Motorola Codex Ltd yesterday introduced its 9800 Integrated Network Management System that it claims is consistent with the emerging international Open Systems Interconnection standard. The system is based on the Apollo Domain workstation running software developed by Codex, that configures, monitors and controls devices in a network with the Apollo Aegis database and application tools for event, fault, performance and configuration management. Codex says that the 9800 has an open architecture and will manage multiple technologies, although in its first incarnation – due for delivery first quarter 1988 – it will only deal with Codex products. The 9800 separates network management technologies into two functions: those that provide real-time communications such as device polling, alarm processing and protocol conversion; and management applications that include fault, performance, event and configuration management. The applications processor component of the software uses the VMEbus architecture in conjunction with parallel processing techniques to provide high-volume, real-time processing. Codex cites another benefit of the system in reduced training costs and less expensive network operators because the system has an easy to use interface incorporating icons and windows. Codex intends to extend the system to manage IBM products in the first instance and then other manufacturers’ hardware provided they conform to OSI. Codex claims that the 9800 protocols are con-sistent with ISO’s Common Management Information Protocol and internal communications within the system conform to the seven-layer OSI model. Pricing has not yet been set but will depend on the size of the network.
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