Cabletron Systems Inc has set out its strategy for adding Web- based management products to its Spectrum network management software. The new additions include browser-based technology for fixing and diagnosing problems including a timeframe for the use of CORBA, an architecture for pure Java device management, and the introduction of three new Web-based products. A Web-based version of its SpectroRx is set to ship in third quarter, the CGI-based product will provide advanced intelligence for diagnosing and resolving network and systems problems via a browser. A Java-based ATM management integrated with Spectrum and supporting Cabletron and Fore ATM, and other vendor ATM switches will go into field trial later this month. The company also plans to develop another Java application for managing the company’s SmartSwitch 6000 and 2200 that will ship in late 1997. According to Cabletron, adding CORBA will provide dramatically improved flexibility for software developers writing applications for Spectrum and other Cabletron management software – allowing them to write applications in Java, C+ + or C, compared to only C+ + today. During 1998, Spectrum APIs will be enhanced with CORBA compliance. These enhancements will be made available to other management vendors in the interest of interoperability across multiple applications and platforms, says Cabletron. Cabletron says it will introduce the first Java-based Spectrum service in the first quarter next year. This will harness some of the Java- based device management features to find inter-relationships between network objects.