October 1, 2002

NetIQ Expands Its Solutions for Managing Heterogeneous IT Infrastructures

Delivers New Cross-Platform Modules for BEA WebLogic Server and Sun ONE Web Server to Streamline Web Application Management


Press Release

SAN JOSE, Calif.

NetIQ Corp. (Nasdaq: NTIQ), a leading provider of Systems Management, Security Management and Web Analytics solutions, today announced a broad array of cross-platform modules designed to more effectively manage heterogeneous IT infrastructures. From a single console, IT administrators can manage, analyze and report on the health, performance and availability of their entire systems—from the physical hardware to server-based applications—across Windows, UNIX and Linux platforms.

Modules to manage BEA WebLogic Server™ and Sun ONE Web Server are shipping today. Earlier this year, NetIQ delivered its initial set of cross-platform modules for Microsoft Operations Manager 2000 (MOM) and AppManager® Suite that include support for Sun Solaris, IBM AIX, HP-UX and Red Hat Linux. The new modules being announced today further extend NetIQ's cross-platform solutions to address the complexity and scale of managing Web-based application infrastructures including:

  • Web servers
    • Apache—available now
    • IBM HTTP Server—available now
    • Sun ONE Web Server—available now
  • Application servers
    • BEA WebLogic Server—available now
    • IBM WebSphere Application Server—shipping by year end
    • Sun ONE Application Server—shipping by year end
  • Database servers
    • IBM DB2 UDB—shipping by year end
    • Oracle RDBMS—shipping by year end
  • Storage servers
    • Tivoli Storage Manager—shipping by year end

Today's proliferating Web applications involve a multitude of components that must communicate across disparate technology silos and diverse platforms. For example, a typical online ordering system would utilize .NET technology in the front end, Java Enterprise Edition in the middle and databases in the back end, as well as connect to existing applications. As a result, Web-based applications involve more complexity, scalability and management challenges than legacy applications.

"In managing today's heterogeneous IT infrastructure, companies need to deliver service to the overall application which comprises many different technology components," said David Giannini, director of cross-platform products at NetIQ. "With NetIQ, they can manage their Windows-, UNIX- and Linux-based systems and applications through a single solution."

Iron Mountain, the global leader in records and information management, is using AppManager to help maintain the performance and availability of its heterogeneous IT environment. "With AppManager, we were able to take information from various systems and applications, make it intelligible and determine how to most effectively deploy our IT resources to serve both external and internal customers," said James Price, manager of network monitoring at Iron Mountain. "With NetIQ's new cross-platform modules, we'll be able to extend management to all aspects of our Web and application servers as well."

According to IDC, the performance and availability management software market will reach $4.9 billion in 2006 and having a focus on distributed, Web-based and cross-platform environments will be critical to the future success in this market.

"Taking its traditional Windows-based management functionality and extending that to cross-platform Web-based environments is a logical and strategic move for NetIQ," said Tim Grieser, program vice president, enterprise systems management software at IDC. "As Web access and Web-enablement increasingly become the de-facto standard for applications, NetIQ's solutions will allow existing customers to manage their extended environments from the same, familiar Windows-based viewpoint."

"Application servers are a key part of an enterprise's e-business solution. They need to be managed just as an operating system platform does," said Eric Stahl, director of product marketing, BEA Systems (Nasdaq: BEAS). "With its new module, NetIQ can provide the ability to manage every detail within any Web-based solution built on the BEA WebLogic Server and can ensure performance, availability and transaction integrity."

Pricing and Availability

NetIQ's cross-platform modules are priced starting at $750 per server. Modules for Apache, BEA WebLogic Server, IBM HTTP Server and Sun ONE Web Server are shipping now. Modules for IBM WebSphere Application Server, IBM DB2 UDB, Oracle RDBMS, Sun ONE Application Server and Tivoli Storage Manager will begin shipping by the end of this year. For more information about NetIQ's cross-platform products, please go to www.netiq.com/unix.

About NetIQ

Founded in 1995, NetIQ Corp. (Nasdaq: NTIQ) is a leading provider of Systems Management, Security Management and Web Analytics solutions. Historically focused on the Windows management market, NetIQ now delivers cross-platform solutions that enhance business performance resulting in higher returns on infrastructure and Web investments. NetIQ products are sold across all continents directly and through a network of authorized NetIQ partners and resellers. The company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with development and operational personnel in Houston, Texas; Raleigh, N.C.; Bellevue, Wash.; and Portland, Ore. For more information, please visit NetIQ's Web site at www.netiq.com or call (888) 323-6768.

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