Spectrum managers utilise web

Spectrum, Cabletron Systems's network management software platform, will be accessible from a Web browser with the release of Metrix Web Console for Spectrum.

This technology boost comes courtesy of a key development partner, Metrix Systems, which is extending Spectrum management capabilities to Web browsers. Metrix makes WinWatch, a Windows NT and Windows desktop platform management module that integrates tightly into the Spectrum framework. Until now, WinWatch functionality could only be accessed via Spectrograph, the Spectrum client software. Web Console is software to enable management via a Java-based Web browser.

Management functions accessible via Web Console include desktop and server inspection for troubleshooting, license management, asset tracking, software distribution, configuration tasks such as registry editing, and software task scheduling.

"Web Console is really a view into WinWatch, and I get a truckload of benefit from WinWatch," said Dan Speers, a senior network engineer at Jefferies & Co, a financial services company in New Jersey.

"I have a need where I have a lot of people who want to use Spectrograph, but it's pricey. Now they can all use Spectrum through the Web Console for almost nothing," Speers added.

Another major benefit, according to Speers, is the flexibility that Web Console provides to the members of his staff, the so-called "sneaker net."

"Whenever my technicians are out on the trading floor and they need to see inside a user's machine, they can do it without coming back to the server console," Speers said.

The Metrix Web Console for Spectrum is available immediately.

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