Compaq will fully embrace Internet standards in the next generation of its systems management software.
With the XE version of Insight Manager, slated to ship next month to a few dozen beta testers, information systems managers will be able to find and monitor not only Compaq gear, but also network devices, servers and PCs from other vendors. And operators can run this tool and manage those nodes anywhere via a Web browser.
Filtering is another feature coming in the XE version. Users can configure the tool so that operators can monitor the application servers needed by one business unit, for example, or focus on newly-supported devices such as routers.
Insight Manager XE is scheduled to ship at the end of the year.
Meanwhile, Compaq has announced it has licensed Rambus' Direct Rambus interface technology for use in a future generation of AlphaServers.
The technology promises to increase the speed at which data can travel between a computer's main memory and its microprocessor, and will enable Compaq to build systems that deliver 1.6GBps of bandwidth from a single device, according to officials from the companies.
Compaq offered few specifics on the systems it plans to build, but said using Direct Rambus will allow it to develop AlphaServers that can scale to hundreds of gigabytes of memory.