"Administrators reluctant to roll out Linux in the enterprise
because of manageability worries will have to find another excuse
once word gets out that Caldera Volution offers secure remote
management of heterogeneous Linux systems. Caldera Systems Caldera
Volution, an object-oriented management tool that leverages an
LDAP-compliant directory, extends directory schemata to include
Volution objects and builds relationships between those objects by
creating or changing links among them. This process affects the
status and configuration of the systems the objects represent."
"Volution, formerly code-named Cosmos, uses directory-enabled
client-server technology to manage Linux servers and workstations
via profiles and policies similar to those in Microsoft's Active
Directory and Novell's ZENworks. Like ZENworks, Volution can gather
hardware and software inventories and distribute software on remote
computers. Volution can also monitor system health and export
common printer configurations to printcap files on remote systems.
Volution promises to reduce total cost of Linux ownership via its
LDAP-compliant directory store; the Distributed Event Notification
System, or DENS; and OpenSLP (Open Service Location Protocol),
which can advertise services to clients."
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