BMC expands Internet management products

Houston-based BMC Software Inc. last week announced the addition of three new Patrol Internet products designed to provide a fivefold increase in Internet application performance and to increase World Wide Web server availability and scalability.

The new products a Common Gateway Interface (CGI) server product and two Patrol knowledge module products are slated to ship in July. BMC plans to add all three products to the General Services Administration schedules held by DTL Solutions Inc. BTG Inc. and Lucent Technologies Inc. The company also plans to market the products through its direct sales force.

BMC's products address the limitations and disadvantages of the largest segment of the Internet market today: CGI. CGI programs provide the mechanism that connects Web pages to dynamic information sources. Uses include Web-enabled electronic-mail systems purchasing systems and Web search engines. CGI applications however are relatively inefficient and they compete with the Web server for resources limiting the capacity and scalability of the Web server.

With the new Patrol server product which includes a Patrol CGI Broker and one or more Patrol CGI Application servers an agency can distribute its CGI applications and the associated high-resource demands across multiple application server components increasing the performance and availability of the Web server according to BMC officials. The product also offers enhanced security because CGI applications are permitted to operate behind instead of in front of a firewall and authenticated access is provided among the Web server the CGI applications and their database queries.

The new knowledge modules - one for servers and one for applications - are designed to automate and centralize the control of all the critical elements in distributed application management including data databases servers middleware applications networks and server hardware.

The first version of the server product will support SunSoft Inc.'s Solaris Hewlett-Packard Co.'s HP-UX Microsoft Corp.'s Windows NT and Digital Equipment Corp.'s Digital Unix operating systems running on Netscape Communications Corp. Apache and Microsoft Internet Information Server Web servers. A beta version of the product will be available this month.

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