CA adds OS/390 to TNG, announces bundles

CA adds OS/390 to TNG, announces bundles

Computer Associates this week extended its Unicenter TNG Framework management suite to IBM's OS/390 server and announced bundling deals with Hitachi Data Systems and Amdahl.

The Unicenter TNG Framework for OS/390 will let customers feature IBM's platform as their management hub, according to Sanjay Kumar, president and CEO of Computer Associates.

The Unicenter TNG Framework for OS/390 will have the same essential functionality as TNG on other platforms, though the OS/390 architecture did require some differences, Kumar said. For example, memory management on the OS/390 is different, as are communications between the platform and the hardware, he said.

"Other than that, the functionality that we will provide will be substantially similar," Kumar said. "We have essentially delivered . . . a complete framework solution set for the OS/390 platform."

Unicenter TNG Framework for OS/390, which will arrive for testing at certain customer sites early next year, will be offered free to existing customers, Kumar said.

One analyst said that a possible performance boost of Unicenter TNG Framework on OS/390, as well as its power, could be attractive to existing OS/390 users.

"You can do a lot more on one OS/390 box than you can off multiple other boxes," said Colin Mahony, a Yankee Group analyst.

Computer Associates also said that Hitachi Data Systems and Amdahl plan to bundle Unicenter TNG Framework for OS/390 in their products, delivering out-of-the-box manageability to customers.

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