrective actions to resolve specific problems. In this way, critical alerts can be resolved by both highly-skilled systems administrators or Help Desk support staff with limited knowledge of UNIX commands.
Because the Ensign R3 MultiPoint-Control architecture allows selected routine alerts to be distributed to junior administrators and Help Desk staff at distributed consoles, centralized senior administrators can focus their expertise on more high-level management tasks, such as security violations, systems automation and computer environment expansion.
More than 50 pre-defined filters and automation modules allow Ensign R3 to begin troubleshooting and automating system fixes immediately following installation, without customization. When customization is desired, a new graphical Alarm Builder creates alert management rules, eliminating time-intensive development and maintenance of alert definition and automation rules.
A new "out-of-the-box" intelligent install program plus consolidated CD packaging enables Ensign R3 to install in less than 10 minutes.
"Most distributed systems management products require significant development efforts before they can provide basic management functionality in a customer environment," said Chet Geschickter, vice president of the Hurwitz Consulting Group in Boston. "There is a strong need in the market for pragmatic solutions like Ensign R3 that can deliver management-in-a-box capabilities at affordable prices."
Application Interoperability & Enterprise Scalability
Ensign R3 also functions as an open platform for running best-of-breed management applications, including OCS OCS - Object Compatibility Standard Express for Scheduling, Remedy ARS for trouble ticketing and Tangram AM:PM for software distribution.
An integration toolkit is also available for customers who want to integrate Ensign R3 with their existing system management applications. Native applications can be launched from the Ensign R3 console. Ensign R3 will also ensure their usability and availability by checking processes and sending alert messages to appropriate consoles, as required.
Ensign R3 intelligent agent technology extends the scalability and reach of COMMAND/POST, the Boole & Babbage enterprise management solution, as well as the leading frameworks like HP OpenView and IBM SystemView for AIX.
Pricing and Availability
Ensign R3 will be shipping during Q1 1996. Pricing begins at $5,000. For more information please call 800/544-2152.
Boole & Babbage is a worldwide leader in Enterprise Automation solutions for managing distributed systems. The company works in partnership with customers to boost systems availability, reduce overall computing costs and strategically automate the entire IT enterprise.
Through advanced interoperability, its proven solutions let customers gain proactive control of their distributed computing environments -- from mainframe to desktop and legacy to client/server. Boole & Babbage products complement Help Desk, data center operations, network and systems administration and storage management.
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