Technology Launches ON iCommand, Breakthrough
Web-Enabled Solution for Managing Range of Platforms
over Wired and Wireless Networks
ON iCommand Provides
Unified IT Management Solution for Windows, Linux, UNIX,
Pocket PC, Mac OS X and Other Java-Enabled Devices
Symposium/ITxpo, San Diego, CA (March 24, 2003) - ON
Technology (Nasdaq:ONTC), a leading provider of enterprise
infrastructure management solutions, today announced
the immediate availability of ON iCommand™, a
unified Web-enabled solution for managing a broad range
of devices over any type of network including wired
and wireless LANs, WANs, mobile cellular, and dial-up
and broadband Internet connections.
ON iCommand’s innovative
Java-based agent and server technology supports desktops,
servers, retail kiosks, and mobile devices such as laptops
and handhelds, and has been designed to support next-generation
devices such as intelligent cell phones, embedded vehicle
systems and consumer set-top boxes. With ON iCommand,
IT departments can now perform critical management functions
on thousands of remote devices simultaneously, under
the control of centralized administration servers. These
functions include unattended provisioning, OS and application
deployment, ongoing security updates, disaster recovery,
ON iCommand allows large and geographically-distributed
organizations to reduce operational costs, enhance the
reliability and security of their IT infrastructures,
and improve their ability to respond rapidly to changing
business priorities. The new software offering builds
upon ON’s highly-scalable and field-proven ON
Command® CCM technology, extending its management
capabilities to non-Windows platforms such as Linux
for the first time and providing a single unified environment
for today’s heterogeneous IT environments.
“Over the past five years, the Fixed Income Investment
Area of TIAA-CREF has used ON Command CCM to automate
and streamline our IT processes while delivering the
highest levels of IT support to end-users,” said
Charles S. Dvorkin, vice president, TIAA Investment
Systems, TIAA-CREF. “Now that we’re introducing
Linux servers and eventually wireless handheld devices
into our Windows environment, iCommand will allow us
to easily manage all of our systems via a single integrated
solution. Another benefit is that with iCommand, our
Windows administrators can routinely configure Linux
and handheld systems via a simple consistent interface,
without needing to learn an entirely new set of skills.”
According to industry analysts, the Mobile Systems Management
market is expected to grow to $750 million by 2005.
This growth is being driven by two key factors: a rapid
increase in the number of mobile devices, and the high
cost of ensuring they always have the latest software
and content. IDC projects that 66 percent of all U.S.
workers will be mobile by 2006, while Gartner estimates
that IT organizations currently spend up to 50 percent
more to manage wireless devices than traditional desktops*.
The market for Linux systems is
also growing rapidly. According to IDC, the market for
Linux servers has grown into a $7 billion market, with
Linux expected to become the No. 2 server platform by
2006. Industry observers also believe that the growth
of Linux is currently being hampered by a lack of robust
multi-platform management tools, especially for complex
next-generation devices such as blade servers.
“ON iCommand embodies our
vision for managing any function, on any device, over
any network, and it significantly strengthens our competitive
position versus our competitors,” said Robert
L. Doretti, ON Technology chairman, president, and CEO.
“By delivering a single comprehensive solution
for efficiently managing today’s multi-platform
and multi-network environments, iCommand solves a number
of important real-world problems for our enterprise
customers. Consequently, we expect it to create major
new revenue opportunities in a range of industries including
retail, financial services, health care, manufacturing
and the public sector.”
(CM) solutions offer important cost savings in managing
the complexity of current computing environments, but
more importantly, they also enhance end-user productivity
and enable businesses to be more agile and therefore
more competitive,” said Ronni Colville, research
director, Gartner Inc. “IT organizations should
look to leverage a single CM tool to manage all platforms,
both inside and outside the corporate firewall, including
desktops, mobile devices and servers.”
iCommand Web Management Portals
ON iCommand incorporates two new management portals
aimed at addressing the needs of both LAN-connected
and mobile/remote users.
ON iCommand Web Self-Service,
a revolutionary capability that reduces IT load by
allowing end-users to install and configure corporate-approved
software in a controlled manner from the convenience
of their Web browsers.
- ON iCommand Web Admin, a new
Web-enabled administrative portal for administering
users on any device from anywhere using standard browsers.
This new capability complements ON’s existing
rich graphical console interface based on the Microsoft
Management Console (MMC) standard.
“The new iCommand Web Admin
console will be a huge productivity benefit to us, especially
when our technicians are performing onsite support at
our many locations outside the main hospital campus,”
said Bryan Ostapuck, coordinator of desktop services,
Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. “We
also see significant value in iCommand Web Self Service
because power end-users, such as hospital executives,
get exactly what they need immediately from an internal
Web site—while allowing us to better support them
in the future by ensuring that applications are installed
without user intervention, using standard IT-approved
Secure, Bandwidth-Aware Communication
for Mobile & Remote Users
ON iCommand enables IT support for mobile and remote
users by maximizing bandwidth efficiency over slow and
intermittent Internet connections – such as wireless
and dial-up networks – without affecting the end-user
This is accomplished via a series
of sophisticated bandwidth-aware technologies including
file- and byte-level differencing, dynamic bandwidth
throttling, checkpoint-restart, and compression. ON
iCommand also leverages HTTP, the industry-standard
Web protocol, in order to easily support Internet-connected
users without re-configuration of corporate firewalls
or implementation of costly and cumbersome Virtual Private
Networks (VPNs). Finally, ON iCommand incorporates the
Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol for secure encrypted
communication over the public Internet.
ON iCommand will be demonstrated at the Gartner Symposium/IT
Expo 2003, March 24-26 at the San Diego Convention Center
in Booth #441.
ON iCommand V2.0 is currently available
with support for managing both Windows and Linux devices.
ON iCommand V2.1 is planned for shipment within 45 days
and provides added support for managing Pocket PC, Sun
Solaris, HP-UX, and Mac OS X devices. Upgrades for existing
ON Command CCM customers are also available. Please
contact ON Technology for detailed pricing information.
Additional information about ON iCommand can be found
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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