Managing diverse environments from the same interface is important, says J. Lance Wilkinson, systems design specialist at Pennsylvania State University. Using the same software to back up all servers gives "ease of management and a reduction in hardware costs gained by using a single tape robot/library for protecting all servers," he says.
The software also runs on Solaris, HP-UX, IBM AIX, Compaq Tru64 Unix, SGI Irix and Windows 2000. The first Linux version supported is Red Hat Inc. NetBackup DataCenter will be available this quarter starting at $5,000.
CA will add the Cluster Management Option to Unicenter TNG, which allows uninterrupted monitoring of Linux clusters when failures between servers or processes occurs. The Cluster Management Option works with HP, IBM, Reduced Instruction Set Computing or Intel-based clusters and Sun Sparc and Microsoft Cluster Services. It will be available by July.
The company also is expected to announce that it will ship a variety of management software offerings for Linux running on IBM S/390 mainframes. Included will be the Unicenter TNG Framework, ARCserve backup and recovery, performance management and e-commerce software.
Dell also is expected to launch a new component for its OpenManage server software called the OpenManage Server Assistant for Linux, which will run on Red Hat servers. Its features include installation and setup support, as well as remote management and integration with systems management suites from Tivoli, HP and CA. The tools can be downloaded from www.dell.com.
"People are now taking Linux seriously for real applications," Claybrook says. "More and more companies will develop e-business and network management products for Linux that will compete with proprietary operating systems."
SGI's Linux play
SGI is introducing several products that use Linux. The company will ship a compact Intel-based server, Internet Server for e-Commerce, and software that makes it faster and simpler to install an Internet server.
The Internet Server for e-Commerce is a single or dual Pentium III processor box that is built in a 1.75-inch rack-mount configuration for Internet data centers or service providers. It is bundled with Mercantec SoftCart e-commerce software and bill processing software. Capable of handling 150 storefronts, the server and software, which runs on Red Hat Linux, starts at $4,500.
SGI's new software, the Internet Server Environment, lets systems administrators install and configure Internet servers with automated scripts that handle Bastille security lockdown, and Apache and Sendmail Inc. installation and configuration. The small-form-factor SGI 1100 rack-mount server costs $2,750. The Internet Server Environment costs $100 per server.