IBM has unveiled plans to offer technology aimed at simplifying the process of managing system policies in enterprise computing.
At the heart of the technology is what IBM calls its common policy engine (CPE) that will be built into IBM's networking hardware, including the 2210 Nways Multiprotocol Router and the 2212 Access Utility.
IBM said CPE eliminates the need for costly external policy servers and can perform network traffic classification up to 25 times faster than current systems.
To support its initiative, IBM has added new capabilities to its Nways Manager software, including a policy test feature and integration with Tivoli Enterprise to offer a single point of management for network and system devices.
The company also clarified its new policy management architecture that it calls application-driven networking (ADN). Its main aims are to reduce network traffic and strengthen security by administering system policies at the application management level.
Rocco Segreti, IBM's vice president of network sales, told PC Week: "The most important thing about ADN is that it is a genuine IBM team effort.
Although the network is a vital set of resources to be managed, it is clear that network managers also need the same level of control over other resources in their systems."
David Hall, an analyst at DataMonitor, told PC Week: "This seems like a sensible way to go about things. We're seeing people finally looking for the real business purpose of IT rather than going about things by simply amassing great amounts of IT power without having any specific purpose in mind.
"It's the next logical step in networking for businesses. We've already worked out how do it, and now we're looking at ways to do it better," he said.
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