Easing Network Management
New software from Alcatel SA and startup SmartPipes Inc. aims to make network management smoother.Alcatel SA and startup SmartPipes Inc. on Monday launched new network management software to help automate the setting of network policies for such applications as voice over IP and virtual private networks. Alcatel launched new applications and features within its OmniVista 2000 network management software, available this month. The Paris-based company is offering a tool called PolicyView with "One Touch QoS" that would allow network managers to set quality-of-service policies across multiple Alcatel switches at once, rather than individually, for such applications as VoIP. The company also is offering for its newest switches a Web-based management interface, called WebView.
SmartPipes is expanding its suite of policy-based management tools for VPNs with its Remote Policy Management software line, launched at Burton Groups Catalyst conference in San Francisco. Available now, the tools allow for the management of such remote desktop client software as VPNs and dialers so the software stays updated and conforms to business use policies, officials said.