-New software delivers unparalleled manageability and functionality to end users-
SUNNYVALE, CA and ISLANDIA, N.Y.-FEBRUARY 8, 2000---Advanced
Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) and Computer Associates International, Inc.
(CA) today announced CA's Unicenter TNG Desktop Edition, a comprehensive
solution for managing desktop computers.
Based on CA's leading desktop management expertise combined with AMD's
standards-based AlertIT technology, Unicenter TNG Desktop Edition
is the most technically advanced and comprehensive desktop management
solution being brought to the marketplace. It is designed to operate in
stand-alone Windows® environment and work seamlessly with Unicenter
TNG, CA's award-winning total enterprise management solution. Corporate
IT departments can effortlessly upgrade to full functionality of asset
management, software distribution, network management and other Unicenter
Unicenter TNG Desktop Edition includes complete virus protection, software
and hardware inventory, system configuration information, an extendable
knowledge database of solutions, and PC health monitoring for AMD-based
PCs. Both AMD and CA will offer this complete solution for free.
Unicenter TNG Desktop Edition was developed with the sole purpose of simplifying
how desktop computers communicate potential problems and conflicts to
end-users, whether implemented as a solution for growing businesses or
as a useful tool in the home. As a result, Unicenter TNG Desktop Edition
can help lower the total cost of ownership and improve the value and benefits
of PC investments.
Becoming successful in today's e-business environment also requires a
steadfast internal IT infrastructure. Unicenter TNG Desktop Edition is
the perfect stepping stone in this transition, helping companies maximize
system uptime and protection from malicious viruses on the individual
level, while delivering a clear and easy path to more comprehensive system
management solutions for the entire enterprise.
AMD and CA have created a solution with more intuitive problem-solving
capabilities and important features critical to ensure optimal system
health by including the following functionality:
- Simplified intuitive communication of PC problems.
- A powerful experience-based reasoning system included
with the product to facilitate intelligent troubleshooting. It contains
a library of known problem conditions, explanations and suggested
resolutions. Resellers, OEMs and support organizations can easily
augment this information to provide customized service to their customers.
- Valuable new functionality, such as complete antivirus
- Extensibility to the business workgroup and enterprise
"By providing much needed functionality and an easy-to-comprehend
user interface, Computer Associates and AMD have given PC users and IT
technicians a powerful and intuitive desktop utility," said Philip
Mendoza, client management software analyst at International Data Corporation.
"And by making it widely available at no cost, Unicenter TNG Desktop
Edition is clearly a leading product of choice for PC device health monitoring
"Unicenter TNG Desktop Edition provides a less complicated path for
standardization of management on corporate and business desktops,"
said Marc Sokol, CA senior vice president and general manager, global
marketing. "Unicenter TNG Desktop Edition fits seamlessly into business-computing
environments, providing functionality to the workgroup, network and major
enterprise systems through integration with other CA management solutions,
It's exciting to be working with AMD, which understands the value this
type of management brings to the end user and the industry."
"As we move our award-winning AMD Athlon processor into the
commercial environment, we know that desktop management is a key component
of our enterprise strategy," said Rob Herb, AMD senior vice president
and chief marketing executive. "Working with Computer Associates,
a well-established strategic partner and recognized leader in enterprise
management, helps us ensure that AMD-based platforms are the best managed
in the industry."
Unicenter TNG Desktop Edition uses AMD's AlertIT technology, which leverages
standard PC components to provide monitoring and alerting of system configuration,
component status, operating parameters, error conditions and other critical
events and information. The AlertIT software allows configuration for
operations such as enabling or disabling alerts for specific system management
events, and setting tolerances for monitoring critical system parameters
such as temperatures, voltages and fan speeds.
The enabling components of AlertIT will be provided as part of Unicenter
TNG Desktop Edition when installed on manageable AMD Athlon and AMD-K6®
family-based PCs. AlertIT technology, which was developed by AMD, is the
latest addition to AMD's Managed Performance Portfolio of hardware, software
and firmware solutions that improve network and system performance and
The effort involved in Unicenter TNG Desktop Edition demonstrates a strengthened
partnership between Computer Associates and AMD. CA and AMD plan to continue
working closely in the future to enable value-added business computing
solutions. Both companies have enjoyed a strong relationship for a number
of years, working together on initiatives addressing network management
and total cost of ownership.
Unicenter TNG Desktop Edition is planned for availability
by March 1 at no cost from AMD's and CA's Web sites, AMD and CA account
representatives, and as a preinstalled option on selected vendors' AMD
processor-based business PCs.
To read what AMD's PC partners are saying about Unicenter
TNG Desktop Edition, please
Computer Associates International, Inc. (NYSE: CA), the world leader
in mission-critical business computing, provides software, support and
integration services in more than 100 countries around the world. CA
has more than 17,500 employees and had revenue of $5.3 billion in fiscal