Tivoli, best known in the enterprise management software market, has entered the world of small and medium-sized (SME) business with the announcement of Tivoli IT Director.
In a departure from its direct selling model, Tivoli will sell the product exclusively through distributors and resellers, a first for the IBM subsidiary.
Due in June or July and based on Microsoft Windows NT, Tivoli IT Director is designed to manage applications, systems and networks from a single point of control. It is aimed at companies with several hundreds of employees and between one and up to six regional offices.
Tivoli IT Director manages Windows, Windows NT, Windows 95, Novell NetWare or IBM OS/2 operating systems. Major features include:
• Applications management to let managers monitor application resources, automate routine tasks, plan software distribution and manage Web server applications.
• Hyper-automation to let managers monitor computing resources and respond to user-defined thresholds before a disruption occurs.
• Internet-enabled management; software distribution; inventory management; network management.
• “Snap-in integration” to let managers integrate products into Tivoli IT Director such as anti-virus software, LAN management suites and helpdesk functions.
According to Tivoli, IT Director management server can be installed within five minutes, and for a company with several hundred devices to be managed, agents can be installed in one or two days.
Meanwhile, Tivoli’s major competitor Computer Associates has no plans to enter the SME management market, according to CA CEO Charles Wang.
Local pricing is not yet available, but US pricing is $US8994 for Tivoli IT Director management server, which includes a licence to manage 20 nodes.