The addition of server management capabilities to the arsenals of LANDesk Software and Altiris has strengthened a rivalry between two already formidable competitors.
LANDesk added server monitoring resources to its tool chest with the Jan. 11 launch of LANDesk Server Manager 8.5, a comprehensive suite of monitoring tools, said Dave Taylor, vice president at LANDesk, Salt Lake City.
Server Manager 8.5 uses an agent-based method of monitoring that creates minimal impact on server performance while providing a realtime view of the server infrastructure, said Taylor. On the security side, vulnerability assessments of servers and server-specific applications can be performed using Server Manager 8.5. The new version also offers intelligent platform management interface (IPMI) 2.0 support for networks utilizing out-of-band management systems.
Taylor said that the channel-friendly nature of Server Manager 8.5 makes the product an easy upsell for solution providers whose customers already run client monitoring software.
"We have a strong channel right now selling our desktop solution and now all those partners can sell the server product. We're taking our existing channel and turning them into a lean, mean, server-selling machine. And we're rolling out training and introductory offers," said Taylor.