Tivoli Netcool Configuration Manager R6.1 – Giving immediate value to existing Tivoli customers
Change today is constant, whether within an individual network or reaching across the entire instrumented, interconnected and intelligent world. And managing change, especially when it comes to network device configuration, is essential.
This need for change management capabilities is particularly important in today’s environment of rapid growth in network size, complexity and criticality. Many organizations find that managing configuration is more difficult than ever. While the number of devices that require configuration is increasing, IT resources often remain limited and IT budgets can be flat or declining. Meanwhile, the network is more important than ever to the everyday functions and the continued success of the business.
Without configuration management, errors introduced during change can damage a host of critical operations from provisioning to performance, and from availability to security. Consider the
●How do you control who can touch what network device and what commands they are allowed to use on each device?
●Do you maintain a complete log of all changes made to each device and by whom?
●How do you make sure that only syntactically and logically correct commands to be sent to a device?
●How do you enable network engineers to instantly see what changed on a device, who changed it, and when it changed and why?
●How do you know when a device has changed and requires an incremental backup?
●Can you roll back a device without losing service?
●How do you prevent configuration mistakes from happening in your network?
●How do you enforce your network configuration policies?
●Do you have a common scorecard for compliance across the entire network?
●Is your score card updated after every change and in real time?
●How can you do simple, yet comprehensive ad hoc reporting to find today’s problem without manually touching devices?
With a configuration and policy management solution, the organization can now meet these challenges and take its network management capabilities to a new level. Configuration management solutions can extend management reach into devices and network areas that need greater attention, for increased network reliability and reduced chance of performance degradation due to error.
Configuration management solutions provide a persistent database that stores physical and logical aspects of the network in one location for use in real-time monitoring of changes and for alerting administrators when a change is incorrect—whether it is causing a functional problem or not. The aim is to ensure that configurations are accurate and changes comply with organizational, and to provide administrators with deep visibility into the network and its devices to help prevent and resolve change-related problems.
Tivoli Netcool Configuration Manager R6.1 complements existing Tivoli Network Management capabilities provided by OMNIbus and Network Manager by adding the ability to make changes, ensure changes are functionally correct & comply with corporate policies and monitor multiple inline and out of band types of changes. With out of the box integration with OMNIbus and Network Manager, Tivoli Netcool Configuration Manager R6.1 provides the ability to see what changed, who changed it and when it changed within the context of existing OMNIbus & Network Manager views and how the changes correlate to network events.