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 software, for which HP has acquired a source code licence. HP has also purchased an equity stake in the company, but no detailed financial terms have yet been disclosed.
RiverSoft provides products that can pinpoint the root cause of a network problem instead of reporting all the other issues which occurred as a result of that failure. The company claims its products help users to save time.
The software can also automatically update networks when something is added or changed, unlike other existing network management systems which often require manual reconfiguration by administrators.
HP's OpenView solutions have already been put to work in more than 120,000 multi-vendor distributed computing environments worldwide. Together with offerings from more than 200 partners, HP claims its OpenView solutions offer a complete portfolio of services and management solutions on all major platforms.
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 with this latest technology 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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