After fleshing out its data warehouse story a couple of weeks back, Platinum Technology Inc is focusing attention on systems management, upgrading three of its products in that area and claiming to have completed the major components of its POEMS Platinum Open Enterprise Management System (CI No 2,825). The insatiably acquisitive Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois company […]
After fleshing out its data warehouse story a couple of weeks back, Platinum Technology Inc is focusing attention on systems management, upgrading three of its products in that area and claiming to have completed the major components of its POEMS Platinum Open Enterprise Management System (CI No 2,825). The insatiably acquisitive Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois company offers tools for distribution management; enterprise automation; job and process management; networking and communications; performance management; problem resolution; repository; security management and storage management. It is promising a release of POEMS for beta testing in the summer with integrated data warehouse and systems management tools. It plans to tweak the systems management line in the second quarter, adding the WireTap transaction management tool acquired from Englewood, Colorado- based AST/DCG. A new addition to the company’s management suite is Platinum CIMS, which produces job accounting, chargeback, cost analysis, resource utilization, capacity planning and resource monitoring reports. It supports MVS, VM/VME, Windows, NetWare and most variants of Unix. CIMS for MVS starts at $25,000, for VSE at $12,000. Unix prices were not available. UniVision tools renamed Also new is AutoAction, which is claimed to manage and monitor distributed processing tasks, automatically responding to messages and commands according to predefined parameters overseeing system activity from a single console; system sitting, as the company puts it. In a CICS environment, a message indicating that a journal file or log is full would ordinarily be suspended until the problem was resolved. AutoAction enables CICS to be switched automatically to an alternate journal file, requesting the job scheduler to release a job for processing from the full journal file, the company says. AutoAction is up on Windows NT, OS/2, OS/400, MVS, VSE and most Unixes. Unix pricing starts at $5,000. The Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois-based company has also revamped and renamed its UniVision tools as the Enterprise Performance Management suite and enhanced the DBVision and ServerVision agents that work with it. Enterprise Performance Management uses distributed agents – DBVision and ServerVision – to communicate with its POEMS central management console. Platinum has added Simple Network Management Protocol support, expanded extended retrieval options, faster archive facilities, three-dimensional graphs and on-line advisor texts to the architecture. DBVision monitors and manages large, multiple relational database environments simultaneously and can be programmed to correct problems it identifies automatically, or notify specific personnel via electronic mail or pager. The environment includes a Motif console. New features include support for Informix and Oracle replication environments and integration with Platinum’s tablespace reorganization utility TSReorg. DBVision is $2,800, consoles are from $8,000. ServerVision is Platinum’s round-the-clock seven-day-a-week performance and resource utilization management system for Unix. ServerVision includes automatic problem correction, on-line advice and problem notification by electronic mail and pager. New features include increased scan points, archive data from non- relational stores as well as DBVision-supported databases and alarm and corrective action scripts. No prices were given. Meanwhile Platinum’s venture capital spin-out, Platinum Venture Partners, has made an undisclosed equity investment in personal computer-based virtual reality authoring tools specialist Vream Inc. It has got itself a seat on the board and will deploy the Chicago, Illinois-based company’s VRCreator, virtual reality interface and Web page development tool in its Platinum Open Enterprise Management Systems console. It will enable users to view networks and systems in real-time, three-dimensional interactive modes, the company says. It is due by the end of the year and sounds similar to Computer Associates International Inc’s Next Generation interface to CA-Unicenter. Plat
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