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Monday, October 20th

Big News For The Corporate World!
[11:25 AM] Computer Associates has announced support for Mac OS 8.5 under its Unicenter TNG enterprise management system. The system is designed to allow enterprise level companies to manage their computer networks in a unified fashion "as part of their heterogeneous computing environment." According to Computer Associates's press release:

"The new Mac OS 8.5 platform enables secure remote management of Macintosh systems via native non-Macintosh interfaces. Clients running Unicenter TNG on other platforms can monitor the same parameters on Mac OS 8.5 machines as they do on other systems - including CPU utilization, memory utilization, file and disk usage. Mac OS 8.5 users will benefit from Unicenter TNG's comprehensive management facilities which include complete control over desktops and servers, applications and databases, networks, Web servers, enterprise security, firewalls, and help desks."

The Mac Observer Spin: Computer Associates's press release reads like a fantasy for Mac Mangers and supporters in the corporate world. One of the long standing myths in the computer world is that supporting two (or more) platforms is more expensive than supporting one. What this often translates into is that IT people get upset when Mac systems need very little support in the first place. That aside, support for OS 8.5 from Computer Associates will make it MUCH easier to justify using Macs in a corporate setting. The company's statements refers to the power, ease-of-use, fast-networking (something never ascribed to a Mac until OS 8.5), and even the Sherlock technology inside Mac OS 8.5.

Once again referring to CAI's press release:

"Technology-aggressive companies want to be able to deploy the most appropriate computing platform for a given purpose without creating isolated islands of functionality within the enterprise," said Ken Farber, CA senior vice president of strategic business alliances. "By providing management for Macintosh systems under Unicenter TNG, CA is ensuring that our mutual customers can gain the benefits the Macintosh platform has to offer without sacrificing integrated management of the end-to-end enterprise environment."

Computer Associates is a giant in the enterprise world. They first showed serious interest in the Mac world when they announced support for Rhapsody based products shortly after Rhapsody's announcement. It is our opinion that support from Enterprise level mega-companies like Computer Associates is paramount for Apple to make headway back into the corporate world.

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