The CiscoWorks Blue family is toasting its new members – SNA View 3.0, Maps 3.0, and Internetwork Status Monitor for System/390Version 2.0. These web-based applications help customers to manage Systems Network Architecture (SNA) / IP networks.
As customers migrate from SNA-centric to more IP-centric networks, more sophisticated tools are needed to cope with the complexities, and this is where the new babes come in.
Bruce Armstrong, Network Management Product manager, Tivoli Systems, said, “CiscoWorks Blue SNA View 3.0 enables faster network failure isolation and the unique ability to fuse mainframe and Cisco device data in a single place.”
• CiscoWorks Blue SNA View 3.0 provides SNA/IP network troubleshooting and diagnostic capabilities via network and mainframe correlation. Now available on the Windows NT platform, customers with small and medium network environments can use this easily. It collects physical unit (PU) and logical unit (LU) data and correlates it to information gathered from Cisco devices and Cisco TN3270 Servers.
• Maps 3.0 gives dynamic views or maps of both SNA and IP networks. This new version allows users to scale to manage larger SNA/IP network environments through improved host discovery and status propagation. It collects and monitors advanced Management Information Base (MIB) information in Cisco devices in addition to monitoring DLSw, APPN, and RSRB network traffic. By combining TCP/IP and SNA data for various administrative tasks, Maps 3.0 allows users to manage a growing multiprotocol network while ensuring SNA service levels are met. It works in conjunction with leading SNMP network management platforms, providing a single, consolidated view of the integrated network.
• Internetwork Status Monitor for System/390 Version 2.0 provides management and visibility of Cisco devices from the mainframe. With this version, users have new capabilities such as a new web interface and SNMP support for better Cisco device monitoring and management from the mainframe. It integrates with Tivoli NetView for OS/390 to deliver router management information. This eliminates the need for additional training and investments in additional router management software.
“The CiscoWorks Blue family of network management applications is an excellent way to manage a combined SNA/TCP-IP network in a Cisco environment,” added Armstrong.
“Our customers require network management tools that address the unique and complex needs of a combined SNA/IP network,” said Sudhir Nath, product manager at Cisco. “The enhancements provide customers with a set of tools that utilize emerging web-based management capabilities while ensuring optimal network performance.”
CiscoWorks Blue SNA View 3.0 on Windows NT, Sun Solaris, HP-UX, and AIX are available at the end of September for $19,995 USD.