March 25, 2005 - (HOSTSEARCH.COM) - Opsware and Micromuse, today announced that the Opsware Network Automation System has been certified as a Netcool Ready solution. The integration with Micromuse's Netcool ultra-scalable, business and service assurance software enables companies to significantly improve performance and response time as well as reduce IT costs and complexity.
Micromuse's Netcool solutions for consolidated operations and end-to-end management of IT infrastructure provide users with real-time views of networks, and systems and applications. Netcool solutions also provide service and transaction metrics that allow users to assess the reliability and availability of business services. The Opsware Network Automation System automatically makes and tracks changes throughout the infrastructure in real-time across routers, switches, firewalls, and load balancers to provide greater efficiency, accountability, and insight into network changes.
The integration between the two solutions allows Network Automation System to send notifications regarding device configuration change, device diagnostic, configuration policy violation, and user authentication error notifications directly to the Netcool database. This information is then correlated with other event data that has been collected by Netcool and presented in a business dashboard view to IT administrators who can then take the appropriate actions. Netcool's business dashboards enables users to easily visualize the status of the infrastructure and allows them to right click on an event to drill down into specific device information, ascertain policy and compliance issues, compare previous configurations, and view the most recent changes, to be able to rapidly and effectively adapt to changes in their environment.
"The ability to dynamically and rapidly adjust to change is a fundamental requirement for building a utility computing infrastructure," said Eric Johnson, vice president of development at Opsware Inc. "The strength of Micromuse's infrastructure management combined with Opsware's award winning network automation, helps customers build a fully automated, on-demand environment that dramatically reduces IT operational costs."
"Through our partnership with Opsware, we are delivering a powerful set of proven capabilities for customers who are beginning to execute against their utility computing initiatives," said Dr. Craig Farrell, CTO of Micromuse. "Both Micromuse and Opsware have an established base of customers who are achieving real cost savings today based on their ability to more accurately monitor performance and automate the management of network devices. When implemented together, the combined solution helps customers to realize the greatest value from their IT investments and to respond on-demand."