3Com is targeting larger enterprises with its launch of a new network management application, Network Director.
The voice and data networking vendor will sell the software exclusively through its channel, while a 60-day evaluation copy is currently available for download from its website.
The release is part of 3Com's strategy to build a portfolio of network management products and re-establish its reputation in the enterprise space.
Simon Bates, 3Com marketing director, said: "Three years ago we withdrew a couple of product lines which effectively took us out of the core large-enterprise business."
Richard Quine, 3Com network management product line manager, said Network Director gives the company a position in "slightly different" markets.
"Our existing product, Network Supervisor, is aimed at any network up to 1,500 nodes, which is good for monitoring. But in terms of configuration and exchange control, Network Director is an enterprise-class network product," he said.
Aimed at mid-to-large-sized organisations with sophisticated distributed networks of up to 5,000 nodes, the software can configure a virtual local area network in a couple of hours - something that would normally take several days of writing down configuration scripts, said Quine.
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