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Intel updates network software

The chip giant continues to add management options for systems based on its hardware.

    Intel (INTC) is continuing to add management software options for systems based on its hardware.

    The company will release a set of management modules on the Web later this week that integrate with large network management software packages, allowing an administrator to gain a plethora of information on particular systems running on a far-flung network.

    A new set of Application Integration Modules will allow a network manager using an enterprise network management package such as IBM subsidiary Tivoli Systems' NetView, Hewlett-Packard's OpenView, or Computer Associates' Unicenter TNG to access data compiled by both LANDesk Client and Server Manager, two applications that are bundled with systems from several PC firms, according to Intel executives.

    The modules integrate into the software interfaces of these enterprise packages and help to warn administrators of critical developments if there is a problem with the desktops, servers, and mobile PCs running on their network.

    Versions of the software for HP and Tivoli's enterprise packages will be available at the end of this week for download on the company's Web site. A module for CA is due next month.

    Intel is also offering a Console Integration Guide that allows other third-party management application providers to integrate the LANDesk modules with their software. Systems giant Fujitsu has already said it would add a module for its Mp Walker software.

    A module supporting Platinum Technology's ProVision is also in the works, as well as modules for software "frameworks" from Microsoft and Novell, according to Intel executives.

    The modules support SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol), the Desktop Management Interface (DMI) version 2.0, and Intel's homespun Wired for Management initiative.

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