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Tivoli to pay off for IBM

The fruits of IBM's $750 million acquisition of systems management innovator Tivoli are coming to bear.

The fruits of IBM's (IBM) $750 million acquisition of systems management innovator Tivoli Systems are coming to bear.

Tivoli will announce the Tivoli Management Environment10 NetView for Microsoft Windows NT next week, another step in the integration of IBM's vast catalog of systems and network management products and the object-based TME platform.

NetView for NT offers a host-based network management product with network topology capabilities. The product will roll out by the end of this year.

TME's object-oriented framework gives a "much more elegant" feel to the NetView for NT product, said Leo Cole, Tivoli's director of network management.

Due by March of next year is a Web interface for the NetView for NT product. This will enable administrators to manage their network and systems through a Web browser. Support for Sun Microsystems Solaris network operating system is also due by the end of 1997's first quarter as well.

Mike Maples, Tivoli's director of product marketing, said the company has to demonstrate that NetView will continue to be a "viable and strategic" product for customers. Although confusion remains in the aftermath of the Tivoli and IBM network management software merger, Maples said that the company was committed to NetView and that it will remain an important application running on top of TME.

Maples said NetView expands the potential of TME, but some observers see a rough road ahead for Tivoli's integration efforts. "I think they have a lot of work on their hands," said Ron Paquet, an analyst with the Gartner Group consultancy.

Paquet said Tivoli may have been too ambitious when it unveiled a detailed road map for integrating IBM's offerings last spring. He predicted that the company would scale back some of its integration work.