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IBM EXTENDS SYSTEMVIEW TO MANAGE LANS; INTRODUCES DATABASE MANAGEMENT ON FOUR SYSTEMVIEW PLATFORMS

 IBM EXTENDS SYSTEMVIEW TO MANAGE LANS;
 INTRODUCES DATABASE MANAGEMENT ON FOUR SYSTEMVIEW PLATFORMS
 WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) announced today that it is bringing SystemView(A), its strategy for managing heterogeneous enterprise information systems, further into the arena of open distributed systems.
 Key products introduced today permit customers to provide comprehensive management services from either an OS/2(A)- or AIX(A)- based LAN.
 In addition, IBM announced a family of SystemView products that gives customers the capability to manage single or multiple relational databases, including those residing on LANs, from an OS/2 workstation.
 "Customers are becoming more and more dependent on LANS to run their everyday business operations," said Bill Warner, NS director of enterprise management, IBM Networking Systems. "With this announcement, we're giving those customers a set of full-function SystemView tools to manage their LANs more efficiently. And with that delivery, we can now provide end-to-end systems management for the enterprise."
 OS/2-Based Products for Independent or Networked LANs Today IBM announced IBM LANfocus(A) Management/2, a comprehensive distributed systems management package for an OS/2 LAN-based platform. Clients are OS/2, DOS 5.0, and DOS with Microsoft Windows(B) 3.1.
 LANfocus Management/2 is a new family of SystemView-conforming products that are based on open industry standards and include support for Common Management Information Protocol (CMIP), Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), and the X/Open Management Protocol (XMP) interface. Use of standard interfaces like XMP -- today named a SystemView application programming interface -- enhances application portability and ease of development.
 Among the LANfocus Management/2 products announced today are:
 -- LANfocus Manage/2, the platform product that provides system services for LANfocus management applications.
 -- LANfocus Start/2, LANfocus Monitor/2 and LANfocus Fix/2, three management applications designed to run on that platform. They provide, respectively, configuration, systems performance and fault-management services.
 -- LANfocus NetView(A) Tie/2, which provides a LAN-to-NetView link for customers who prefer to divide management of system resources between LAN- and host-based products, or who prefer to centralize all management on the host processor.
 Support for Software Developers
 IBM also announced that it is providing technical assistance to third-party developers who plan to migrate their systems management applications to the LANfocus Management/2 platform. Several key independent software vendors have announced their support for LANfocus Management/2. Novell, for example, has joined IBM in a development effort that will enable LANfocus to manage NetWare(B) servers.
 New Software Distribution Capabilities
 IBM today introduced a new automated Configuration, Installation and Distribution (CID) process that can dramatically reduce the time the end user spends on the installation of a workstation software package -- in some cases, from one and a half hours to less than one minute.
 The CID installation process -- which transfers software from either a LAN server or host to workstations without end user involvement -- is designed to ultimately free the end user from all distribution and installation tasks.
 Major CID components introduced today are LANfocus Start/2 and new releases of NetView Distribution Manager and NetView Distribution Manager/2, which together provide software distribution throughout the total network.
 New Version of NetView/6000 to Manage AIX LANs
 IBM today named AIX a supported environment for SystemView managing applications, creating a platform that will bring the benefits of integrated systems management to the growing segment of customers who use AIX-based LANs to process business data. AIX is IBM's implementation of the UNIX(B) operating system.
 AIX SystemView NetView/6000 Version 2, announced Sept. 15, is IBM's AIX-based platform for managing AIX networks. NetView/6000 can manage a multivendor SNMP network -- providing a full range of function from monitoring systems performance to managing remote devices. Like its OS/2 counterpart (LANfocus Management/2) NetView/6000 Version 2 supports SNMP, CMIP and XMP.
 Systems Monitor/6000, an associated product announced Sept. 15, makes it possible for NetView/6000 to manage multiple remote RISC System/6000(A) networks more effectively. Systems Monitor/6000 permits the network operator to offload systems-monitoring tasks from the network platform to remote nodes, thereby reducing the amount of data that must be processed on the network platform.
 IBM said that it intends to enable its AIX LAN platform to manage OS/2 networks as well.
 DataHub Reduces Complexity of Database Management
 As part of today's announcement, IBM introduced DataHub(A),a family of SystemView-conforming software products that help customers more effectively manage the enterprise relational databases their businesses depend on.
 With DataHub, customers can manage their SAA(A) relational databases, regardless of operating system platform or physical location of data, from an OS/2 workstation. All DataHub products share a common object-based graphical interface. And all have automation features that greatly reduce the time needed to get information out of the database and into the hands of the person who needs it.
 The DataHub platform supports both DataHub products and database management tools from IBM and other software vendors. Three companies today announced their intention to support the DataHub platform. They are Candle(B) Corporation and PLATINUM technology(B) inc., both SystemView International Alliance Members, and LEGENT(B) Inc., a SystemView Development Partner.
 SystemView Structure Extended to Support Distributed Systems
 In response to customer demand for products to manage distributed environments, IBM today announced that it is extending the SystemView Structure to provide additional support for open multivendor systems. The SystemView Structure is a set of guidelines and definitions. It enables programmers to create applications which work together to provide end-to-end management of enterprise information systems.
 Support for open distributed management announced today includes the addition of AIX as a managing system, the endorsement of the X/Open Management Protocol (XMP) as a SystemView application programming interface, and extensions to the SystemView Data Model and Levels of Integration.
 The SystemView Data Model, which provides definitions of the resources of an enterprise's information system, has been expanded with the addition of more than 150 new objects. Objects, which are software definitions of hardware and software in a system, can make it faster and easier to run a system. The Data Model will also be upgraded to conform to the final implementation of the International Standards Organization's Guidelines for the Definition of Managed Objects (GDMO).
 At the same time, IBM reaffirmed its commitment to an evolutionary approach to data -- especially for those customers who have a significant investment in existing management applications.
 Several extensions to the SystemView Levels of Integration -- guidelines for application conformance -- were also announced today.
 SystemView Integration Level 1 now includes the OSF/Motif(B) user interface for applications created for the AIX platform. IBM's Graphics Interface Kit/2 was named an Integration Level 2 screen designer. IBM also announced that Level 2 conformance criteria for NetView automation services have been extended and clarified to increase the options available to application programmers.
 New Product, Functions for System/390 Host Management
 Today IBM announced two products designed to automate systems management in a mainframe environment. In addition, several SystemView host-based products are now available.
 Automation Operations Control/MVS Release 2 (AOC/MVS) provides several new functions that improve information gathering and decision making. AOC/MVS runs on NetView, IBM's host platform for SystemView automation.
 The new release of AOC/MVS relies on two NetView functions -- an object-based OS/2 graphical interface and the Resource Object Data Manager -- to help network operators monitor multiple network resources from a single workstation. The Resource Object Data Manager makes it easier to integrate a variety of management products so they can be used from one screen.
 IBM also introduced a new management application today: dpAccounting Manager/MVS, a product that provides a range of forecasting, pricing and billing options for data-center-related costs. The application can be customized for either internal cost centers or external profit centers.
 IBM also announced the availability of several other SystemView host products. Operations Planning and Control/ESA Version 1 Release 2 (OPC/ESA) enhances workload and problem management in an MVS environment. Service Level Reporter Version 3 Release 3 (SLR) can be used to project system growth requirements. In addition, IBM said that its SystemView VM resource manager, Host Management Facilities (HMF/VM), will be available in November.
 (A) -- Indicates trademark or registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation.
 (B) -- Indicates trademarks as follows: Windows of Microsoft Corporation; NetWare of Novell Inc.; UNIX of UNIX Systems Laboratories Inc.; Candle Corp., PLATINUM technology inc., and LEGENT Inc., of those organizations; and OSF/Motif of the Open Software Foundation.
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