LinuxWorld to put focus on managing mixed nets

Network World |  Operating Systems

IT executives attending the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo this week will find a bounty of management software and server appliances that ease the monitoring and control of mixed Linux, Windows NT and Unix server-based networks.

"Linux is maturing and [vendors] are becoming more business-oriented this year," says Bill Claybrook, an analyst with Aberdeen Group Inc. "A lot more large systems manufacturers are developing systems and network management tools. . . . Linux is moving into installations where there are Windows NT and Unix servers, and people want a tool that can manage anything."

Shipments of Linux operating system licenses outpace all but Windows, according to International Data Corp., and the research firm predicts an annual growth rate of 28 percent through 2004.

Hewlett-Packard Co., Veritas Software Corp., Computer Associates International Inc., Dell Computer Corp. and Silicon Graphics Inc. are expected to preview new software products and appliances at LinuxWorld in New York. The products include:

  • Systems management packages for Linux from HP, Dell and CA.
  • Enterprise network back-up software for Linux servers from Veritas and CA.
  • E-commerce server and software, a Web server, and Internet server configuration and installation software from SGI.

More than 20,000 people are expected to attend the biannual show.

HP will demonstrate the Process Resource Manager (PRM) for Linux, which lets IT staff prioritize resources and set up systems so that tasks can be handled appropriately. PRM allows dynamic CPU modification, real-memory and disk bandwidth allocations, as well as optimizations of system resources by important applications. The software also runs on HP-UX and will be available at the end of March.

The company will also show off Service Control Manager (SCM) for Linux, which lets administrators enter commands once to invoke the execution of simultaneous tasks. SCM also runs on HP-UX and will be available in the third quarter.

An HP spokesman says the company's Web-based TopTools network and systems management product will be ported to Linux in the third quarter. However, HP has no plans to port HP OpenView to a native Linux platform.

Storage giant Veritas will add Linux server back-up capability to its data-intensive NetBackup DataCenter and branch-office BusinesServer disaster-recovery software.

Veritas NetBackup for Linux automates the back-up process with a scheduler that supports tape libraries and has tools that let network administrators configure, monitor and control back-up and recovery jobs from a graphical interface using built-in wizards.

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