Chip manufacturer AMD has revamped its network management software to add load balancing and failover capabilities.
The new features will be added through a partnership with Computer Associates, which will see AMD incorporate the Unicenter enterprise management software on AMD's management platform.
"The AlertIT software from Computer Associates will provide network managers with remote network management which our software previously lacked," said a company spokesman. "It provides remote monitoring and alerting of system configuration, component status, operating parameters, error conditions and other critical events and information."
AMD's Management Performance Portfolio (MMP) now includes software drivers for load balancing and link aggregation and automatic failover to a secondary link in the event of a primary link failure. Diagnostic utilities within the device drivers enable users to view status and check the functionality of network interface cards (NICs).
A hot swappable plug capability allows a faulty link to be replaced without disrupting the data flow. Support for port aggregation allows multiple links to be aggregated, increasing server bandwidth and improving throughput, the company claimed.
The AlertIT functionality works in conjunction with other MPP products such as Magic Packet technology for remote wake up and the new PCnet FAST III single-chip Fast Ethernet controller. This offers 10/100 Ethernet connectivity in either a Network Interface Card (NIC) or directly on the motherboard.
PXE (preboot execution environment) code enables the system to be remotely configured so that operating systems and other software can be remotely downloaded from a server, avoiding manual installation.
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