Network automation software offers a familiar rendition

Amy Storer, News Writer

Opsware Inc. has debuted an automated system to manage enterprise network infrastructures, its first network management product since its acquisition of Rendition Networks Inc.

Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Opsware, which finalized a $30 million cash and stock deal for Rendition last month, is unveiling the Opsware Network Automation System (NAS) 4.0 in an effort to automate network infrastructure management.

Opsware NAS 4.0 is the newest upgrade to the TrueControl device management software technology that Rendition was best known for. It encompasses four main enhancements:

  • A new workflow automation component that allows users to design, automate and enforce complex approval processes.

  • A new compliance center that enables users to automatically ensure compliance with regulations and standards.

  • A new access control list manager that allows users to automate and standardize network security management.

  • A redesigned user interface that is now 100% Web-based client, with no need for client-install or client-side Java components.

    Prior to the acquisition, Opsware already automated Unix, Linux and Windows servers, as well as software and applications. But by adding Rendition Networks and its TrueControl product, it can now automate routers, switches, firewalls and load balancers for financial services firms, government agencies and telecommunications companies.

    The NAS 4.0 not only has network change and configuration management (NCCM)

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