Network Management Product Review

Definition of Network Management

Network management refers to the broad subject of managing computer networks. There exists a wide variety of software and hardware products that help network system administrators manage a network. Network management covers a wide area, including:
-Security, Ensuring that the network is protected from unauthorized users.
-Performance: Eliminating bottlenecks in the network.
-Reliability: Making sure the network is available to users and responding to hardware and software malfunctions.

Vendors offering network management solutions
- Hewlett Packard, (Open View),
-IBM, (Tivoli)
- Computer Associates, (Unicenter)
These three vendors offer a support solution for Large enterprise businesses that have this requirement. These products offer end-user emulation of major business-critical applications as well as a single integrated view of the complete Internet infrastructure. It helps IT staff efficiently predict, isolate, diagnose and troubleshoot problem occurrences, anticipate capacity shortfalls, and manage and report upon service level agreements.

Key features and benefits to the business
- Monitors complex business transactions
- Provides broad support for standard protocols
- Enables you to manage against service level agreements
- Offers a highly scalable and flexible architecture.
- Can incrementally reduce overall costs to service desks.
- Is easy to install and configure.
A wide range of critical enterprise business applications such as SAP, PeopleSoft, Siebel, Citrix and many custom applications, have become interwoven with network management applications.

Detailed on compared products
http://www.openview.hp.com/products/ovis/ds/ovis_ds.pdf
http://www-01.ibm.com/software/tivoli/
http://www.ca.com/us/system-management.aspx

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