IBM spin off to address infrastructure management

At Tivoli Systems Inc.’s annual series of user conferences, which kicks off in San Francisco May 1 through May 4, spokesmen and spokeswomen from the company and its partners (including Cisco Systems Inc., Compaq Computer Corp., IBM Corp., Sun Microsystems Inc., and Symantec Corp.) are expected to discuss how companies can use e-business infrastructure management to survive the economic shakeout.

According to Planet Tivoli organizers, the conference will cover five key issues: performance and availability of IT resources, Web management for e-businesses, security and privacy, enterprise storage, and service delivery management.

Several product rollouts and upgrades are expected. For example, Tivoli is scheduled to announce new management tools that will integrate with IBM’s WebSphere application server. Tivoli officials claim that the integration will allow for “a fully managed, end-to-end infrastructure.”

Tivoli is also expected to announce a co-built product that will see the company’s SecureWay Risk Manager integrated with a product from an as-yet-unnamed security firm. The product will allegedly reduce the threat of Web hacks by protecting, monitoring, analyzing, and managing e-business security risks.

In the storage arena, Tivoli and McData Corp., a SAN (storage area network) company based in Broomfield, Colo., will unwrap a new “LAN-free” device that will let companies quickly implement storage systems without attaching them to their LANs. According to Tivoli spokesmen and spokeswomen, the appliance will eliminate the interoperability and configuration concerns that normally accompany SAN deployments.

Other announcements will revolve around service provider partnerships. One such relationship is expected to see Tivoli joining forces with a yet-unidentified service provider to develop an e-marketplace for both business and collaboration. Another partnership, this one with Portland, Ore.-based iTsunami, will enable network management through the use of Tivoli products.