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Red Hat Unveils Management Module

NEW YORK -- Looking to build momentum around its Advanced Server platform, Linux distributor Red Hat unveiled a new enterprise system management module for its Red Hat Network.

The company made the announcement at the LinuxWorld Expo Thursday.

With built-in device monitoring, trend analysis and other data parsing features, the latest module is being touted by Red Hat as the next step in building an integrated enterprise Linux platform.

The module includes "software delivery support, configuration management, availability reporting, trend reporting and an intuitive user interface that doesn't change," said Paul Santinelli, director of product marketing at Red Hat. "It can support thousands of environments, with a single back end. You can integrate it in back end (systems)," Santinelli said. "And you can manage it all from a browser."

Other features include device monitoring, trend analysis and service level availability reporting and automated fault management.

At a press conference at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo here, company officials said the enterprise management module framework builds on its software delivery and software management modules it released last summer.

It can run on back-end installs or with its Red Hat Network Satellite server. Unlike other enterprise systems management applications, Red Hat Network's monitoring functionality requires no agent based probes, the company said, including an improved fault management engine.

Installation fees on the satellite server version start at $25,000, company officials said. For hosted versions the fee is $120 per host, per year.