Thursday, August 03, 2006

What products would you use for network management?

And in network management I mean true network elements (not servers). Besides the pure Cisco shops that run CiscoWorks (because they HAVE to) I have typically seen Kiwi Cattools (I use it myself - great product) and Solarwinds. I know there are other options out there like Adventnet.com's DeviceExpert but I honestly have not run into a lot of folks who have run anything else except CiscoWorks, Cattools and Solarwinds. It sounds funny but I think there is a ceiling when it comes to what folks are willing to use.
I mean honestly, how many tftp servers do you use or are willing to try? If you have Solarwinds you are using that one, otherwise it is Pumpkin or the really old free Cisco one (which has serious limitations - what are you thinking?). Granted there is WinAgent and tftpd32 out there but I would make a guess that most folks are using Pumpkin or Solarwinds.
It is just interesting how that works...
- Ed

3 comments:

Bala said...

Hi Ed,

This is Bala from DeviceExpert Team (Network Change and Configuration Management Solution).

Happened to read your blog on 'what products would you use for network management'. Thanks for mentioning DeviceExpert in that.

Btw, did you get a chance to run free trial version available for download in our site? If so, would be glad to hear your comments on our product. We have recently released our latest version 4.2, incorporating several new features.

Regards,
Bala

Ed said...

I haven't had a chance to do that yet. I will add it to my growing list of items I need to do! I have seen DeviceExpert used in a few shops and folks seem pretty happy with it. I think I will see if I can get you folks in to talk to the user groups about your product - easiest way to learn about the stuff quickly.
- Ed

Bala said...

Hi Ed,

Thanks for your response. It would be great if you could inform us about DeviceExpert user groups.

As you may be aware, we already have the official product forum of DeviceExpert in our website - http://forums.adventnet.com/viewforum.php?f=84

This is quite vibrant with the discussion by DeviceExpert users.

Regards,
Bala