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November 21, 1995


By CBR Staff Writer

Dallas, Texas-based Micromuse Inc has unveiled Netcool OMNIbus 3.0, an offering said to enable network and systems managers to implement distributed ‘virtual private network’ views of network and systems conditions. The client-server service level management application is designed to collect management data from all installed sources, apply filtering and correlation logic to event and alarm data, and deliver the resulting service level monitoring views to distributed operator consoles. A key feature of Netcool/OMNIbus is its de-duplication engine, said Micromuse, which folds multiple instances of the same alarm into a single alarm notification. This solves a common problem for management operators, who typically receive dozens or hundreds of repetitive notifications of a particular alarm, making it more difficult to spot other alarm conditions which may be even more critical, said the firm. With Netcool/OMNIbus, each successive occurrence of the same alarm is noted in one alarm notification as a count, along with the period of time during which these duplicate alarms were generated, the company says. The product also enables triggers to be defined as either individual alarm conditions or a combination of alarm conditions from any defined combination of elements. The offering consists of three basic elements: Probes for collecting all data generated by existing network and systems management applications; ObjectServers, which are memory-resident ANSI SQL data repositories providing filtering, de-duplication and correlation capabilities; and Desktops, which are distributed, client-server consoles for operators to monitor services, launch tools, and/or modify filters, views and correlations, depending on their authorisation level. Netcool/OMNIbus’s ObjectServer and Desktops run under HP-UX, AIX, Solaris and SunOS Unixes, with Windows and WindowsNT to follow shortly, said the company, which added that its Probes are available for management systems including OpenView, SunNet Manager, SystemView, Stratacom Inc, CiscoWorks, Bay Networks Inc’s Optivity and the Tivoli Management Environment. Out now, the Netcool/OMNIbus Object Server costs $25,000. Each probe is $7,500 and desktop Clients cost $7,500 per user.

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