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NetIQ Has Something for Microsoft, Linux Users

Officials at San Jose, Calif.-based NetIQ have released the latest enhancements to its management solution product line.

The enhancements, released Monday, are the first announcements from the company after finishing off the revision of it board of director rolls last week.

First, the company announced support for Microsoft's Exchange Server 2003, as well as the release of AppAnalyzer 3.0. The version update, officials promise, is the first to allow Exchange Outlook Web access and usage numbers, which in turn lets them re-allocate bandwidth to best serve the company's needs.

Price is expected to start at $600 for every 100 users and will be available next month.

E-mail has moved beyond being a supplemental communication and into a mission-critical area of every enterprise, regardless of the platform, NetIQ officials said. Keeping unwanted information out while reporting on essential internal usage of remote users is important. What's more, e-mail is increasingly becoming a tool used in the courts.

"With the growing scrutiny of e-mail by business regulators and the courts, being able to understand and audit e-mail usage is also a key organizational requirement," said Chris Baker, Microsoft Exchange group product manager. "E-mail is mission-critical in many organizations today and NetIQ's Exchange Management solution goes far beyond the requisite tasks of ensuring performance and availability."

On the other side of the house, in the AppManager development area, NetIQ has included support for Linux and Unix machines in its Web console. Before, just Windows environments were available within console management.

Increasingly, networks across corporate America, and around the world for that matter, are deploying alternatives to Microsoft's Windows platform and landing with open-source Linux.

"In managing today's complex and highly distributed Web infrastructures, companies need comprehensive and automated management that enables them to meet end-user expectations regarding overall service performance which comprises many different technology components," said David Pann, NetIQ systems management group vice president of product management.

Also part of the announcement Monday is AppManager support of five modules: WebLogic Server 8.1, WebSphere 5.0, Oracle's RDBMS, DB2 UDB and Tivoli Storage Manager.

Last week, company executives finished the last round in the revamping of its board of directors, including the news that Ching-Fa Hwang and Ying Hon-Wang, both founding members, were leaving the board. For a while, Ching-Fa was chairman of the board before being replaced by Charles Boesenberg, who had originally replaced Ching-Fa as chief executive officer last year.