AAM - Automated Availability Manager Linux Unix Microsoft Windows

The Heterogeneous Clustering Solution

Automated Availability Manager delivers automated high-availability management of enterprise applications such as ERP, database, email, and Web applications across heterogeneous platforms including Solaris Sparc, Solaris Intel, HP-UX, AIX, Linux, and Windows NT/2000. With AAM you can manage application and service-level availability within SAN deployments, as well as for NAS, NFS, shared disk, and replicated data deployments from one console.

AAM also includes specific modules and tool kits to handle your solution needs, adding more value and benefits for specific applications than what Automated Availability Manager does on its own.

Monitor. Remedy. Proceed.

Interested in reducing your Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of applications management?

Need to increase service levels and reliability of your critical applications and data?

Looking for ways to reduce the time that it takes to manually operate your data center and recovery activities, and reduce errors in the process?

Fortune 500 companies have found that by using AAM they have:

    Increased their knowledge and control of applications and data

    Dramatically reduced the number of business interruptions experienced by their users

    Saved time and reduced errors by automating important yet repetitive tasks

    Managed their complex application environments, which can span systems and locations, with more efficiency and ease

    Increased the productivity of their IT personnel freeing them up for other tasks

From branch offices to data centers, AAM automates availability of your applications and data. AAM does this by monitoring the health and performance of applications, by alerting you when resources begin to run out so that you can avoid failures, by re-provisioning and restarting services when failures occur, and by automating process control and data management.

The result of using AAM for your IT organization is to reduce the amount of manual work that administrators otherwise must perform to manage and provision applications, and to eliminate human error for repetitive tasks including restart, recovery, and maintenance activities.

The result of using AAM for your business is to reduce your costs while increasing business effectiveness because you reduce and avoid downtime.

AAM does all of this whether your data center and branch office environments span a large room, a campus, or are geographically dispersed with replicated sites. AAM supports key platforms, including Solaris, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Linux, HP-UX, and AIX. AAM's Java management console allows you to easily manage all your servers and data, local and remote, through a single interface accessible from anywhere in your enterprise.

AAM provides specialized Modules and solution bundles, for applications-specific deployments. For more information, select from the links below and on the left.

Features & Benefits

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    High Availability

  • Availability tracking in case of failures
  • 24/7 Operation

  • Non-intrusive system maintenance
  • Open, Flexible Architecture

  • APIs for custom deployment
  • C-callable API creates custom sensors for fine-tuned applications monitoring
  • Intelligent Operation

  • Tools for measuring and enforcing formal Service Level Agreements
  • Monitors individual applications and interdependent computing resources
  • Broad Support

  • Heterogeneous UNIX and Windows Clusters
  • Solaris, HP-UX, AIX, Windows 2000, Windows NT and Linux servers
  • Shared Disk, NAS, NFS, NT Share, and replicated data
  • Advanced Functionality

  • N-way, cascading switch-over
  • Switch-over each application independently among multiple servers
  • Extensible Perl scripting for custom deployments

Other Benefits and Key points


    Keeps applications running through failures of servers, applications data and networks. Restarts those resources so that business users can get reconnected and continue to be productive.

    Avoids failures by monitoring conditions that predict failures and notifying system administrators that corrective actions need to be taken. Why not avoid failure instead of waiting for it to happen?

    Optimizes computing resources by enabling production services to be hosted in secondary location while systems maintenance occurs. Business operations and maintenance can occur during normal work hours.

Key points

    Support for WAN as well as LAN distances between servers, with AAM for WANs solutions bundles offered for EMC SRDF and RepliStor.

    Support for large-scale environments with unlimited servers.

    Support for heterogeneous server platforms, which are Sun Solaris Sparc, Sun Solaris Intel, Linux 2.2 (Caldera, Red Hat, and SUSE).

    Support for heterogeneous data storage, including NAS, SAN, NFS, Wan Replication, LAN Mirroring, and Shared Disk architectures.

    Modules for highest possible availability for Oracle, Informix, Sybase, IIS, Checkpoint Firewall-1, NAI Gauntlet, Encina, Tivoli, and Web. Qualified Resource Groups available for Exchange, SQL Server, and File & Print Services on Windows NT/2000. All other applications supported with basic HA.

    NetWorker 6.x embeds support for Automated Availability Manager on Solaris and Windows NT.

    Solutions offered for wide area disaster recovery (AAM for WANs), and firewall server protection (AAM for Firewalls).


AAM (Automated Availability Manager) solutions deliver high availability and automated management of enterprise applications such as ERP, database, email, and Web applications. AAM provides unique support of all of your heterogeneous platforms; including Solaris Sparc, Solaris Intel, HP-UX, AIX, Linux, and Windows NT/2000, all centrally manageable from the same Management Console. Options for NetWare are also available.

  • Delivers high availability and automated management and recovery of enterprise applications such as ERP, database, email, and Web applications.
  • Provides support of heterogeneous platforms including Solaris, HP-UX, AIX, Linux, and Windows NT/2000 in a single environment, and capabilities for NetWare.
  • Application trend collection to assist with root-cause analysis and planning to avoid failures.

Modules Available for:

  • Data replication disk-to-disk on Windows for wide-area protection of data. (A low-cost solution for disaster data recovery, data migration and centralized backup of data.)
  • Integration with EMC SRDF disk-to-disk replication on Solaris, HP-UX and AIX platforms.
  • Mirroring extension option to add to Microsoft Cluster Service to eliminate single point of failure of data set.
  • Synchronizing commonly used Windows NT/2000 applications between a pair of clustered servers.
  • Moving resources between clustered servers with a drag-and-drop interface.
  • Utilizing a secondary machine as an automatic stand-in for primary server failures through mirroring data from the primary server to a standby machine.
  • Providing capture of live data, backup of open files or live databases in the Netware environment without shutting down.

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