Simplified Network Management

Arthur Cole

One of the main challenges of increased reliance on distributed network architectures is maintaining control through centralized management. The more widespread and varied the infrastructure, the harder it is to scale oversight systems without opening remote hubs that are closer to the action.


Some of the newest management software seeks to overcome this problem, with a secondary goal of dialing back some of the complexity that has plagued systems up to this point.


SolarWinds, for one, is offering the newest version of its Orion Network Performance Monitor (NPM) system in downloadable form. The company says the package can be up and running on the Orion Enterprise Operations Console (EOC) within an hour.


The new systems includes a number of key upgrades, including a Universal Device Poller, which collects operational statistics from NMP-enabled devices, and a new Web-based user interface designed for complete node administration from a single location.


Users can scale the system from a few hundred to multiple thousands of network interfaces and features a WAN optimization architecture that provides for large-scale monitoring without affecting WAN performance.


The system is priced less than $5,000 and includes free first-year maintence.

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