Having already delivered the 19 Command Center systems it had promised by the end of this year under its Candle Technologies management framework, Santa Monica, California-based Candle Corp is striking out for application management, design and service markets, planning a string of in-house developments, OEM partnerships and acquisitions. New president and chief operating officer Robert […]
Having already delivered the 19 Command Center systems it had promised by the end of this year under its Candle Technologies management framework, Santa Monica, California-based Candle Corp is striking out for application management, design and service markets, planning a string of in-house developments, OEM partnerships and acquisitions. New president and chief operating officer Robert LaBant (CI No 2,955) aims to make Candle into a total systems provider to information technology shops. Candle will use its newly-acquired Notes and desktop management software from CleverSoft Inc (CI No 2,956) to expand into applications management with additional services provided by a third party that was still nameless as we went to press, but it will provide end-to-end application management and alarming. Now that it is peddling IBM Corp’s MQSeries messaging software, Candle is going to ramp a middleware application design and service business around it. It is readying management, monitoring and security mechanisms for the software, with other instrumentation to follow. It will do the same for Microsoft Corp’s forthcoming Falcon messaging system. Candle is moving Command Center’s mainframe management automation services over to its distributed products by the year-end, as well as adding SQL Server and Informix monitoring agents. A new configuration tool will be available within 60 days. As well as joining Tivoli Systems Inc’s Tivoli Management Environment performance and application application programming interface initiatives, it is also opening its Command Center interfaces to third party job scheduling, database back-up and restore applications. It already integrates with CA-Unicenter and Simple Network Management Protocol network managers. Later this year it will enable users to manage in-house applications using Command Center. Although it claims it can already manage Internet servers, it is currently working on Internet service management and browser and three-dimensional front-ends for Command Center. It is supporting the Microsoft Corp-led Web-based management initiative created last month. Candle believes its key technical strengths are in event alert, real-time availability and management. In its mind, Computer Associates International Inc is focused on production and job scheduling control, while Tivoli leans towards systems administration. LaBant’s other plans include moving the sales model back to telesales from direct marketing. The company expects it will be two or three years before its income is divided equally between mainframe and distributed systems product sales. The clear majority of revenue is from mainframes now, a market it says is growing between 8% and 15% a year. LaBant predicts double-digit growth over the $230m it did in 1995. Currently Candle Command Center for Distributed Systems supports monitoring agents for AIX, HP-UX, Solaris, SunOS, Oracle, Sybase, Windows NT, and NetWare. OS/2 support is to come. There is a Simple Network Management Protocol alert adaptor for NetView for AIX.
Omegacenter Gateway and Status
An HP OpenView version will follow; it has not made a decision on support for SunSoft Inc’s Solstice. Mainframe-based Command Center systems are available for MVS Sysplex, CICS, IMSplex and MQSeries. Omegaview II enables developers to build alert rules that work across multiple environments (mainframe, Unix and Microsoft) and across networks (OpenView, NetView/6000, NetWare). It offers Omegacenter Gateway and Status for mainframe availability and Omegaview for IBM, Digital Equipment Corp and Tandem Computers Inc environments. There are Omegamon II performance monitors for use with IBM databases, plus console automation and session management for mainframes. Workstation client software runs on OS/2, Windows and Motif systems. The data repository, based on Candle’s own relational and object database, runs under Unix, OS/2, Windows NT, OS/400 or MVS. Applications services are based on a set of C++ libraries from Borland International Inc although Candle wrote its own C++ compiler for the mainframe. The distributed products are based on the Open Software Foundation Distributed Computing Environment and a Corba-compliant request broker based upon technology originally licensed from Apollo Computer Inc. It has its own bridge to Object Linking & Embedding front-ends. Along with DEC, Candle was once at the forefront of Microsoft’s Distributed Object Linking & Embedding campaign. While it says it now doesn’t know what Microsoft’s plans are, it expects Redmond to make an announcement on the future of Object Linking & Embedding within a month.