AMD Announces New Desktop Collaboration With Computer Associates
-New software delivers unparalleled manageability and functionality to end users-
SUNNYVALE, CA and ISLANDIA, N.Y. --
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) and Computer Associates International, Inc. (CA) today announced CA's Unicenter TNG Desktop Edition, a comprehensive solution for managing desktop computers.
Based on CA's leading desktop management expertise combined with AMD's standards-based AlertIT™ technology, Unicenter TNG Desktop Edition is the most technically advanced and comprehensive desktop management solution being brought to the marketplace. It is designed to operate in stand-alone Windows® environment and work seamlessly with Unicenter TNG, CA's award-winning total enterprise management solution. Corporate IT departments can effortlessly upgrade to full functionality of asset management, software distribution, network management and other Unicenter TNG capabilities.
Unicenter TNG Desktop Edition includes complete virus protection, software and hardware inventory, system configuration information, an extendable knowledge database of solutions, and PC health monitoring for AMD-based PCs. Both AMD and CA will offer this complete solution for free.
Unicenter TNG Desktop Edition was developed with the sole purpose of simplifying how desktop computers communicate potential problems and conflicts to end-users, whether implemented as a solution for growing businesses or as a useful tool in the home. As a result, Unicenter TNG Desktop Edition can help lower the total cost of ownership and improve the value and benefits of PC investments.
Becoming successful in today's e-business environment also requires a steadfast internal IT infrastructure. Unicenter TNG Desktop Edition is the perfect stepping stone in this transition, helping companies maximize system uptime and protection from malicious viruses on the individual level, while delivering a clear and easy path to more comprehensive system management solutions for the entire enterprise.
AMD and CA have created a solution with more intuitive problem-solving capabilities and important features critical to ensure optimal system health by including the following functionality:
- Simplified intuitive communication of PC problems.
- A powerful experience-based reasoning system included with the product to facilitate intelligent troubleshooting. It contains a library of known problem conditions, explanations and suggested resolutions. Resellers, OEMs and support organizations can easily augment this information to provide customized service to their customers.
- Valuable new functionality, such as complete antivirus tools.
- Extensibility to the business workgroup and enterprise environment.
"By providing much needed functionality and an easy-to-comprehend user interface, Computer Associates and AMD have given PC users and IT technicians a powerful and intuitive desktop utility," said Philip Mendoza, client management software analyst at International Data Corporation. "And by making it widely available at no cost, Unicenter TNG Desktop Edition is clearly a leading product of choice for PC device health monitoring and troubleshooting."
"Unicenter TNG Desktop Edition provides a less complicated path for standardization of management on corporate and business desktops," said Marc Sokol, CA senior vice president and general manager, global marketing. "Unicenter TNG Desktop Edition fits seamlessly into business-computing environments, providing functionality to the workgroup, network and major enterprise systems through integration with other CA management solutions, It's exciting to be working with AMD, which understands the value this type of management brings to the end user and the industry."
"As we move our award-winning AMD Athlon™ processor into the commercial environment, we know that desktop management is a key component of our enterprise strategy," said Rob Herb, AMD senior vice president and chief marketing executive. "Working with Computer Associates, a well-established strategic partner and recognized leader in enterprise management, helps us ensure that AMD-based platforms are the best managed in the industry."
Unicenter TNG Desktop Edition uses AMD's AlertIT technology, which leverages standard PC components to provide monitoring and alerting of system configuration, component status, operating parameters, error conditions and other critical events and information. The AlertIT software allows configuration for operations such as enabling or disabling alerts for specific system management events, and setting tolerances for monitoring critical system parameters such as temperatures, voltages and fan speeds.
The enabling components of AlertIT will be provided as part of Unicenter TNG Desktop Edition when installed on manageable AMD Athlon and AMD-K6® family-based PCs. AlertIT technology, which was developed by AMD, is the latest addition to AMD's Managed Performance Portfolio of hardware, software and firmware solutions that improve network and system performance and manageability.
The effort involved in Unicenter TNG Desktop Edition demonstrates a strengthened partnership between Computer Associates and AMD. CA and AMD plan to continue working closely in the future to enable value-added business computing solutions. Both companies have enjoyed a strong relationship for a number of years, working together on initiatives addressing network management and total cost of ownership.
Unicenter TNG Desktop Edition is planned for availability by March 1 at no cost from AMD's and CA's Web sites, AMD and CA account representatives, and as a preinstalled option on selected vendors' AMD processor-based business PCs.
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Computer Associates International, Inc. (NYSE: CA), the world leader in mission-critical business computing, provides software, support and integration services in more than 100 countries around the world. CA has more than 17,500 employees and had revenue of $5.3 billion in fiscal year 1999.