Lucent's Avaya Unit Boosts Switching Management

FRAMINGHAM (07/28/2000) - Lucent Technologies Inc.'s pending enterprise spinoff is beefing up the management suite for its Cajun line of LAN switches.

Avaya Communication Inc. this week unveiled CajunView Version 3 as a stand-alone suite or as an overlay on Hewlett-Packard Co. OpenView Network Node Manager. The package features new applications that enable network managers to quickly configure a series of workgroup switches, support ATM uplink modules and manage quality of service (Qos).

For example, CajunView 3 includes an application called VLANMaster, which enables administrators to establish virtual LANs across a series of Ethernet switches using a graphical user interface. "You can drag and drop [numerous] ports to a VLAN, or VLANs to a port," Senior Product Manager Gail Ferreira says.

CajunView 3 also includes ConfigMaster, a wizard that enables users to simultaneously set up a group of switches with large port counts rather than one port at a time. Such capabilities are becoming common among Ethernet switch vendors, IDC analyst Paul Bugala says.

As in previous versions, CajunView 3 employs technology spearheaded by Lucent called Switch Monitoring, or SMON, as an alternative to Remote Monitoring, or RMON. SMON reduces the need for external hardware probes because of the ability of the software to see through switched networks down to the port level.

In the new version, CajunView's SMONMaster application enhances users' QoS monitoring capabilities for those who have purchased Layer 3 support on Avaya products such as Cajun P550 and P880 campus switches and P330R stackable workgroup switch.

Now accepted by the Internet Engineering Task Force as IETF RFC 2613, SMON is gaining a look by other switch vendors though is not yet widely deployed outside of Avaya, Bugala says.

The ability for users to purchase CajunView 3 on a stand-alone basis should help smaller enterprises using Avaya gear avoid the "substantial cost and deployment headaches" of HP OpenView platforms. On the other hand, Avaya officials tout the HP OpenView support as ideal for users seeking to integrate Cajun campus products into multivendor environments - as Lucent officials traditionally conceded often happens, given the company's back-in-the-pack standing in LAN switching.

CajunView 3 is available now at prices ranging from as low as $2,450 for the stand-alone mode and $27,950 running on Sun Microsystems Inc. Solaris with HP OpenView Network Node Manager.

Avaya is set to debut as a separate company on Oct. 1. The company's Web site, though up at www.avaya.com, is still largely in development. For detailed product information it currently refers users back to www.lucent.com/enterprise.

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