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IBM today announced IBM Director - a highly-integrated systems management
software solution, which includes an advanced self-healing computing
feature called Software Rejuvenation, which will automatically reduce
server downtime by predicting and repairing software failures before they
happen.

GartnerGroup has estimated that up to 40 percent of server failures are
caused by software and that server downtime caused by software failures on
Intel-based environment far exceeds downtime (more than 2X) associated
with hardware failures. These failures lead to downtime, which can cost
companies as much as $27,000 per minute, according to The Standish Group.

One of the major issues related to Intel-based servers is that software
often exhibits an increasing failure rate over time due to a process known
as "aging." During the aging process, small programming errors
accumulate and absorb ever-increasing amounts of a computer's resources,
eventually leading to server downtime. As the name implies, IBM Software
Rejuvenation identifies and predicts pending software problems and enables
a system to automatically schedule a time to reset - or rejuvenate - its
software, rather than allow the software to continue aging and potentially
crash the server.

"Customers are looking for a ways to decrease server downtime without
allocating huge amounts of time and staff," said Steve Menadue, VP
Marketing PSG EMEA. "With this next generation of IBM Director and
Software Rejuvenation, businesses get easy deployment and proactive
management to predict and correct problems before they even happen,
helping eliminate costly downtime."

Software Rejuvenation is a proactive technology developed by IBM Research
and eServer xSeries architecture and designed to work in conjunction with
the other programs within IBM Director to improve computer reliability in
both server and telecommunications environments.

Once deployed on Windows or Linux based operating systems, IBM Director
allows users to link and control a number of servers and workstations from
a single terminal, providing an easy to use solution which enables the
management and storage of data from one central location. IBM Director is
controlled by using a simple click, drag and drop icon-based interface and
can even be linked to the server network - via the Internet - for a
wireless server management solution.

IBM Director can be used as a stand-alone product or incorporated into an
existing enterprise or workgroup management environment. With IBM
Director, IT administrators will be able to view the hardware
configuration of remote systems in detail and monitor the usage and
performance of critical components such as processors, disks and memory.
IBM Director supports multiple operating systems, including Red Hat Linux
as well as Windows 2000, Millennium and NT, Windows 95/98, NetWare, SCO
Unixware and OS/2.

Key to the new IBM Director package are extensions or 'plug-ins' known as
Life Cycle Tools (LCT), which are designed to lower the costs associated
with deploying, managing and supporting Intel-based servers. These
software tools will reduce a networked server total cost by reducing
downtime, increasing productivity of IT personnel and reducing service and
support costs.

Life Cycle Tools for IBM Director include:

· Advanced Systems Management - Gives the user exceptional control of
remote systems even if the targeted system is not powered on.

· Capacity Manager - Tracks resource utilisation, identifies multiple
levels of existing or potential bottlenecks, and makes recommendations to
improve performance. This feature includes support for clustered systems
and is designed to alert IBM Director when bottlenecks are found.

· Cluster Systems Management - Enhances reliability of MSCS clusters by
helping control and manage clustered servers and alerting administrators
to any event within the cluster.

· Fibre Channel RAID Manager - Provides SNMP alerts for Fibre Channel
devices attached to eServer.

· RAID Manager -- Configures, monitors, and manages the ServeRAID
Controller through a graphical display.

· System Availability -- Tracks and provides a variety of graphical views
of system downtime or uptime for an individual system or group of systems.

· Rack Manager -- Can configure and manage a rack by dragging and dropping
elements on a realistic graphical depiction of the rack and provides a
detailed colour coded health status of the rack and its components.

For more information about IBM eServer servers and products, please visit
http://www.ibm.com


**The IBM eServer brand consists of the established IBM e-business logo
with the following descriptive term "server" following it.

*The IBM e-business logo, software rejuvenation and xSeries are all
trademarks of IBM Corporation.

* Windows 2000 Datacenter Edition, Windows NT, Windows 98 and Windows 95
are registered trademarks of Microsoft.

*Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.

All others are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective
companies.

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