today rolled out a new tool to tie popular PC management tools into network-wide systems administration packages.
The new TME 10 LAN Access tool includes use of a new specification, called
the MPM API (or Multi-Platform Manager application programming interface),
that allows popular desktop management utilities and functions to be
linked together into an overall enterprise systems management strategy.
The new protocol is the result of a joint effort between Tivoli and Intel that was announced last fall. The
new Tivoli tool will initially tie in to Intel's LANDesk Management Suite,
Microsoft's Systems Management
Server, and IBM's NetFinity desktop configuration and management utility.
Other companies who have endorsed the API and plan to implement it within
their management tools include Seagate Software, Novell, and McAfee.
Tivoli, a subsidiary of IBM
(IBM), and Intel have promoted the specification as a method to tie
desktop management software suites to enterprise management platforms in a
way that has previously been difficult. The specification also allows network managers to retain their existing management software investments.
The MPM and software developer's kit are available immediately on Tivoli's and
Intel's Web sites. The TME 10 LAN Access is also available now for $4,500
per server and $175 per managed PC.
Tivoli officials said MPM is the final version of the Management Services
Broker (MSB) specification that was discussed last fall. They said 20 to 30
percent of Tivoli customers also use a desktop management platform.
The company feels the API is unique because it communicates on a
manager-to-manager level, rather than on a manager-to-device level.
Officials said the new protocol augments previous attempts to unify the
sharing of management information, like the Desktop Management Interface
that currently enjoys broad support among most hardware companies.
With MPM, management data can be integrated into typical desktop management
software functions such as software distribution, inventory, and discovery
"Everybody we talk to says they want a single point of administration and
management," noted John Schroeder, director of the ManageWise group at