Hewlett Packard (HP) has boosted its Openview network management product by acquiring a technology that enables it to monitor ATM and frame relay traffic.
The function is provided by RiverSoft's Network Management Operating System (Nmos) software for which HP has acquired a source code license. HP has also purchased an equity stake in the company but no financial terms were disclosed.
Riversoft provides products that can pinpoint the root cause of a network problem instead of reporting all the other issues that occurred as a result of that failure. Riversoft can also automatically update networks when something is added or changed, unlike existing network management systems which require manual reconfiguration by administrators in such circumstances.
Cristina Mahon, vice president of Openview research and development at HP, said: "In the past we have provided discovery for layer two information but only for Cisco routers. Now we can look at heterogeneous platforms."
The two companies have also developed a so-called clearing house for active object classes to enable third party developers of layer two devices to work directly with Openview.
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