Latest Tivoli Lets You Copy Homework to Automate the Data

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2008-01-17 Print this article Print

The new version of Tivoli aggregates and publishes all the complex moves admins make in change management.

IBM announced a new version of its data center automation software Jan. 18 that takes the concept of change management to a new, software-as-a-service level.

Tivoli Provisioning Manager 5.1.1, designed specifically for large or small companies that have a catalog of products and services, aims to help users benefit from so-called "cloud computing" by aggregating tedious, repetitive work and making it available as a software service.

"We've taken the traditional provisioning processes and 'wrappered' them in a layer of technology that articulates technical work that you do to add and delete software from operating systems and servers and publishes it as services," Chris O'Conner, IBM vice president of Tivoli strategy and market management, told eWEEK.

"[Internal] clients can use these services, which ease the amount of work that administrators have to do, once they have developed a pattern of software they want to deploy," O'Conner said. "We can preserve those deployment patterns, and we can allow people to replicate a  pattern without having to learn all the exacting steps having to do with it."

One of the new features in TPM 5.1.1, called Web Replay, works by enabling data center experts to capture their knowledge and make it available to others.

"With Web Replay, a user can 'record' the mouse clicks, data insertion and other processes involved in any complex task," O'Conner said. "Afterwards, any user with the appropriate access can run the recorded scenario."

An example would be the process it takes to upgrade or patch an operating system-such as Windows or Linux-across a large number of servers within an enterprise data center.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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