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Short Take: Software allows server configuration via Palm

IBM today announced SNAPP, a Web-based application that allows customers to configure and manage an RS/6000 B50 server with a handheld computer running the Palm operating system. The new application simplifies the server installation process and requires only minimal knowledge of system hardware and AIX, IBM's UNIX operating system. SNAPP (System Networking, Analysis, and Performance Pilot) is designed for Internet and application service providers (ISP, ASPs), who often have multiple racks of servers supporting their sites. The software, available for download from IBM, uses XML, a standard means of exchanging data, to send information back and forth between the handheld computer and the server, eliminating the need to connect a monitor, keyboard or a mouse to each server for configuration and system monitoring. Customers can also modify the software to monitor and control other features of the server such as CPU and disk performance.

IBM today announced SNAPP, a Web-based application that allows customers to configure and manage an RS/6000 B50 server with a handheld computer running the Palm operating system. The new application simplifies the server installation process and requires only minimal knowledge of system hardware and AIX, IBM's UNIX operating system. SNAPP (System Networking, Analysis, and Performance Pilot) is designed for Internet and application service providers (ISP, ASPs), who often have multiple racks of servers supporting their sites. The software, available for download from IBM, uses XML, a standard means of exchanging data, to send information back and forth between the handheld computer and the server, eliminating the need to connect a monitor, keyboard or a mouse to each server for configuration and system monitoring. Customers can also modify the software to monitor and control other features of the server such as CPU and disk performance.