The new LineSider automated policy management module promises to reduce operational overhead for configuration management.
3Com continued its Open Services Networking drive to integrate best-of-breed functionality
into its Multi Service Router line on March 10 with new policy-based
3Com added automated configuration management provider LineSider
Technologies to its growing list of companies that provide integrated services
on top of its MSR routers.
To date, 3Com has partnered with Asterisk for VOIP (voice over IP) services,
Expand Networks for WAN optimization services and VBrick for video content management
optimization services that are integrated through its OSN platform.
LineSider's OverDrive suite is designed to help enterprises more efficiently
configure IP-based services across networks. It includes a rules-based policy
server that manages the deployment of network services through business
policies, and a new client that runs on the MSRs to implement configuration
changes required by those policies.
"We start with a business policy-for example, how financial users
access a financial system in an enterprise network. Our server-based
system generates configurations and directives that go into switches and
routers," said Harley Stowell,
company. "Based on the policy, we automate the configuration of the
infrastructure service in response to those directives."
Stowell said OverDrive is unique in its ability to start with a single
request-the policy itself-which "defines the relationship between network
users in an enterprise, application resources and available infrastructure
By integrating OverDrive with 3Com's OSN, LineSider eliminated the
requirement for dedicated appliances at the customer site, which reduces power
and space consumption.
As customers add more intelligent services to their networks, they want to
understand how to control those services. With OverDrive on 3Com's MSRs,
customers can "start to dynamically control firewalls, VPNs, ACLs and so
on," said Peter Doggart, senior director of
products at 3Com in Marlboro, Mass.
LineSider had also considered integrating OverDrive with Juniper Networks'
JUNOS operating system but found 3Com to be a better fit. "Juniper is by
no means as open and market-ready as 3Com is now. They're leading the market
segment in terms of an open architecture," said Stowell.
Separate versions of OverDrive on OSN are available for enterprises and