Intel is believed to be breaking up its LANDesk server management product and farming its development out to partners.
Intel NZ would not comment on the rumours, but ARN understands the company is breaking the product up and offering it free to its partners to develop. It is believed changes in the PC-LAN management market are behind the decision.
An earlier rumour had IBM subsidiary Tivoli Systems buying the LANDesk product outright. Tivoli and Computer Associates International Inc. dominate the high end of the systems management software market and both have recently announced management products for smaller companies, a market in which a number of software vendors already offer "point" solutions.
However, Tivoli's management in Australia said that they were not buying LANDesk.
Intel has been attempting to extend the corporate reach for LANDesk through partnerships with companies like IBM and Platinum Technology Inc. In April of this year, Intel announced a set of software modules based on LANDesk that run atop three leading management platforms: CA Unicenter TNG 2.0, Hewlett-Packard's OpenView 5.0 and Tivoli's NetView 5.0. These application integration modules (AIMs) let network administrators use their primary management consoles to view information collected by LANDesk.
LANDesk measures baseline server and PC specifications, including the proper functioning of a hard drive, memory availability, central processing unit (CPU) temperature, fan performance and voltage.
"Intel's goal is to make the corporate user buy an Intel-based PC, which will now fit into the network management scheme," Rick Villars, an analyst with International Data Corp, said recently.