Cisco users gain configuration help from Opsware

Opsware Wednesday upgraded its management software with support for Cisco gear that the company says will help customers automate software updates and prevent configuration-related performance problems.

Opsware updated its network change and configuration management software, Network Automation System (NAS), with additional integration into Cisco. The added feature enables customers to check planned upgrades against Cisco’s Software Image Manager and then upgrade device configurations with more confidence that the changes won’t negatively impact performance. And with automation features, the company says NAS 7 can now speed device changes and take remediation actions without human intervention.

The process automation and Cisco support is part of a larger upgrade to Opsware NAS 7, which performs network change and configuration management. The product is based on TrueControl technology Opsware acquired with Rendition Networks in 2004. NAS discovers network devices and instructs them to deliver configuration data to a central location. The product uses server and agent software to collect data and remediate issues, such as patch updates or policy compliance.

NAS 7 is expected to be available in the fourth quarter and costs US$10,000 for up to 999 managed nodes.

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