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Tools for Object-Based Integrated Administrative Systems

Objective

System complexity is growing and hence LAN and WAN connections are being used more intensively: this increased complexity needs support. The TOBIAS project aimed to develop a common methodology based on an object-oriented model and to define and implement a workbench to support system and management activities.
System complexity is growing and hence local area network (LAN) and wide area network (WAN) connections are being used more intensively: this increased complexity needs support. The tools for object based integrated administrative systems (TOBIAS) project aimed to develop a common methodology based on an object oriented model and to define and implement a workbench to support system and management activities.
The workbench is a set of integrated and portable tools aimed at helping and simplifying the administration of a large number of heterogeneous machines and networks. The use of an object oriented approach allows a uniform description, in abstract terms, of facilities, equipment, operations and human machine interactions without specifying organizational solution or connectivity details. TOBIAS is implemented on top of the Unix and portable common tool environment (PCTE) systems, but is not dependent on these environments and is open to integration with existing commerical products. Considerable efficiency improvements are achieved by using TOBIAS system administrators to deal with complex distributed systems and the overall dependabiltity of system management processes is enhanced. The system management domain represents a significant market, as yet completely unexplored. New and advanced technologies (eg the object-oriented approach, graphics facilities) are used to increase the capacity of system managers to manage and control the hardware and software components of hundreds of interconnected computers.

The results of the work will also lead to:
better use of available computing resources;
reductions in system administration time and management costs, leading to increased competitiveness;
reductions in the skill and experience required of the system manager, due to the use of a uniform, platform independent user interface.
The TOBIAS workbench is a set of integrated and portable tools aimed at helping and simplifying the administration of a large number of heterogeneous machines and networks. The use of an object-oriented approach allows a uniform description, in abstract terms, of facilities, equipment, operations and human-machine interactions without specifying organisational solution or connectivity details. In addition, although international standards are still evolving in this field, their emerging definitions are being used as guidelines in the development of the TOBIAS model.

TOBIAS is implemented on top of the Unix and PCTE systems, but is not dependent on these environments and is open to integration with existing commercial products. It is envisaged that considerable efficiency improvements will be achieved by using TOBIAS system administrators to deal with complex distributed systems, and that TOBIAS will also enhance the overall dependability of system management processes. The system management domain represents a significant market, as yet completely unexplored. In TOBIAS, new and advanced technologies (eg the objected-oriented approach, graphics facilities, etc) are used to increase the capacity of system managers to manage and control the hardware and software components of hundreds of interconnected computers.

The results of the work lead also to:

- better use of available computing resources
- reductions in system administration time and management costs, leading to increased competitiveness
- reductions in the skill and experience required of the system manager, due to the use of a uniform, platform-independent user interface.

Coordinator

RIGEL ENGINEERING SA
Address
Avenue Rogier, 385
1030 Bruxelles
Belgium

Participants (4)

GIE-EMERAUDE
France
Address
38 Boulevard Henri Sellier
92154 Suresnes
Intrasoft
Greece
Address
Adrianiou Street 2
11525 Athenes
PLANET SA
Greece
Address
Louise Riencourt St. 64
11523 Athenes
UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
United Kingdom
Address

NE1 7RU Newcastle Upon Tyne