Tivoli Gives NetView a Refresh

LAS VEGAS (05/05/2000) - IBM Corp. plans to let IS staff write their own rules for network management.

To do this, next week at Networld+Interop 2000, company subsidiary Tivoli Systems Inc. is slated to announce Version 6.0 of NetView, its flagship network management software.

In this version, network managers can define a variety of network object classes called SmartSets. IS staff can then take these classes - for instance, a set of routers in a WAN - and write specific rules that apply to them alone, Tivoli says. One rule might be to ping a set of key e-business routers every minute, and ping another set of less-crucial routers every hour.

As more of these routers are added, they automatically are covered by the preset rules. A SmartSet can include all the devices or servers in a department, or it can include all devices handling a specific application. IS staff can use agents or SNMP and other protocols to feed data to the NetView console.

Also coming to NetView will be a Web-based management client completely written in Java. The Web console was formerly a browser written in Java and other languages, and could be accessed simultaneously by only dozens of users; the new Java client lets hundreds of users access the management server.

In addition, NetView can now indicate that a specific device has failed without also indicating that other devices downstream have crashed. Previously, an entire network topology map would register a crash without indicating what specific parts were congested, says Jim Carey, network management development director for Tivoli. NetView 6.0 is available now, starts at $6,200 and runs on Unix, Windows NT and 2000.

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