The next major revision of IBM's Director server management software will ship in the third quarter and focus on ease of use and openness, according to company officials.
IBM Director 5.1 would begin previews with a select group of US customers this month and was expected to be released sometime after July, the company's global brand manager for systems management, Rob Sauerwalt, said.
In the meantime, a Director 4.22 upgrade was due to ship next month with support for managing storage and networking devices, he said. Previous versions were devoted to management and automation of IBM's eServer systems.
When it becomes available, Version 5.1 would be bundled with all IBM servers including its mainframes, midrange servers, x86-based systems and BladeCenter devices.
Using standards such as the Simple Network Management Protocol, the Director software also could be used to manage hardware from multiple vendors, he said.