ON Technology and Centennial
Software Team Up
To Offer Network-Based Asset Management
Integrated Solution Provides Ideal
for Windows 2000 Migrations & Ongoing Management
MA, November 8, 2000 – ON Technology
(NASDAQ: ONTC), a leading provider of remote software
delivery solutions, today announced that it is now offering
Centennial Discovery™ to help organizations manage,
track, and reduce the costs of their technology assets
and complement its flagship product, ON Command CCM™.
Centennial Discovery is a next-generation network inventory
tool that details what IT assets a company has, where
they're physically located, how they're configured,
and when changes are made to them. ON Command CCM has
been judged by industry analysts, reviewers, enterprise
IT managers and service providers as the best unattended
solution for remotely delivering business-critical software
across the extended enterprise.
Centennial Discovery is ideally
suited for identifying all machines on the network and
creating target deployment groups for remote software
delivery. For example, an organization planning a Windows
2000 migration would use Centennial Discovery to identify
all PCs that are W2K-compliant -- based on minimum processor,
memory and hard drive requirements -- and then use ON
Command CCM to rebuild all PCs in the target group with
Windows 2000 and associated applications. ON Command
CCM can then be used to manage the PCs on an ongoing
basis and automatically deploy updates to operating
systems, applications, configuration settings, and virus
"Centennial Discovery fits
our strategy of offering customers a choice of best-of-breed
solutions," said Phil Neray, Vice-President of
Marketing, ON Technology. "In comparison, traditional
desktop management suites oblige customers to accept
bundled functions with weaker functionality. Centennial
Discovery is fast, innovative, and extremely easy-to-use,
and we're proud to be offering it alongside ON Command
ON now offers IT organizations
and Management Service Providers (MSPs) a complete family
of best-of-breed solutions consisting of: ON Command
CCM for remote software delivery; ON Command Remote™
for remote control and Help Desk troubleshooting; and
Centennial Discovery for inventory tracking. Leading
IT industry analysts have identified these three functions
as critical elements of a comprehensive management strategy
based on "Best Practices".
using Centennial Discovery can significantly reduce
the time and cost of an IT audit and can also make regularly
scheduled inventories feasible, giving IT managers more
up-to-date information," said Suzanne Sliter, General
Manager of Centennial Software. "Centennial's patent-pending
LANProbe technology is also unique in determining the
physical location of devices, combining the advantages
of both a physical and network inventory."
Features & Benefits
- Product Integration:
The two products have been integrated at multiple
levels. ON Command CCM can be used to automatically
deploy the Centennial agent to all PCs on the network;
the ON Command CCM agent can remotely wake-up PCs
and trigger the Centennial agent to perform a real-time
inventory scan -- "on-demand" -- without
requiring end-user intervention ; target groups created
from queries in Centennial Discovery can be used by
ON Command CCM to create targeted deployments; the
Centennial console can be launched from the ON Command
- Support for Mobile & Remote
Devices: As with ON Command CCM, Centennial Discovery
uses standard IP networking and can therefore communicate
with PCs via intermittent connections such as WANs
and dial-up Internet connections as well as with PCs
that are permanently connected via LANs.
- Patent-Pending LANProbe: Traditional
physical inventories have the advantage of identifying
the actual physical location of devices within the
office premises. Centennial's LANProbe is unique in
identifying the physical location of devices as well
as information about installed hardware and software.
It does this by interrogating switching and routing
devices to determine to which port each item is attached;
if the device moves to another location, the new location
is automatically registered in the repository.
- Generating Alerts and Monitoring
License Compliance: Centennial Discovery can alert
administrators whenever end-users have installed unapproved
applications on their systems (such as games), removed
hardware from their systems, or physically moved them
to a different location. It can also be used to track
software installations in order to maintain legal
compliance with software licensing regulations.
For additional product information about Centennial
Discovery, please visit www.on.com/Product/centennial.
& Special Introductory Pricing
Centennial Discovery is currently available from ON
Technology. ON Technology is offering a special introductory
pricing program for ON Command CCM customers, valid
until December 31, 2000. Competitive upgrades are also
available. Please contact ON Technology for pricing
details at www.on.com or 800-767-6638.
About Centennial Software
Centennial Software is the North American subsidiary
of Centennial UK Ltd., a privately-owned British software
organization that develops solutions to assist companies
in managing, controlling and reducing the costs of their
technology assets. Centennial's products include Centennial
Discovery and the Centennial 2000 Enterprise Editions
for corporate PCs. For further information visit Centennial's
Web site at www.centennial.co.uk.
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.
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