CrossNodes Product Briefing: Networking Management Software - Page 2

To confuse matters in network management, a new bit of marketing nomenclature has hit -- eBusiness Infrastructure Management. We examine the differences (if any) between infrastructure, network, and system management software.

 By Dayna Delmonico
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System Management software, on the other hand, is now to centralize the management of computer systems in the enterprise. Depending on the way IT is set up in an organization that may include network management or come under network management.

System management suites offer modules that cover network management and some or all of the following:

  • Capacity planning
  • Configuration management
  • Performance management
  • Security management
  • Software management (including distribution and version control)
  • Multi-platform management


Historically, systems management would include systems software but NOT applications. Blurring lines even farther, some vendors now have application, service, storage and web management offerings under their traditional systems management product lines.

User growth was usually the catalyst for a centralized systems management solution. As users began to number in the hundreds or more, a systems management solution allowed corporations to maximize their IT dollar more efficiently. Where larger organizations use to be the target for these solutions, the web has brought the need systems management solutions into much smaller organizations.

Just before we posted this briefing, Computer Associates (CA) announced it's plans to break apart Unicenter TNG, one of the Grand Daddies of all network and systems management solutions, into individually priced modules. Why? CA wants to attract smaller business to the product. With the enterprise systems management software market expected to grow from $13 billion this year to $25 billion by 2005, CA targeted new install base is good timing.

Either way, these software products allow network and / or systems managers to conduct critical management business without leaving their desk. It also allows them to maximize staffing assets. For now that may be the real beauty of these suites, according to one study, every time a systems technician appears at a desk it costs the company, on average, $300.00.

We've provided a short list in this Product Briefing of what's currently available on the market. Included are solutions geared to smaller networks through products capable of managing multi-location, multi-site Enterprises and most of the management tasks that go with them.

This article was originally published on Jul 30, 2001
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