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TME 10 Selected as Systems Management Solution for Largest-Ever Environmental Monitoring Effort; Tivoli Product Suite to Support NASA's EOSDIS "Database of the Century".

AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 28, 1996--Tivoli Systems today announced that TME 10 (Tivoli Management Environment) has been selected by Hughes Information Technology Systems to serve as the core systems management technology for NASA's $1 billion Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) project. Electronic Data Systems, Inc., the hardware and software procurement manager on the project, awarded the contract to Tivoli after an extensive review of competitive products.

An unprecedented environmental monitoring effort, EOSDIS will help determine how human activities are affecting environmental conditions around the world. As NASA's prime contractor, Hughes will use TME 10 to integrate and manage a distributed client/server network that will support the collection and analysis of data obtained from six satellites, several space shuttle missions and hundreds of land and sea-based monitoring systems. The heterogeneous network will include a large number of UNIX servers running a variety of custom scientific applications in remotely distributed data archive centers.

"Tivoli is most pleased to be a part of a program that could have such a far-reaching impact on environmental policy and society at large," said Frank Moss, Tivoli president and CEO. "The selection of TME 10 as the systems management solution of choice on this project confirms TME's scalability as an enterprise manager for truly distributed client/server environments."

Once it becomes fully operational in 1998, EOSDIS is expected to gather more than one terabyte of environmental data per day. This "database of the century," as it has been called, will eventually exceed one petabyte, or one thousand gigabytes, in size. It will be used by 28 interdisciplinary investigation teams established by NASA to develop a quantitative understanding of the processes that govern the Earth's climate. These teams will incorporate their findings into predictive models that can serve as the basis for environmental policy decisions.

"TME 10 will play an essential role by making it possible for NASA to integrate, monitor and centrally manage all the systems and custom scientific applications that are necessary to execute an undertaking of this magnitude," said Bob Horrigan, program manager at EDS. "TME 10 will give us the remote systems management we need to efficiently manage all the data archive centers, and it will provide the control we need to ensure the health of systems and applications across the enterprise so that information will be available as it's needed," added Horrigan.

How TME 10 Will Support the EOSDIS Project

TME 10 provides a comprehensive set of systems management applications that reduce the cost and mask the complexity of managing widely dispersed computing environments.

Hughes will deploy four TME 10 modules -- Tivoli/Enterprise Console (T/EC), Tivoli/Sentry, Tivoli/Admin and Tivoli/Courier -- for NASA. These products will provide a comprehensive, enterprise-wide solution for managing and monitoring the custom scientific applications used to collect and analyze EOSDIS data. They will also be used to manage and monitor third-party products employed on the project.

TME 10 Products selected for the EOSDIS Project

Each of the following TME 10 products were carefully selected by Hughes to play a significant role in the systems management of the EOSDIS Project:

-- Tivoli/Enterprise Console, an enterprise-wide event manager, will serve as the central collection point for all messages and alarms. It will enable NASA to obtain an integrated view of systems and applications in all locations.

-- Tivoli/Sentry, which monitors systems and resources, will provide NASA with fault management of the custom EOSDIS scientific applications. Tivoli/Sentry will continuously look for potential problems and take corrective actions as required to maintain application availability.

-- Tivoli/Admin will be used to group, prioritize, add and delete users and systems.

-- Tivoli/Courier will be used to distribute new versions of custom EOSDIS scientific applications and third-party software.

Tivoli Background

Tivoli Systems, an IBM company, provides an open, end-to-end management solution from mainframes to the desktop, spanning network and systems management. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Tivoli distributes its products worldwide through a network of domestic and international sales offices, systems integrators, resellers and IBM sales channels. For more information about Tivoli Systems and the TME 10 Product Roadmap, visit Tivoli's World Wide Website at -0-

Note to Editors: Tivoli Management Environment, TME 10, Tivoli/Enterprise Console, Tivoli/Admin, Tivoli/Courier and Tivoli/Sentry are trademarks of Tivoli Systems, an IBM company. All other product and service names may be trademarks and/or service marks of their respective owners.

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