Sunday, November 26, 2006

Network Configuration Management

The other areas we are looking at around the network tools are the Opnet suite for engineering (which is a serious investment for a tool), and the configuration management areas.

We have gotten several demos, and sent our 4 RFPs. Out of the 4 we sent out, we got 3 back. We are trying to get it down to 2 vendors for a POC. This is slightly different than the server side, because I have a much larger team to work with on the POC and the work needed to get it down to a great tool for us. Here is the criteria extracted from the RFP, there will be more on this as we move forward narrowing down the field of 3 (HP OVNCM, Opsware NAS, Alterpoint DeviceAuthority:


Sub Facts

Company Viability and History

Customers of specific product

Revenue Growth FY 05-06

Total Revenue FY 05

Install Base

Financial Customers

Largest Install






Native Eclipse, Visual Studio, or other native IDE






Extensibility and Robustness


Web Services API

NET Java Perl API




Active Directory, TACACS, RADIUS

Granular permissioning

Device Support

Nortel, Cisco, F5, Checkpoint

telnet, ssh, rlogin, snmp, oob

Auto discovery of devices

De-Duplication of devices

Dynamic grouping

Configuration and Usage

Ease of Installation

Reporting (PDF, XML, HTML, DOC, CSV)

Report Delivery

Modeling and Visio support

Support for Perl, Expect, and Shell

Syntax checking

No java or plugin client

Upgrade IOS with verification of hardware support

Change Tracking

Comparison Live to Snap

Change notification to run collection (syslog, snmp)

Generate SNMP traps for changes

Enforcement of peer review before implementation

Complaince templates (SOX, GLBA, etc) with weighted application

Keystroke logging

Tracking of CPU, Memory, Users per device

Asset Management

Contract management

Integration with Cisco Contract site

Cost and Community

Maintenance Fees

List Price

User group meetings

Online user groups

Free development licenses

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