Web-Based Network Inventory Tool Set for Unveiling

FRAMINGHAM (05/03/2000) - NetCracker Technology Corp. will unveil what company officials claim is the first Web-based network inventory system at the NetWorld+Interop 2000 show in Las Vegas next week.

Called NetCracker for the Web, the suite of network analysis and planning tools will be available as server software and as a hosted service. Later this month, company officials will announce two initial customers: a Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC) that purchased the server version of the product, and a major financial institution that is using the hosted service.

"This announcement is huge for us," says Andrew Feinberg, president of NetCracker. "We believe that our market is migrating to the Web...Our hope is to articulate the advantages of the Web product and move our customers over to it."

NetCracker's current offering - NetCracker for Windows - has attracted thousands of enterprise customers including General Dynamics, IBM, Motorola and several U.S. military services. NetCracker spent the last year developing a Web-based version of this software, which can be used collaboratively over the Internet and accessed via a browser.

NetCracker's Web and Windows packages provide tools that help network managers identify network resources, map networks, configure network devices and conduct capacity planning. Both products feature a database of 30,000 network devices, which can be customized to the user's environment.

NetCracker for the Web is shipping now, and a one-year license starts at $150,000.

NetCracker rival Visionael already offers a version of its network management software that can be accessed via a Web browser instead of an expensive computer-aided design workstation. But Visionael doesn't offer a hosted service yet.

NetCracker Technology of Waltham, Mass. has been providing network professionals with network design and performance analysis since 1993.

NetCracker's can be found at www.netcracker.com.

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