Networking startup Riversoft claims to have developed the first operating system that can automate the running of network management systems and eradicate the need for human intervention when things change.
The company's I3philosophy operating system (OS) automates the updating of corporate and service provider networks when something is added or changed, while existing network management systems require administrators to manually reconfigure them whenever something changes.
Mike Silvey, Riversoft's vice president of marketing, attested that the product brings functionality normally found in traditional OSs into the network management world.
"Current network management systems can only do Layer 3 monitoring. They can't monitor ATM, Frame Relay or Layer 2 switching - they are purely IP oriented. We treat each device as an object in the network," he said.
I3philosophy comprises an object store, a network search tool and a status surveillance mechanism to enable network management systems to monitor networks and automatically act upon changes such as the addition of new routers.
Riversoft is targeting the product at network management system suppliers and has so far signed up startup, Silverback, as an OEM. The offering will be able to monitor networked systems and applications in future.
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