Product review: Bay management tools cover WANs

LAN vendor Bay Networks recently broadened its network management capabilities with add-ons for managing wide-area network equipment from parent company Nortel in Toronto and for collecting network data for bill-back purposes.

The first add-on, Open Management Systems 3.1 for Passport (OMS 3.1), lets network managers configure, monitor and manage WAN devices -- along with LAN equipment -- from one desktop.

The second add-on, Optivity Service Accounting 1.0 (OSA), helps them charge for network usage.

OMS 3.1 is the first major step toward enabling network managers to control Bay Networks' equipment such as switches and routers as well as Nortel's Passport line of WAN switching equipment.

One analyst predicted that OSA will be a big hit with information technology departments.

"The ability to charge back for use across the LAN and the WAN is definitely important because of drivers like electronic commerce," said Elizabeth Rainge, an analyst at International Data Corp. in Framingham, Massachusetts. "IT managers need to be able to account for network usage."

Bay Networks is "leading the pack" with the announcement and its aggressive approach to expanding network management beyond just managing boxes, said Chris Nicoll, an analyst at Current Analysis in Sterling, Virginia.

OMS 3.1 and OSA will ship next month for $US12,000 and $30,000, respectively.

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