Intelliden emerges to help configure nets

A startup has recently emerged from stealth mode with what it believes is an easier way to configure Cisco Systems and Juniper Networks routers.

Intelliden, founded in April 2000 by officials from WorldCom Inc., developed software that automates what heretofore has been the manual configuration of thousands of routers and LAN switches. The company has over 15 patents pending for its software.

The first two products in the Intelliden R-Series software suite are available now and include a Web-based user interface and a Sun Solaris server with an XML interface for connecting to operations support systems. A single Intelliden server supports up to 5,000 devices comprised of Cisco and Juniper routers, and Cisco Catalyst LAN switches.

The server is currently a centralized component. The next release of Intelliden software will include a distributed architecture to facilitate scalability, as well as mirrored operation in a redundant hot standby server, said President and CEO Dale Hecht.

The Web interface replaces the cryptic and highly manual command-line interface for these devices. Today, router and switch configuration requires highly skilled and handsomely compensated professionals to know thousands of unique commands, appropriate data for implementing those commands and different syntaxes for each vendor's device.

The Intelliden R-Series software replaces that with point-and-click graphical commands that provide a consistent template for device configuration. The software features a patent-pending workflow process that can determine the proper sequence of configuration tasks, define who can implement the task, what approvals must be given throughout the process, and establish a window of time during which the work should be performed, Intelliden claims.

Another patent-pending feature of the Intelliden software is an "ROI Calculator" that graphically displays cost savings by computing benchmarks with the data supplied by the user. ROI is usually around six months, Intelliden claims.

The company's software is currently being beta tested by WorldCom. Intelliden will compete with Gold Wire Technology in the automated router configuration market.

The company has secured over US$25 million raised through 2 rounds over past two years. Investors include Matrix Partners, 3i and mortonsgroup LLC.

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