ON Command CCM Product Line
Extended to Manage
Large-Scale Web Hosting and ASP Server Farm Environments
ON Technology Enables Faster Scaling
for Internet and e-Business Infrastructure Providers
MA, November 14, 2000 – ON Technology
(NASDAQ: ONTC), a leading provider of remote software
delivery solutions, today announced new server management
capabilities that enable Internet and e-Business infrastructure
providers to scale more rapidly while delivering higher
quality of service to their customers. The company's
new product, ON Command CCM™ for Servers, allows
service providers and enterprise IT organizations to
rapidly provision large numbers of servers from centralized
point-and-click consoles and remotely deliver the latest
patches, applications, and configuration changes to
multiple machines simultaneously over the network. A
recent Forrester Research report predicts 68 percent
compound annual growth over the next five years in the
Web hosting market, with managed hosting expected to
be an $11 billion business by the year 2004.
Customers report a significant
reduction in the time required to build and configure
servers using the automated capabilities provided by
ON Command CCM for Servers. A complete server build,
including application installation and system configuration,
can now be accomplished in as little as 10 minutes with
CCM. This compares to a typical time of 4-6 technician
hours using conventional manual approaches, freeing
scarce technical personnel to focus on other critical
infrastructure support activities.
"Aberdeen sees a strong value
proposition in ON Command CCM for Servers," said
Valerie O'Connell, Managing Director, Aberdeen Group.
"The value begins with remote unattended provisioning
of servers. It's fast and accurate, and the value continues
across a lifecycle horizon that includes countless upgrades
and patches, not to mention the occasional but vital
emergency restoration. There's a good fit here for service
providers and enterprise IT organizations who should
save time, and, in the process, free up human talent
for more rewarding assignments. Plus, the consistency
of automation should cut down the technical problems
associated with installing and configuring Windows-based
According to market research firm
IDC, over 4 million new Intel-based servers are expected
to ship in 2000. ON Command CCM™ for Servers can
be used to remotely deploy server operating systems
such as Windows 2000 Server & Advanced Server, Windows
2000 with Windows Terminal Services (WTS) for thin-client
environments, and Windows NT4; service pack updates
and disk administration utilities; Web server applications
such as Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS)
and Site Server; database applications such as Microsoft
SQL Server; and messaging applications such as Microsoft
Exchange Server. In addition, open published interfaces
and tools allow customers and partners to deploy virtually
any custom or off-the-shelf server application.
"ON Command CCM for Servers
is the first product to deliver 100% unattended server
roll-outs including post-installation configuration
and ongoing software management," said Phil Neray,
Vice-President of Marketing, ON Technology. "For
ISPs, ASPs, MSPs and enterprise IT organizations, it's
a flexible and reliable way to rapidly scale their Internet
software infrastructures and add online capacity. If
you've ever built a server from scratch - including
installing applications and sitting through multiple
reboots - you can appreciate the time and tedium saved
by automating the process on lots of machines simultaneously
with ON Command CCM."
Quality of Service
ON Command CCM for Servers helps service providers deliver
enhanced service levels in three ways:
- The system's unique back-end
database tracks all installation and configuration
changes so that servers can be rapidly and automatically
rebuilt in case of system hangs or corruption.
- The use of automated pre-tested
procedures ensures consistent server configurations
and eliminates the potential of human error resulting
from conventional manual ad-hoc approaches.
- ON Command CCM leverages the
built-in reliability and intelligence of vendor-supported
native installation programs, rather than attempting
to reverse-engineer installation programs or clone
identical hardware and software configurations as
with traditional approaches.
for Industry Standards
ON Command CCM for Servers also leverages the latest
hardware and software standards to deliver unattended
network-based operation, easy integration with existing
network environments, and reduced training requirements.
These standards include:
- PXE: Pre-boot execution Environment
(PXE) is a network booting mechanism that allows ON
Command CCM management servers to take control of
remote servers even in the absence of a working operating
system. PXE is part of the Intel Wired for Management
(WfM) specification which has been broadly adopted
by PC and server manufacturers.
- Microsoft Management Console
(MMC): The ON Command CCM administrative console is
a snap-in to the MMC, which reduces training requirements
by providing a consistent and intuitive Explorer-like
interface across all Windows 2000 management functions.
- Standard IP Protocols:
All network communication is based on standard IP-based
protocols such as DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration
Protocol), providing easy integration across LANs
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.
ON Command CCM for Servers is currently shipping and
priced at $500 per managed server. Subscription-based
pricing is also available to match ASP/MSP pricing models
- please contact ON Technology for details. ON Command
CCM for Servers is being demonstrated in Booth #A3833
of the ASP Pavilion at Comdex 2000, Sands Convention
Center, November 13-17.
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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