Bay Networks Inc is shipping a suite of Remote Monitor design and analysis tools, which it claims provide the industry’s first support for enterprise-wide network layer monitoring. The Santa Clara firm said its Advanced Analyzer agents and Optivity Design & Analysis network management software are designed to enable customers to use layer 3 traffic matrices which is a key component of the emerging RMON2 standard that manages and control client-server enterprise networks. Optivity Design & Analysis consists of network design and optimisation applications called DesignMan and TrendMan. The former uses live traffic information gathered by embedded management agents to perform modelling and simulation activities, while the other provides fully-automated segment trend and network usage reports. Optivity Design & Analysis also features a suite of Remote Monitor and pre-RMON2-based tools with support for Ethernet and Token Ring. Also included is TrafficMan, a network layer monitoring applications that enables network managers to monitor traffic across the enterprise, rather than a segment at a time. The company plans to expand TrafficMan in future to recognise traffic at other layers, with support for applications such as Notes, Mosaic, cc:Mail and Network File System. The company has also announced immediate availability of the Access Node Hub and Access Node remote access routers with embedded Remote Monitoring. Optivity Design & Analysis costs from ú5,200. Remote Monitor functions are offered as an option for the Access Node Hub and Access Node routers to current Bay users at ú1,000.