The lowdown on network management
What are they?
Midrange network management software suites have a limited set of features for handling specific network management problems. In size and scope, they fall somewhere between the all-encompassing suites offered by BMC Software Inc., Computer Associates International Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co. and IBM Corp., and small, single-solution programs offered by niche vendors.What are their benefits?
They are turnkey, relatively inexpensive, out-of-the-box programs that are highly scalable and designed to integrate with other programs.Any drawbacks?
Yes. Midrange suites don't contain nearly as many features as enterprise network management suites.When should I use a midrange suite?
When you are managing a small or midsize network, or require some specific management modules for an enterprise suite. And when you are trying to save some money.When shouldn't I use one?
When an enterprise suite serves all your management requirements.Must-know info?
Midrange network management suites represent a growing trend for buyers looking for relatively inexpensive, highly scalable network management. They are a good deal for buyers who have analyzed their network problems thoroughly and reviewed a large number of potential solutions with care. Midrange suites are likely to be hot for the next year, but they will never entirely take the place of full-featured products for the enterprise, such as Unicenter or OpenView.