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Candle, a software management tools company virtually unknown among the growing legion of Microsoft Windows NT users, wants to expand its presence beyond the administrators of large corporate systems who form the core of its customer base.

Candle, a software management tools company virtually unknown among the growing legion of Microsoft Windows NT users, wants to expand its presence beyond the administrators of large corporate systems who form the core of its customer base.

The Southern California company today announced plans to add Windows NT-based desktops and servers and Windows 95-based desktop systems to the list of platforms that can be managed with its Candle Command Center framework of network and systems management tools. The framework will be able to provide system and network status information for mainframe, Unix, and Windows NT systems through a single management console, according to the company.

Candle, a powerhouse in mainframe and large host system management, is joining other software providers, such as Oracle, Informix Software, and Computer Associates in putting Windows NT on the "A" list of supported operating systems--a tacit acknowledgment of NT's ascendancy among corporate IS users, analysts say.

Candle will add to its framework monitoring agents for Windows NT and Microsoft SQL Server, as well as for OS/2, and for Oracle, Sybase, and Informix databases. The new agents will ship by year's end as an update to the company's existing framework.

The company will also add connections to Tivoli's Enterprise Console and Hewlett-Packard's OpenView management tools. Candle Command Center is priced from $25,000.