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Tangent to unveil Linux management tools at LinuxWorld

By   |  May 13, 2005

Tangent Systems has announced it will be debuting its new graphical
management solutions for Linux servers called Meridian at the upcoming LinuxWorld conference. The conference runs from 17 to 20 May at the Sandton Convention Centre.

The company says the use of Meridian can dramatically reduce the amount of time taken to administer Linux server infrastructure and the level of knowledge required by administrators.

\”This means that managing directors, general managers and employees not generally in possession of high-level technical skills can successfully act as administrators for their organisations,\” says Paul Brown,
managing director of Tangent Systems.

\”Meridian is designed to work with any distribution of Linux,\” Brown continues. \”While it offers a graphical front end to a Linux server (which in itself is nothing new), the main differentiator to using Meridian over other solutions in the market is its ability to deliver comprehensive reporting on all services running on the organisation\’s Linux server.

\”It also allows for automated updates and patches for all tools and underlying software (including the Linux kernel), meaning that an organisation\’s Linux server is kept up to date with the latest advancements in the market,\” he says.

\”The traditional way of handling patches and updates requires downloading of the relevant packages, checking that all dependencies are met and installing packages, disabling and re-enabling services as needed. With Meridian, this entire process takes place at the click of a button,\” says Brown.

There are also benefits for developers as well. \”By compiling their applications for Meridian, software developers can expand their potential market reach by making the application available to Meridian customers. Once the application is compiled for Meridian and populated into the list of available modules, customers can elect to install that application at the click of a button.

\”Updates are also easier to conduct for those applications, since the Meridian system will handle all of the relevant tasks,\” Brown says.

In terms of the product\’s characteristics, Brown says that while Meridian is based on open source software, components have not yet been made available in the open source community. \”We will be releasing an
open source Meridian component by the end of the year. As it stands today, Meridian is a proprietary layer built on top of the underlying standard Linux services, which are open source.\”

Being proprietary then, Brown says the software is sold on a once-off basis, linked to the number of modules the organisation will be running with Meridian and the number of users the system will be serving. \’Customers are furthermore also encouraged to subscribe to our update service, which ensures that the latest versions of the modules are always present on the system and that all of the underlying components (like the services and Linux kernel) are kept up to date with patches and security updates.\”

A 10-user network, using Meridian for e-mail, firewalling, anti-spam scanning, anti-virus protection and
proxy/caching would cost in the region of R5000. \”The subscription services on that configuration would cost a customer in the region of R1500 per year, which includes telephonic support, says Brown.


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