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IBM To Ease Middleware Integration With New Tivoli Tool

Later this year, IBM plans to release the Tivoli Change and Configuration Management Database (CCMDB), a repository for templates used to help integrate the company's middleware products.

CCMDB will advance IBM's autonomic computing efforts by providing tighter integration between Tivoli, Rational, WebSphere and DB2 software, said Bob Madey, vice president of strategic marketing management at Tivoli, Austin, Texas. CCMDB also includes wizard-like "tool mentors" designed to help VARs consult and implement customer deployments along IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) best practices, he said.

CCMDB stands to take task-level automation up a notch by providing a way to automatically communicate an application change across all related databases, which will improve the orchestration of large IT networks by increasing the awareness of application changes, Madey said.

"CCMDB is a very strong piece of the autonomic computing puzzle," he said. "It integrates the separate silos of IT expertise by alerting everyone involved in an application of a change."

Michael Roy, president of Blue World Information Technology, a security-centric IBM solution provider in Seattle, said he and his team have had to build WebSphere Business Integration hooks into Tivoli software on their own. But CCMDB will simplify and speed that task, he said.

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