IBM Aims to Limit Complexity with Software Update

By Paula Musich  |  Posted 09-07-2006

IBM's Tivoli unit on Sept. 7 went after midmarket IT shops with the latest release of its Tivoli Provisioning Manager by adding more labor-saving automation techniques to software deployment on desktops and laptops as well as servers.

Tivoli Provisioning Manager 5.1 moves out of the servers in the data center onto desktops and laptops by extending the tool's ability to automate complex tasks in deploying, configuring and maintaining software on thousands of client systems.

"This is pragmatic. Everybody's still struggling with how to build up and tear down [computing] environments and reduce costs for that low-level activity," said industry analyst Joe Clabby at Clabby Analytics in Yarmouth, Maine. "They're refocused on reaching that midsized enterprise," he added.

The new release brings a pair of new software distribution functions that lessen the workload on administrators as well as lessen the demand on existing infrastructure, according to Dave Lindquist, chief architect for IBM's Tivoli unit in Raleigh, NC.

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