The release of a new dashboard in IBM’s new
Tivoli Storage Manager 5.3 marks the beginning of an effort to consolidate all IT administrator functions under one console.
IBM Friday announced the push for developer support of the Integrated Solutions Console (ISC), a portal to create a consistent user interface for administrators. The Armonk, N.Y., systems vendor plans to release administrative dashboards for other IBM products this year and into 2006.
The Administration Center replaces the administrative Web interface found in
earlier versions of TSM, the company’s data backup, archiving and recovery application.
It’s the first software application and second major component to find its
way into the Integrated Solutions Console (ISC), a framework for plugging in
components of administrative functions, similar to the intranet portals used
by corporations to view company information under one consistent user
interface. Several administrative functions in the IBM
Virtualization Engine, launched last year for managing servers, have
been wrapped into the ISC.
“It’s part of our initiative to start bringing some consistency and some
integration from an administrator’s perspective on how he or she perceives
the components of a data center,” said Ric Telford, IBM director of
autonomic computing architecture and technology, “to give a homogeneous
view of the monitoring and management of these various components.”
The self-optimization value of bringing these functions under one roof is
one of the tenets of IBM’s autonomic
computing strategy, which seeks to improve the way networks are run in
the enterprise. Rather than using a mish-mash of disparate dashboards
created by the vendor or in-house developers, each with their own
look-and-feel and functionality, all the dashboards can run under one
Developers looking to create portlets for the ISC will need the WebSphere
Studio Site Developer 5.1.1 or the WebSphere Portal Toolkit 5.0 and
WebSphere Studio Site Developer 5.1.1. The underlying technology for the
component portlets is Java Specification Request-168 (JSR-168), though some
of the technology in IBM’s portlets pre-dates the specification.
Future IBM releases will incorporate the final Java Community Process
(JCP) standard, though Telford wasn’t able to give a timetable on
third-party inclusion into the ISC.
“The goal is not just the integration of IBM administrative interfaces
because that doesn’t meet the total requirements of a lot of our customers
today,” he said. “They want to be able to integrate third-party
applications with their application suite portlets as well.”
reason they shouldn’t be able to go to one dashboard, one command center,
and have consistency in the way they view and work with user interfaces for
these heterogeneous products.”