ON Technology Ships Management
Enabled For Windows 2000
Accelerates migration to Windows
with full support for Intel Wired for Management standard
MA, February 16, 2000 -- ON Technology Corporation
(NASDAQ: ONTC), a leading provider of advanced solutions
for managing software across corporate networks and
the Internet, today announced the immediate availability
of ON Command CCM™ for Windows 2000. ON Command
CCM accelerates migration to Windows 2000 Professional
by automatically "pushing" the operating system
and applications to PCs from a range of server platforms
-- including Windows 2000, Windows NT 4.0, and UNIX
servers -- in environments where Active Directory has
not yet been implemented.
ON Command CCM's "scheduled
push" approach reduces network and server loading
and minimizes impact on end-user productivity for large-scale
deployments. This complements the "on-demand"
end-user pull approach provided by Microsoft (NASDAQ:
MSFT) using Windows 2000 and IntelliMirror.
ON Command CCM allows IT administrators
to manage heterogeneous desktop environments consisting
of both Windows 2000 and pre-Windows 2000 clients (Windows
95, Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0) from a single administrative
console and client database. To facilitate seamless
migration to Active Directory, the company also announced
future support for leveraging Group Policy information
contained in Active Directory to manage both Windows
2000 and pre-Windows 2000 PCs.
"ON Technology is taking advantage
of Windows 2000 capabilities and making deployment of
Windows 2000 in a mixed Windows NT Workstation, Windows
95 and Windows 98 environment even easier and faster
for our customers," said Keith White, director
of marketing, Windows division, Microsoft Corp. "Microsoft
is excited that ON Technology helps extend Windows 2000
functionality to offer customers a reliable and easy
to use management solution to enable digital business."
"IDC studies show that businesses
deploying Windows 2000 Professional will replace a variety
of operating systems ranging from Windows NT 4.0 to
Windows 95 to Windows 3.1," said Philip Mendoza,
client management software analyst, International Data
Corporation (IDC). "ON Technology's solution will
enable customers with these mixed environments to migrate
to Windows 2000 Professional and manage their entire
Full Intel Wired for Management
Support, Including BIS
ON Command CCM further adds value to Windows 2000 by
supporting the full Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) Wired for Management
(WfM) standard including Wake-On-LAN (WOL) for unattended
PC wake-up during off-hours, and Boot Integrity Services
(BIS) to protect against hackers who might attempt to
download malicious software to PCs. ON Technology's
unique Pre-OS Agent leverages BIS by initializing security
credentials on each managed PC from a centralized server
-- without sending a technician to each PC.
ON Command CCM also supports other
WfM capabilities including Pre-boot eXecution Environment
(PXE) for unattended network booting and operating system
installation, and Desktop Management Interface (DMI)
2.0 for Help Desk troubleshooting and asset management.
Migration Tool for Integrators and Outsourcers
For system integrators and outsourcers, ON Command CCM
offers an automated approach that provides higher margins
as well as ongoing revenue potential from remote systems
management delivered over standard IP-based networks.
According to industry analysts, the market for Windows
2000 support and maintenance services is expected to
reach $2B annually by 2003.
Advantage of Latest Microsoft Technologies
ON Command CCM takes advantage of the latest Microsoft
technologies including the Microsoft Management Console
(MMC), Windows Installer (WI), and Windows Management
Instrumentation (WMI). ON Technology's MMC snap-in provides
a common administrative interface across Windows 2000
and Systems Management Server (SMS) 2.0, thus reducing
training and support costs. CCM facilitates mixed environments
by supporting the automated deployment of both new applications
- that have been modified to use WI - as well as legacy
applications. In addition, hardware and software inventory
information obtained via WMI and SMS can be imported
into CCM to populate the CCM client database with information
such as PC MAC address and machine name.
The CCM package for automated installation of the Windows
2000 Professional operating system, as well as an enhanced
version of the CCM Desktop Agent supporting application
installation and ongoing management of Windows 2000
Professional clients, are available immediately. ON
Command CCM server for the Windows 2000 Server platform
is currently available in early access release and will
be generally available within 60 days.
About ON Technology Corporation
ON Technology empowers IT organizations and service providers to manage the full lifecycle of their computing systems over large-scale corporate networks. Our solutions are used to rapidly and reliably deploy critical applications, operating systems, and content to desktops, mobile PCs, handhelds, servers, retail point-of-sale (POS) terminals and banking workstations. Our customers leverage our solutions to significantly reduce IT costs, improve availability and reliability of business-critical applications, and enhance both IT and end-user productivity. ON’s management solution has been chosen by more than 1,000 enterprises worldwide to manage in excess of 1.2 million networked computer systems. For more information visit ON Technology’s Web site at www.on.com or call 800-767-6638.
Gerald Kimber White
Allen & Caron Inc.
ON Technology, ON Command, and ON Command CCM are registered trademarks, and the ON logo and ON iCommand are trademarks of ON Technology Corporation. Microsoft and Windows are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries. All other brand names and trademarks are properties of their respective owners.
The statements in this press release that relate to ON Technology’s future plans, events and performance are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Some of the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements are general economic conditions, including the current weakness in the global economy, demand for the Company’s products and services, performance of the Company’s direct and indirect distribution channels, competitive pressures, market acceptance of the Company’s new products and technologies, and the risk factors detailed from time to time in ON Technology’s periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including without limitation the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the third quarter of 2003 filed in November 2003. Actual results and performance may differ materially due to these and other factors. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. ON Technology undertakes no obligation to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained in this press release that may reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this press release.
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