Vallum Software today announced it has reached an agreement with the GMI Foundation to develop a series of Linux and UNIX based agent programs to extend its existing Windows management platform support. This new change will expand the support of GMI and the Vallum Halo Manager to allow in-depth management of Linux and UNIX platforms using the well-tested General Management Interface specification, currently available for all types of Windows platforms.
The new Linux and UNIX based GMI agents will operate in a fashion identical to the Windows agents, incorporating the same management interface, extensible “App” architecture, and security model. This new software adaptation for the GMI agent to Linux and UNIX will allow end-users to manage Linux and UNIX servers in the exact same fashion as Windows servers, obtaining CPU, memory, and network statistics, and allowing additional GMI Apps to be uploaded to extend the range of agent functions.
Initially, Vallum will support all popular versions of Linux, expanding rapidly to permit Solaris platforms, and eventually other platforms (such as AIX and HPUX) to be managed using the GMI specification.
“At this time, with thousands of downloads and installations of the Vallum Halo Manager and GMI agent currently deployed, we have demonstrated beyond question that GMI and Halo are an effective tool for managing Windows platforms. We now plan to rapidly expand into end-point management of other platforms”, said Lance Edelman, executive director of Vallum Software. “We see support of Linux and other UNIX platforms to be a logical next step for Vallum Software and for our user base.”
The Vallum “Halo Manager”, which is available for download and evaluation from the Vallum Website, provides availability monitoring, performance graphing, and e-mail notifications for subnets of up to 256 devices. Although Vallum Halo can manage non-Windows platforms, it currently requires the GMI agent to be installed on a Windows platform to permit assessment of CPU, processes, network traffic, and other detailed metrics.
The GMI foundation currently offers Software Development Kits (SDKs), agents, and GMI applications for general use, freely distributed to interested parties.
According to C.B. Bannet, a principal developer for the GMI foundation, “We have a unified picture of how to manage all types of devices. We fully support the porting of the GMI agent to as many platforms as possible, and appreciate Vallum Software’s lead with this new project. We anticipate that this will be regarded as a historic step forward for the General Management Interface, and a new demonstration of GMI’s unique power to simplify performance and end-point management of all types of devices.”
To access the Vallum Halo Manager, refer to the Vallum Software LLC website: http://www.vallumsoftware.com. Parties interested in beta-testing this new software or participating in project plans should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Vallum Software
Vallum Software, LLC is a software manufacturer of IT end-point management solutions that delivers extensive functionality at a lower cost and complexity than competing solutions. Vallum’s solutions, including the Vallum Halo Manager, are built upon the compact and efficient General Management Interface (GMI) specification by the GMI Foundation. The specification provides a flexible framework towards the creation of specialized GMI applications for a wide variety of purposes. The applications can be easily created, allowing additional functionality to be added to Vallum’s solutions, providing end-users with the ability to customize the solution to their specific needs by easily adding GMI applications. For more information on Vallum Software, please visit http://vallumsoftware.com
About the GMI Foundation
The GMI Foundation is a consortium of open-source software developers dedicated to lowering the cost of technology solutions to the SMB marketplace. The General Management Interface (GMI) specification is a protocol and agent system that provide query and control functions of remote platforms. For more information on The GMI Foundation, please visit http://www.gmi-foundation.org.