Landmark TCP/IP Monitor Helps Motion Industries Provide Outage-Free Service to Branches

Apr 19, 2001, 01:00 ET from Landmark Systems Corporation

    RESTON, Va., April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Landmark Systems Corporation
 (Nasdaq:   LDMK) today announced the use of its TCP/IP monitor that operates in
 a mainframe environment has helped Motion Industries, Birmingham, Alabama,
 provide outage-free service to 500 locations over its frame relay network.
     Motion Industries is the world's largest distributor of bearings,
 mechanical power transmission, electrical power transmission, and fluid power
 transmission replacement parts, as well as hose products. Motion Industries
 has 500 locations across North America, including seven distribution centers,
 and serves industrial customers in the automotive, chemical, food, beverage,
 wood/lumber, iron, oil, pulp and paper, steel, and textile industries. The
 company, which has sales in excess of $2 billion, is a wholly owned subsidiary
 of Genuine Parts Company.
     Motion Industries business software runs on a centralized mainframe
 utilizing OS/390, CICS, and DB2. Their business application is provided over a
 frame relay network. This network has traditionally supported SNA traffic, but
 as Motion Industries began planning its rollout of TCP/IP applications, John
 Baird, Systems Programmer for Motion Industries, saw the need for a monitor to
 identify problems with the TCP/IP network and to assist in trouble shooting.
     "We run multiple TCP/IP stacks and were concerned about filling up virtual
 storage," said Baird. "TMON for TCP/IP from Landmark Systems Corporation helps
 us balance the workload between the different stacks to keep everything
 running trouble-free. Better yet, it provides an exception monitor that we can
 set to provide us with an alert whenever a problem occurs, making it possible
 to focus on other tasks by avoiding the need to watch the screen."
     "We looked at a number of different products," Baird said. "Most of the
 tools that we looked at were based on SMF records which meant that we would
 have had to wait until the system produced an audit record, then fetch that
 record and analyze it. Landmark TMON for TCP/IP was the only product that we
 examined that provided real-time monitoring and alerts."
     Landmark TMON for TCP/IP extends beyond the S/390 to provide detailed
 insight into all critical resources impacting TCP/IP network performance,
 including LAN TCP/IP stacks, routers, bridges, switches, hubs, etc. while also
 providing visibility into S/390 subsystems, applications, and resources.
     "TMON provides a great environment for troubleshooting," Baird continued.
 "We can drill down into a TCP/IP session to see the IP address and the
 application assigned to it. We expect that our traffic, which is typically
 between 350 and 400 telnet sessions, will soon expand into the thousands. TMON
 for TCP/IP provides us with everything that we will need to keep everything
 running smoothly by alerting me in the event of packet errors, FTP failures,
 timeouts, etc. It also saves time in tracking the source of the problem by
 automating the process of putting a trace on a route."
     Landmark TMON for TCP/IP is immediately available by contacting a local
 Landmark representative or Landmark's worldwide corporate headquarters at
 703-464-1300 or 800-488-1111, e-mail info@landmark.com or visit Landmark's Web
 site at http://www.landmark.com .
 
     Landmark Systems Corporation provides world-class software solutions and
 services that help organizations manage their critical information technology
 systems and solve real systems management problems. Landmark's complete,
 integrated solutions ensure that operating systems, applications, databases,
 middleware, and servers operate as efficiently and effectively as possible.
     Landmark Systems Corporation is a registered trademark and TMON and the
 Landmark logo are trademarks of Landmark and its subsidiaries in the United
 States or other countries or both.  Any other product and company names
 mentioned may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective
 holders.
 
 

SOURCE Landmark Systems Corporation
    RESTON, Va., April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Landmark Systems Corporation
 (Nasdaq:   LDMK) today announced the use of its TCP/IP monitor that operates in
 a mainframe environment has helped Motion Industries, Birmingham, Alabama,
 provide outage-free service to 500 locations over its frame relay network.
     Motion Industries is the world's largest distributor of bearings,
 mechanical power transmission, electrical power transmission, and fluid power
 transmission replacement parts, as well as hose products. Motion Industries
 has 500 locations across North America, including seven distribution centers,
 and serves industrial customers in the automotive, chemical, food, beverage,
 wood/lumber, iron, oil, pulp and paper, steel, and textile industries. The
 company, which has sales in excess of $2 billion, is a wholly owned subsidiary
 of Genuine Parts Company.
     Motion Industries business software runs on a centralized mainframe
 utilizing OS/390, CICS, and DB2. Their business application is provided over a
 frame relay network. This network has traditionally supported SNA traffic, but
 as Motion Industries began planning its rollout of TCP/IP applications, John
 Baird, Systems Programmer for Motion Industries, saw the need for a monitor to
 identify problems with the TCP/IP network and to assist in trouble shooting.
     "We run multiple TCP/IP stacks and were concerned about filling up virtual
 storage," said Baird. "TMON for TCP/IP from Landmark Systems Corporation helps
 us balance the workload between the different stacks to keep everything
 running trouble-free. Better yet, it provides an exception monitor that we can
 set to provide us with an alert whenever a problem occurs, making it possible
 to focus on other tasks by avoiding the need to watch the screen."
     "We looked at a number of different products," Baird said. "Most of the
 tools that we looked at were based on SMF records which meant that we would
 have had to wait until the system produced an audit record, then fetch that
 record and analyze it. Landmark TMON for TCP/IP was the only product that we
 examined that provided real-time monitoring and alerts."
     Landmark TMON for TCP/IP extends beyond the S/390 to provide detailed
 insight into all critical resources impacting TCP/IP network performance,
 including LAN TCP/IP stacks, routers, bridges, switches, hubs, etc. while also
 providing visibility into S/390 subsystems, applications, and resources.
     "TMON provides a great environment for troubleshooting," Baird continued.
 "We can drill down into a TCP/IP session to see the IP address and the
 application assigned to it. We expect that our traffic, which is typically
 between 350 and 400 telnet sessions, will soon expand into the thousands. TMON
 for TCP/IP provides us with everything that we will need to keep everything
 running smoothly by alerting me in the event of packet errors, FTP failures,
 timeouts, etc. It also saves time in tracking the source of the problem by
 automating the process of putting a trace on a route."
     Landmark TMON for TCP/IP is immediately available by contacting a local
 Landmark representative or Landmark's worldwide corporate headquarters at
 703-464-1300 or 800-488-1111, e-mail info@landmark.com or visit Landmark's Web
 site at http://www.landmark.com .
 
     Landmark Systems Corporation provides world-class software solutions and
 services that help organizations manage their critical information technology
 systems and solve real systems management problems. Landmark's complete,
 integrated solutions ensure that operating systems, applications, databases,
 middleware, and servers operate as efficiently and effectively as possible.
     Landmark Systems Corporation is a registered trademark and TMON and the
 Landmark logo are trademarks of Landmark and its subsidiaries in the United
 States or other countries or both.  Any other product and company names
 mentioned may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective
 holders.
 
 SOURCE  Landmark Systems Corporation