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Micromuse moves tools to NT

The firm will ship a version of its service-level management software tools in the third quarter of this year that runs on Windows NT.

Micromuse (MUSE) will ship a version of its service-level management software tools in the third quarter of this year that runs on Microsoft's Windows NT.

The company, which went public earlier this year, has built a business focusing on management software that offers features particular to large corporate and service provider networks. These far-flung layouts often require managerial oversight as various services, such as virtual connections or an application such as email, are rolled out.

Using Netcool, an administrator can get a better handle on how a network reacts and performs when a particular service is added, according to the company.

The Netcool suite collects a wide variety of data about network and application performance and correlates it into reports that weigh the availability of services on a network. The NT-based version will be formally launched at next month's Networld+Interop trade show in Las Vegas.

Micromuse is targeting the growing use of Windows NT as a platform for management tools, offering a feature that essentially allows a component of the Netcool suite of tools running on the Microsoft operating system to fail-over to a Unix-based application. Netcool configurations can be sent to NT-based servers via use of FTP (file transfer protocol).

Components of Netcool are priced at $25,000 for the server, $3,500 per desktop, based on volume of purchase, and $7,500 for gateways. Prices for probes start at $150 up to $25,000 for mainframes.