Orbiter 4

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2001-04-16 Print this article Print

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Callistos updated software distribution and asset management tool helps IT managers maintain infrequently connected laptops and Palm devices. Using an agent on the target system, Orbiter manages software updates while maintaining an accurate inventory of the system.

SHORT-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // There is no way around it: Managing mobile systems is costly, and organizations will pay premium prices to get a handle on the difficult task of keeping accurate records of machines in the field.

LONG-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Organizations should see the cost of maintaining laptops and even Palm devices go down the longer Orbiter is in place, because help desk calls become more productive and machine inventory becomes more accurate.

Accurate inventory of Palm devices and laptops; useful task wizards.

Lacks remote control; no agents for Pocket PC devices.

Callisto Software Inc., Wheaton, Ill.; (630)682-8200; www.callisto.com

Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant has been with the Labs since 1997, and before that paid his IT management dues at a software publishing firm working with several Fortune 100 companies. Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility, with a focus on Android in the enterprise. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his reviews and analysis are grounded in real-world concern. Cameron is a regular speaker at Ziff-Davis Enterprise online and face-to-face events. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at csturdevant@eweek.com.

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