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Linux Tools Set To Change Network Environments

Open Country Inc. on Tuesday expects to officially launch OCM 3.0 Universal Linux System Management Suite. By year's end, the company also will release versions to support Solaris and Windows environments, a company executive told TechWeb.

OCM 3.0 supports global IT support vendors and IT departments that manage appliances, blade servers, edge device and desktop machines. The platform, written in J2EE sitting on a JBoss application server, automates time consuming repeated tasks, such as provisioning, and deploying updates and backups.

The applications suite provides remote managing, asset and repository management files, disaster recover, script management, security patch updates, scheduling and more. "We've proved the platforms also work for Solaris and Windows, but we have to build out the components, which will take us to the end of the year," said Michael Grove, chief executive officer and co-founder.

There is some good news for Linux server adopters. Gartner Inc. forecasts server shipments to reach 2.4 million units in 2010, up from 1.4 million units in 2005, boosting revenue from $6.5 billion to $11.5 billion. That's not the case for desktop adoption rates. Gartner research shows Linux will run on only 3.4 percent of PCs in emerging markets by 2008.

Not so, says Grove, who is working with educators in India to install OCM 3.0. "Once the product is completely rolled out it will be capable of managing desktops for more than two million students across the network," he said.

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