Alterpoint Reins in Human Error
Alterpoint ramps up a suite that addresses human-based network errors.Alterpoint Inc. is ramping up network change and configuration management with the next generation of its DeviceAuthority Suite in an effort to combat the growing number of network failures being blamed on human error. At this weeks Hewlett-Packard Co. Software Forum in Montreal, Alterpoint, of Austin, Texas, will debut the new tools along with new certification of DeviceAuthority for use with HPs OpenView Network Node Manager. With some 60 percent of network failures attributed to human mistakes, more enterprises are recognizing the need to automate configuration management, although the market today is made up primarily of smaller players. Cisco Systems Inc. offers some tools for its own devices, but its CiscoWorks suite does not address other vendors devices, and it is not well-integrated, according to Neal Juern, IS engineer at Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson LLP in San Antonio. Juern, who evaluated CiscoWorks, is beta testing the latest DeviceAuthority release.
DeviceAuthority Suite 3.0, made up of the DeviceAuthority Server, Audit Module and Update Module, automates configuration management for devices from 25 vendors. It discovers devices in the network; gathers configuration data on the devices; and normalizes vendor-specific data in a data model that details hardware, software, configuration and component relationships.