The Free GMI Agent will now be freely distributed from The GMI Foundation website – www.gmi-foundation.org.
The GMI Foundation, an open-source software developer community, today announced the release of its latest enhancements to the GMI Agent and new GMI Apps, available for immediate download. This latest release is designed to support the General Management Interface (GMI) specification, permitting easy network management of Windows-based platforms. The freely distributed GMI Version 1.2 software, including the developer API and all certified GMI Applications, will now be available in zip format here: http://www.gmi-foundation.org/.
An important feature of this release is the consolidation all of the GMI software, documentation, and API’s delivered from the GMI Foundation website, to better support the growing GMI community. This change makes the GMI Foundation the central clearing-house for the GMI specification, including all generally available software, documentation, and APIs associated with the free GMI project.
As stated by C.B. Bannet, a frequent GMI contributor and independent consultant in the Atlanta metro area: “This change to the GMI distribution model adds a lot of value to GMI software, which provides capabilities that are unique from most commercial solutions on the market today.[LE1] It also removes the burden from GMI sponsors and users, who no longer have to maintain their own distribution lists and archives.” Bannet added further: “This also assists with new development efforts, such as the GMI Agent Linux port, which is currently in development.”
About the GMI Project
The freely distributed GMI system is a protocol, agent system, API, and standard set of command-line utilities that permits an authorized user to query and control a remote platform. Agent functions are provided by remotely uploading and installing new software modules (a.k.a. “GMI Applications”) to extend the range of base network management functions. The system is designed for ease-of-use, and is predicated upon a simple but effective security model.[LE2]
PHP developers, web developers and other interested parties are invited to try this software, which can be downloaded, re-distributed, and incorporated into third-party products without any obligation or restriction.
This latest software is sponsored and endorsed by Vallum Software, LLC, which has made major recent contributions to the GMI project, and recently announced the general availability of the “Vallum Halo (GMI Agent) [LE3] Manager.” Free evaluation versions of the Vallum Halo Manager, which is based on a commercial grade GMI App and the free GMI Agents, are available from the Vallum website here: http://vallumsoftware.com/halo-manager/[LE4]
About The GMI-Foundation
The GMI Foundation consists of a small group of software developers and software product managers whose purpose is to build fundamentally sound software for the improvement and benefit of industry. The first joint project was to develop a universal software agent, that when installed in complex, heterogeneous IT network environments, helps reduce the complexity and amount of human resource to manage systems on the networks that leverage agent-based technologies. The GMI-Agent effectively replaces all proprietary software agents and serves as a “master” enterprise software agent in a single management console.
The GMI Foundation has coded many availability-based IT applications designed to assist network managers with performance and availability of IT services that drive their respective businesses. In the spirit of an open-source distribution model, the GMI Foundation does not require a user registration process to download the applications. The GMI Foundation continues to build low- or no-cost applications for the IT community in a concerted distribution effort with Vallum Software, based in Naples, Florida. For more information on The GMI-Foundation, please visit www.gmi-foundation.org.