Red Hat Systems Management Tool Debuts

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-01-23 Print this article Print

At LinuxWorld Thursday, Red Hat announced plans for an enterprise systems management framework.

Red Hat on Thursday announced plans for an enterprise systems management framework, combining Red Hat Network software delivery and maintenance functionality with the companys latest component, the systems management module announced Thursday. The systems management module, available now for $120 per host per year, supports integration, features an agent-less software architecture, and is written as a plug-in framework for fast support of device and application monitoring. Red Hat has also developed a Plug-in framework, which includes plug-ins at the system-level, port-level, application server level, as well as the database, network and custom levels.
As first reported by eWEEK, the framework and new systems management module significantly enhances Red Hat Network—which until now has been primarily a software update mechanism—and can be managed from a browser, eliminating the need for desktop software, while also being easy to manage and deploy and supporting heterogeneous environments, said Red Hat director Paul Santinelli.
"When customers buy Red Hat Advanced Server, they get a certain Red Hat Network entitlement, but they will have to pay a fee for the systems management module," he said. The new offering extends the monitoring software provided by NOCpulse, which Red Hat acquired last October. Some customers have welcomed the Red Hat solution, saying the current Red Hat Network costs far less than comparable solutions such as HPs OpenView and IBMs Tivoli, which provide centralized management and uptime monitoring. Sitel Corp., which offers outsourced teleservices and has some 70 servers running Linux—including a large deployment of Red Hat Advanced Servers—also uses Red Hat Network. Scott Clark, Sintels director of systems engineering in Omaha, Neb., said on Thursday that Red Hat Network is some 10 times less expensive than Microsofts Systems Management Server and basically does the same thing. "I get capacity planning benefits as well as hardware configuration, all sorts of good stuff like that," he said. Sitel was a "failed Tivoli deployment" and will be deploying the systems management console in the second quarter of the year across its Red Hat, AIX and Windows. It will also be deploying its own internal applications through Red Hat Network. John Rowell, vice president of operations and engineering for Opsource, Inc., which supports AIX, Solaris and Windows, said he has also looked at Tivoli and other comparable systems but has decided to go with Red Hat Network. More LinuxWorld Coverage
Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

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