Unicenter Network and Systems Management 3.1 add the ability to dynamically discover and map IP resources to the business functions they support. In the new release, maps are dynamically updated as changes are made to the networked environment. New data integration services in the Unicenter monitoring tool allow it to access and aggregate management data from multiple sources such as BMC Software Inc.s Patrol application performance management software or Cisco Systems Inc.s CiscoWorks router management software. "The auto-discovery capability allows us to map these views to our customers business with no user intervention, and well be able to detect software configuration problems from a single location," said Unicenter user George Fiedorowicz, vice president of technology operations at Concord EFS Inc.CA also added a new Unicenter NSM Dynamic Reconfiguration Option that allows uses to monitor business service levels, anticipate the need to boost performance and then trigger the allocation of more capacity. Such capability wont work with applications that cannot deal with multiple instances of themselves, Kumar warned, although most ERP, CRM and other enterprise applications can do so. In addition, applications that exclusively own the data, which cant be shared with other applications, wont be supported.
"We have peaks and valleys in our transaction processing. Before we had sized capacity to meet peak periods, but that leaves us with unused capacity. We can now dynamically reconfigure that," he added.