IBM Debuts Tivoli-in-the-Cloud

With the SaaS market expected to hit nearly $20 billion per year in 2011, Big Blue's newest offering is part its efforts to catch up.

 By Larry Barrett
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IBM's new cloud-based iteration of Tivoli lives in the cloud but provides the same functionality network administrators expect from a locally hosted version. It represents part of a broader effort on Big Blue's part to catch up in the SaaS market.

IBM this week rolled out a new cloud-based datacenter management suite that it says will give IT administrators a central point of control to monitor network activity and help prevent outages that can bring enterprise datacenters to a screeching halt.

Tivoli Live Monitoring Services is now available in a subscription model from IBM's cloud. It offers "enterprise-class" monitoring capabilities as a service, giving business customers a snapshot view of all their disparate operating systems, virtualized servers, middleware and software and software applications.

"With digital information as the lifeblood of more organizations, even the smallest companies or divisions consider the datacenter's functionality mission-critical," Al Zollar, general manager of IBM Tivoli, said in a statement.

"With this new service, IBM is delivering our smartest datacenter software in which businesses choose and pay for what they need," he added.

IBM officials said the service helps to quickly identify and address potential outages and bottlenecks that threaten application availability before impacting end-users. When the service detects a potential problem, it automatically alerts IT operations and displays the relevant information in a dashboard to help analyze and correct the issue.

The Tivoli Live Monitoring Services application also can be programmed to automate certain tasks that enable the affected system to fix itself when faced with certain issues.

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This article was originally published on Dec 9, 2009
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