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Survivor's Guide to 2006: Network and Systems Management



Sweet Suites

Enterprise-management suite vendors--BMC Systems, CA, Hewlett-Packard and IBM--top the food chain. They want to be all things to all customers and will consume other management vendors to get what they lack. Their products are good at managing, marketing and standards, but fall short when it comes to cost, ease of use and reliability of new releases.

Suite vendors drive the creation and adoption of standards like ITIL (IT Infrastructure Library), with its centralized CMDB (Configuration Management Database). This store of asset information gets stitched together with performance, service and availability data when suite vendors integrate their products and when they partner with point-product vendors to integrate the smaller offerings with the big suites.

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