Windows NT management vendor NetIQ is looking to build on the release of the latest version of its AppManager Suite, by signing up Australia's top ten integrators.
With Com Tech, Praxa, Netbridge and GE Capital IT Solutions already signed up, NetIQ's new regional director David Thrum, formerly of Computer Associates, said that he was confident of soon having a channel that would take the company into Australia's largest NT sites.
"We're going to partner with all of the major system integrators," Thrum said. "We definitely see the channel as the mechanism to getting into those accounts."
A typical NetIQ site might have 50 or more NT servers and be running Back Office applications or Lotus Domino or Oracle. Internationally NetIQ counts Shell, Boeing and Microsoft itself, as major customers.
"For any reseller out there that is selling NT, Exchange or SQL Server this is a great product for them to take on. NetIQ is packaged like a Back Office application and it's very easy to get going out of the box," said Tom Kemp, NetIQ's vice president of marketing.
"And there's not just the chance to resell the product, there is also the opportunity to do the implementation, training, consulting work and so on."
While products like CA's Unicentre and IBM's Tivoli are broad management platforms, NetIQ's AppManager is very focused on managing NT servers. It is therefore complementary, not competitive to those products and would simply snap into Unicentre or Tivoli.
Version 3 of AppManager adds new functionality including 160 pre-packaged performance and service-level management reports.
"A lot of customers want to be able to qualify whether they are meeting service level agreements. We now have all these out-of-the-box reports for taking all of that data and putting it into report format," Kemp said.
It also adds support for the hardware management software on Dell and Hewlett Packard servers (previously having only supported Compaq), and now support Citrix WinFrame and Microsoft Terminal Server.
This version also adds support for new Microsoft technologies including WBEM (Web-based Enterprise Management), Windows 2000, SQL Server 7.0 and Microsoft Management Console. Finally, AppManager 3.0 introduces a Web console and a security management console.