Sidebar: Workload automation tools

Here’s a few notes on some of the packages:

IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler, version 9.2 released in March. There’s also a SaaS version.

Chris Fortin, business unit executive for cloud and smarter infrastructure software at IBM Canada, said in an interview what distinguishes TWS from competitors is its tight integration into the rest of IBM’s management suite, including SmartCloud Orchestrator, which lets customers  request and provision software onto virtual servers in the cloud.

Also new are adapters (integrators) for Sterling Connect managed file transfer environment; Netiza, a performance engine for relational databases; and WebSphere MQ messaging middleware.

Cisco Tidal Enterprise Scheduler, version 6.2.1 just released

Latest features include a new Java client for a desktop-like experience, support for Cisco UCS Manager to spin up UCS instances, for Oracle Database 12C and Oracle Apps MOAC for multiple organizations.

Andrew Blaidsell, a product marketing manager, said TES now includes the ability to spin up UCS workloads, as well as VMware virtual machines and VMs in Amazon Web Services. It can also allow departmental staff to schedule jobs.

BMC Control-M, now on version 8.

One of its latest modules is Workload Change Manager, for application developers to include scheduling automation tools in software they’re working on. There’s also support for Hadoop.

There’s a “a fairly competitive market,” for job scheduling solution, says Robin Reddick of BMC’s solutions marketing team., but our we are starting to extending workload automation to new stakeholders in the enterprise.”

Research firm Gartner has said that about 60 per cent of all of job processing in enterprise is batch processing. she said, so in an era when applications are being delivered faster than ever automation tools in scheduling is essential.

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Currently a freelance writer, I'm the former editor of and Computing Canada. An IT journalist since 1997, I've written for several of ITWC's sister publications including and Computer Dealer News. Before that I was a staff reporter at the Calgary Herald and the Brampton (Ont.) Daily Times. I can be reached at hsolomon [@]

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