i3, Datatrend Team for Packaged IBM SolutionBy Leah Gabriel Nurik | Print
Two IBM business partners collaborate to develop a network management and monitoring solution that solution providers can use in Tivoli deployments and managed services engagements.
i3 Software and Datatrend today announced they will provide joint network management and monitoring solutions. Together, the two companies, both IBM reseller partners, will provide a packaged IBM BladeCenter and Tivoli solution to the telecommunications, banking and retail industries.
The relationship plays on the strengths and experiences of each company. i3 will provide Tivoli integration and management services while Datatrend supports configuration and implementation services for IBM BladeCenter hardware.
Together, i3 and Datatrend will be able to "offer a packaged solution that allows customers to get their solution up and running a lot sooner," according to Manoj Khabe, i3’s CTO and practice leader for enterprise management services.
According to Khabe, the partnership aims to reduce time to market and provide improved ROI for customers. "They get the best of both hardware and software, so they can manage the solution without more headcount," says Khabe.
Primarily, i3 and Datatrend will focus on offering the solution to the telecommunications, banking and retail industries. Datatrend Director of Marketing Chuck Fuerst asserts that these markets are experiencing a unique and growing demand for packaged virtualization and monitoring solutions.
"For example, telecom service providers are moving beyond traditional voice services to new technologies like VOIP and IPTV," says Fuerst. "These technologies drive different systems and network devices. An integrated IBM Tivoli system allows them to effectively monitor and manage those networks."
As of today, the two companies are actively marketing and selling the solution.