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TIVOLI'S TECHNOLOGY PLAYS DOMINANT ROLE IN OPEN SOFTWARE FOUNDATION'S DISTRIBUTED MANAGEMENT ENVIRONMENT

 TIVOLI'S TECHNOLOGY PLAYS DOMINANT ROLE IN
 OPEN SOFTWARE FOUNDATION'S DISTRIBUTED MANAGEMENT ENVIRONMENT
 Object-Oriented Software Standard Goes Beyond Network Management
 to Address Complex Services, Resources of Computer Networks
 AUSTIN, Texas, June 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Technology from an Austin, Texas, start-up company that dramatically simplifies the management of distributed computer systems will soon be broadly available to businesses and computer-industry vendors as part of the Open Software Foundation's Distributed Management Environment. Standards-based software for more efficiently managing open computing environments, OSF's DME uses a software framework, applications, services and graphical user interfaces based on object-oriented technology from TIVOLI Systems, Inc., as the foundation for systems management.
 As part of its open process, OSF today formally announced the availability of the first "snapshot" of the DME software, so that industry vendors and users can begin incorporating it into their products or computer installations. The full, first release of DME will be available in the second half of 1993.
 "In basing the DME on TIVOLI technology, OSF has acknowledged that object-oriented technology is the only viable approach to managing today's widely distributed, open computing environments," said Frank Moss, TIVOLI's president.
 Today's computing installations are spread over increasingly more extensive, heterogeneous networks of computers. Traditional network management software and protocols like CMIP and SMNP manage the physical connections and basic devices that are the underpinnings to these networks. But only our technology provides the higher-level tools for managing the lifeblood of a distributed computing systems -- the network-resident services, resources, management and security policies, and operational roles that keep the whole thing going. Such tools are critical as users begin to take advantage of increasingly more affordable, open computing for their mission-critical applications."
 TIVOLI already provides several management applications based on this new approach, and, with the availability of the DME, users can look forward to additional applications -- from TIVOLI and others -- in the very near future."
 Moss added, "In embracing our technology so wholeheartedly, OSF has really delivered on its charter of finding, integrating and making widely available the best open-systems technologies -- whether those technologies come from a start-up company like TIVOLI or an industry giant such as Hewlett-Packard."
 The TIVOLI technology has been widely endorsed as the standard method for managing distributed computers. UNIX Systems Laboratories has selected and is making available the TIVOLI technology as the distributed-system management solution for UNIX Systems V.4. Under a joint development and technology-sharing agreement, SunSoft and TIVOLI are working on developing the industry's first systems-management foundation based on the Object Management Group (OMG) standard for distributed computing. The jointly developed technology will be bundled with future versions of the Solaris solution, an advanced operating environment. TIVOLI will work with SunSoft to ensure interoperability between the Solaris framework and the OSF/DME.
 TIVOLI currently offers two object-oriented applications, which run on Sun Microsystems workstations.
 A comprehensive, unified environment for distributed systems management, the TIVOLI software uses objects to shield users from the underlying low-level details of managing all of the resources that constitute distributed computer systems. All physical and logical resources in the distributed system are modeled as self-contained, self describing objects, and all the information necessary to manage the system resources is also contained in objects, versus buried in hard-to- access, low-level files or programs. These objects interrelate to share management information and to capture associations between the real- world entities they represent. The TIVOLI technology uses a simplified object architecture, which is distributed, secure, easy to implement and compliant with evolving standards for objects.
 The TIVOLI technology comprises an object-oriented software framework, graphical user interfaces, and special applications software. A key feature of the technology is that system resources are fully distributed across the network and, once the framework and software are installed, resources can be accessed from any node in the network. The level of security built into the environment supports secure distribution of systems management tasks and expanded access to system resources for others in the network, increasingly critical as networks grow larger.
 The TIVOLI technology is prevalent in every layer of the DME architecture:
 -- Management Protocols: TIVOLI provides MRPC, a management communications protocol that enables distributed communications across the network through a simple applications programming interface (API):
 -- Core Object Services: TIVOLI provides DME's object-oriented services. These include the Object Dispatcher, which manages all traffic between objects, as well as object-location and -naming, security for authorizing and authenticating requests by objects, and basic data management by objects. The Instrumentation Request Broker technology, contributed by Hewlett-Packard, completes the core object services, providing a link, via SNMP and CMIP, to physical network devices using traditional network management protocols;
 -- Management Services: TIVOLI provides the basic building blocks for creating object-oriented management applications. These include policies, collections, classes and notification services;
 -- Management Applications: The DME includes an application for managing host computers, the first demonstrable object-oriented systems- management application based on the DME framework;
 -- Applications Development Tools: TIVOLI's Desktop Services lets applications developers build DME-based applications that are independent of any graphical user interface. End-users will thus be able to tap into and work with DME-based applications using the interface they're most familiar with;
 TIVOLI will also provide I4DL, a production implementation of the Object Management Group's Interface Definition Language, a specification that defines how applications will link to objects. I4DL will provide developers with a robust programming language and compiler for "objectizing" applications to run in environments that use OMG's CORBA standard (Common Object Requests Broker Architecture).
 -- Management User Interface: Based on OSF/Motif, TIVOLI's graphical user interface lets users access and manage system resources using drag-and-drop, point-and-click actions or simple English-language commands. Objects representing system resources appear as icons on the screen, and can be easily opened, browsed, modified, deleted or moved. The DME also includes TIVOLI's command-line interface.
 The TIVOLI technology was chosen from technologies submitted by more than 40 companies, as part of an open-solicitation process conducted last year by OSF.
 Founded in 1989, TIVOLI Systems is the premier provider of object- oriented applications and framework technology for dramatically reducing the cost and complexity of managing distributed computer systems. TIVOLI is dedicated to supporting all major industry standards affecting systems management, and actively participates in the Open Software Foundation, UNIX International, and the Object Management Group.
 TIVOLI is a trademark of TIVOLI Systems, Inc. UNIX is a registered trademark of UNIX Systems Laboratories. Sun Microsystems, Sun, Sunsoft, and Solaris are trademarks and registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, inc. OSF and Distributed Management Environment are trademarks of the Open Software Foundation.
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 /CONTACT: John Hime of TIVOLI Systems, Inc., 512-794-9070; or Janice Brown, of Janice Brown and Associates, 617-332-8066, for TIVOLI Systems/ CO: TIVOLI Systems, Inc. ST: Texas IN: CPR SU:


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