NetIQ releases two Unix modules for AppManager

NetIQ broadens flagship systems management software to assist IT administrators juggling multi-platform environments.

NetIQ continued to extend the reach of its cross-platform enterprise management software AppManager by releasing two more modules to manage software built with different flavors of Unix.

NetIQ on Tuesday began shipping software add-ons to help manage, analyze and report on the health and availability for BEA WebLogic Server and Sun ONE Web Server.

The new modules expand the management capabilities of AppManager 5.0, NetIQ's flagship product in its performance and availability division. In March, NetIQ released its first set of cross-platform modules, for Sun Solaris, IBM AIX, HP-UX and Red Hat Linux. In the past three months, NetIQ has signed up 40 new customers for its Unix modules, said David Giannini, who is NetIQ's director of cross-platform products. NetIQ has about 2,500 total customers.

NetIQ believes that it is in a good position to benefit from expected growth in the market of performance and availability management software, which researchers at IDC predict will reach $4.9 billion in 2006.

The modules are targeted at organizations with Windows-heavy environments, said Cameron Haight, research director for systems management at Gartner Inc.

"NetIQ isn't targeting large Unix environments," Haight said. "The modules are very appealing for companies working with a majority-Windows platform."

Unix-heavy organizations likely already have management products such as Hewlett-Packard's OpenView and Computer Associate International's Unicenter, Haight said.

NetIQ's Unix and Linux modules are drops in the bucket compared with what it offers for Microsoft products.

NetIQ was founded in 1995 to help systems administrators manage Windows NT servers. Since then it has developed 50 modules that manage hardware, operating systems and database, Web, messaging and middleware servers. At least 90% of NetIQ's revenue comes from management software for Microsoft products, Giannini said.

The development of modules for non-Microsoft applications is in response to the fact that just about every IT department works with multiple platforms. NetIQ's pitch: By adding its modules, IT staffers don't have to learn whole new applications.

Administrators simply plug in the desired modules, and they can continue to run a single report with AppManager for various platforms. That's because AppManager has a single database repository for both Windows and Unix performance data.

"There's no such thing with a homogeneous environment," Giannini said. "There are too many separate products."

"Long-term customers kept asking when were going to extend AppManager for Unix and Linux," Giannini said. "This is our answer."

More modules are planned for release in the coming months. By the end of year, NetIQ expects to ship modules for IBM's DB2 UDB and WebSphere, Oracle RDBMS, Tivoli Storage Manager and Sun ONE Application Server

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