§ Another major US deal for this British open systems management company
§ OSM's COSMOS suite selected above powerful rival systems management
solutions for its flexibility and cost effectiveness
June 24th 1998 - Open Systems Management Ltd. (OSM), the Ascot-based
systems management specialist has signed a licenses and services
agreement with Amazon.com Inc., in the USA. OSM has a small, but
rapidly growing operation in Seattle which will support
implementation. Amazon.com, the online retailer, Earth's Biggest
Bookstore, offers three million books, CDs, and more to customers
visiting its web-site at www.amazon.com
The deal is to provide COSMOS, OSM's systems management suite
for open systems, in a solution for managing Amazon.com's
substantial UNIX server farm of powerful Digital Alpha and Sun
servers. COSMOS will help Amazon.com to ensure its store offers
24-hour continuity of service and the performance needed to quickly
serve the potential customers who browse its virtual bookshelves.
Amazon.com's groundbreaking electronic bookstore is one of the
leading electronic merchandising stories, but it also highlights the
special importance that good systems management takes on for a
totally online company.
Amazon.com selected OSM over other market leading solutions
because it found that COSMOS had clear advantages in a rapidly
growing and dynamic environment. The electronic bookseller says that
it chose COSMOS on the basis of toolset flexibility, quality of
support, and cost-effectiveness.
COSMOS toolset flexibility includes being able to selectively
purchase just those modules from the suite that meet the needs of the
business, know that they will integrate, and know that additional
modules can easily be added later. Each module has been designed to
allow for later configuration and customisation by the customer to
enable COSMOS to be adapted to meet new future needs.
The full COSMOS systems management suite is designed for managing
UNIX and Windows NT environments and consists of ten applications
areas, available separately, and sharing a common look and feel.
Applications include backup/recovery and event monitoring, print
spooling, batch job scheduling, report management, auditing, access
security, console management, resource accounting and chargeback,
user/group administration, software distribution, and duty
OSM, based in Ascot, Berkshire provides the COSMOS suite of
systems management applications for UNIX and Windows NT. OSM boasts
over twenty thousand licenses of COSMOS, installed in over thirty
countries. Its UK customers include Q8 Petroleum, Boots, Ulster Bank,
Northumbrian Water and Monmouthshire County Council.
A privately-owned British company, OSM also has a US sales and
support office based in Seattle. OSM employs 50 people and has OEM
business partnerships with Sequent Computer Systems, Digital
Equipment Corp., Siemens Nixdorf, Sun Microsystems Corp. and others.
Since it began trading in 1988, OSM's turnover has grown each year by
around 50% with a turnover of over £5 million expected for the year
to January 1999. Recently the company won a £3.25 million injection
from 3i, the capital investment company.
OSM's web site is at www.osmcorp.com
Editors please note: "Earth's Biggest Bookstore" is a Service Mark
(SM) of Amazon.com
More information from:
Oast Communications (IT-PR Agency)
Tel. 01959 568500
Interviews with OSM are possible upon request.
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