CrossNodes Product Briefing: Systems Management on Steroids
Whatever systems and network management suite youre using is based on some framework. Whether you know it or not, you have a starting point or framework to build a flexible system management environment that can blend old and new technologies and mixed IT environments and scale to large enterprise environments. Each CrossNodes Product Briefing provides an overview of what you need to know before purchasing a specific technology, and includes round-up listings of current products from each of the major vendors.
A few years ago, some large organizations decided they needed some type of framework to be able to cost effectively manage their enterprises. Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) complied. Now, with frameworks widely deployed and supported, systems management is not only easier but the software market is expected to grow from $13 billion this year to $25 billion by 2005. Framework management, in essence, is systems management on steroids.If youre a large enterprise-class corporation, an ISP for instance, youve already got a management framework in place. For most customers, however, whatever systems and network management suite theyre using is based on some framework. Whether they know it or not, they have a starting point or framework they can use to build a flexible system management environment that can blend old and new technologies and mixed IT environments and scale to large enterprise environments.
However, framework management suffers from a lack of definitions. Vendors call it Enterprise Systems Management, infrastructure management and/or eBusiness infrastructure management. Each apporach implements framework management to provide seamless control of IT resources.
A management framework that is fairly well known is Computer Associates' Unicenter TNG Framework. TNG provides out-of-the-box support for a broad range of hardware platforms and framework technologies like object repository and auto discovery. It forms the foundation for Unicenter TNG (now Unicenter 3.0 Network & Systems Management), which is CAs modular and integrated management solution. This covers many enterprise functions, including networks, performance, events and status, security, software distribution, inventory storage, workload control, helpdesk and change management.For more on framework management and/or systems management, read these CrossNodes articles:
- Crossnodes Technology Briefing: Framework Management
- CrossNodes Technology Briefing: Network Management
- CrossNodes Product Briefing: Network Management
- Using A Framework To Ease Network Management
- Element management
- Resource management
- Enterprise management
- Infrastructure management
- Service level management
- Performance management
- Multi-platform management