Entuity this week shipped, not a product, but a free guide to network management.
The company worked with eight industry analysts to deliver its philosophy for network management. The release of The Art of Network Management kickstarts Entuity's Proaction 2001 education initiative.
"It is important to create a framework to allow discussion on all the issues that are out there and need to be resolved," says Jeremy Tracey, Entuity president and co-founder. "We hope this type of information will raise the bar for net management companies just trying to push software out the door." Entuity currently addresses network performance management with its Eye of the Storm product, which recently upgraded to Version 2.
The company worked for about three months determining what issues are plaguing the IT industry, and the most pervasive problem Entuity found in its research didn't have all that much to do with technology.
"The biggest crisis the IT community is facing is a staff and skills shortage," Tracey says. "Companies are challenged with how they can deploy resources in a such a way to have existing staff work smarter." The trend toward proactive products is in response to this staffing crisis, the company says, and more and more consumers are seeking products that can anticipate problems before they occur and thereby prevent any degradation of service to end users.
Dennis Drogseth, director of Enterprise Management Associates, says the network management industry is undergoing fundamental change. "This transformation will be driven by improved intelligence systems in problem resolution, performance monitoring and service modeling. . . . The traditional approach of viewing the network as plumbing will finally give way to the recognition that the network is a delivery system that can shape, monitor and help to ensure the performance of critical business services."
The Art of Network Management is available for free while supplies last by visiting the company's Web site at http://www.entuity.com