Monday, February 27, 2012

Single-vendor networks vs. multi-vendor, no problem

"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free..."

This well-known line most likely did not refer to the networks that today's IT shops have to deal with, but it's not far off when it comes to network management. As everyone struggles to find the right combination of spending, manpower and ingenuity, one reoccurring argument is single versus multi-vendor networks.

One vendor, one network
The argument for single-vendor networks is that you get better application and product integration. This holistic view of the infrastructure should ensure both a high level of QoS and security and application support integrated into the networking products.

More vendors, better networks
On the multi-vendor side, arguments boil down to cost, performance and risk. With more options for each layer of your network, you can mix and match based on your budget and requirements. Creating a more varied stack also should allow you to distribute some of the risks of putting all your eggs in one basket.

Network management in either regime
With Uplogix in your network, you are really equipped for either way of thinking. Say you are running a single-vendor network made up of gear from, oh let's say Cisco. We know Cisco gear backwards and forwards. In fact, you can run Uplogix on Cisco gear and maintain the purity of your network. Talk with us or your favorite Cisco rep to find out more.

If you are on the other side of the coin, running a network made out of best-of-breed devices, or maybe just the best-of-what-you've-put-together, Uplogix is there for you. We'll provide secure remote access and support for any console-managed device. We provide a unified CLI framework and a wide range of "native" functionality for any connected device. In addition, there are advanced drivers providing enhanced automation for some of the most common networking and communications vendors like Cisco, HP, Juniper, iDirect, Sea Tel, Comtech, and more.

For both setups, System alarms, events and device performance data can be forwarded to NMS systems from the Uplogix Control Center via SNMP messages that appear as if they came from the managed device itself. Additionally, syslog messages can be sent in real-time to an NMS system or syslog server for consolidation, auditing and analysis purposes.

So in this election year, breathe free and easy with local management because you don't have to choose a side. We can work with your network.