Lay a Foundation for Unified Network Management
eNews and Views Network managers should sell companies on value of a managed environment.Since the official death earlier this year of network management frameworks including Computer Associates International Inc.s Unicenter TNG, fragmentation is the name of the network monitoring game. IT managers should still push for a framework, despite the dismal failure of these products the first time around. The reasons why are increased productivity and reduced network management costs. The means are much less clear.
Novell Inc.s NetWare 6, as we saw in eWEEK Labs tests, has the building blocks from which custom-tailored yet centrally managed applications can be built. Using NDS along with NetWare file and security services, these new applications could be incorporated into a managed environment. This could significantly reduce costs, but only if IT managers win over line-of-business executives to factor in IT needs such as integrated security and technologies when measuring application performance.