Enterasys software eases device-level management

Enterasys Networks on Tuesday unveiled at ComNet 2002 a network management software suite aimed at filling the gap between large-scale network management platforms and simpler device-level tools offered by network hardware vendors.

Called NetSight Atlas, the software suite could help cut down on the number of hours network administrators spend configuring LAN and WAN hardware, while integrating end user security with policy-based networking, Enterasys said.

NetSight Atlas can configure multiple Enterays switches, routers or other network devices on a LAN simultaneously using template-based configurations or customized settings. Enterasys says the software differs from competitive device-level configuration tools because it allows users to batch-configure hardware, rather than having to go through equipment device by device via either Telnet sessions or a limited management graphical user interface.

The software can organize network hardware into a Windows Explorer-style hierarchy of devices based on connections, and can generate network topology maps. NetSight Atlas can also be used to take a snapshot of a network, allowing administrators to see a complete picture of the network that can be used as a reference to quickly pinpoint changes when troubleshooting LAN equipment.

NetSight Atlas Suite consists of three modules: NetSight Access Control List (ACL), NetSight Atlas Inventory Manager and NetSight Policy Manager.

The NetSight ACL Manager is used to set ACL policies for end-user network access rights and to test those policies out before deploying them to workgroups or business departments.

The NetSight Atlas Inventory Manager module is designed to help IT professionals keep better tabs on the hardware running on the LAN, as well as the software and even device firmware installed.

Enterasys has also rolled its NetSight Policy Manager into the Atlas product suite as another module. It lets users configure policy-based switching, network access rights, bandwidth allocation and quality-of-service settings based on business rules and specific applications, such as IP voice or video. The Policy Manager was released last year.

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