One of the more interesting products to come out of Interop this week isn't aimed so much at networking itself, but overseeing network devices.
nSolutions introduced the NOVA (Network Ontology and Virtualization Appliance) device that automates the often tedious job of configuration management. The appliance boasts an auto-discover feature that scans the status of network devices, and then builds a real-time inventory of those resources so they can be optimized for both security reasons and to meet shifting loads.
This kind of centralized automation could prove crucial as the rise of virtual machines puts more pressure on the network. Visibility across the entire network infrastructure offers a more effective means of gauging shifting I/O demands than many of the end-point management solutions currently available.
The NOVA appliance is available in two configurations: a 50-to-100-device model and one of 2000 devices and up. Base price starts at about $20,000.