Software promotes network performance, policy management.

Press Release Summary:

Addressing all malicious or inadvertent internal changes to network, NetMRI v3.0 gives administrators clear picture of every modification and hot-list of likely network problems they cause. Complex data is distilled into interpretable images and topology views that help IT departments determine impact of changes to network, degree of compliance with policies and gold standards, as well as ability to operate to full potential with limited head count.

Original Press Release:

Netcordia's NetMRI 3.0 Introduces Impact Analysis to NCCM

o Rich, multi-dimensional views reveal the networking sweet spot: optimal performance and 'gold standard' policy compliance

January 27, 2009 - Netcordia's new flagship software solves the number-one challenge that undermines network performance and policy compliance - internal changes to the network, whether malicious or inadvertent - by giving network administrators a crystal-clear picture of every modification, and a 'hot' list of likely network problems they cause.

Available today, NetMRI 3.0 answers the three critical questions that short-staffed IT departments worry about:

o What is the impact of this change to our network?

o Is our network compliant with policies and 'gold standards', and can we prove it?

o Can we operate to our full potential with a limited head count?

Netcordia's NetMRI 3.0 takes Network Configuration and Change Management (NCCM) capabilities one step further by providing multiple views of the network and every device connected to it, and then showing the impact of changes on interdependent network initiatives. New diagnostic capabilities outpace anything else on the market, highlighting the potential impact of even the smallest changes, which can wreak havoc in unexpected ways.

Don Pyle, CEO of Netcordia, said: "Updating access lists seems like a no-brainer. It should be - but small, routine changes like that can have a devastating impact on network availability, often when you don't expect it and can't afford it."

Jim Frey, senior analyst at EMA, added: "Netcordia's new release is a major step forward in making both new and existing capabilities of their solution more practical and easier to use and share, so operations, support and engineering teams have the information they need to effectively protect business objectives. For companies to survive in this economy, they need to do more with less - yet continue to uphold strategic network initiatives like assuring adherence with internal 'gold-standard' policies and complying with industry regulations like PCI, HIPAA, and Sarbanes Oxley."

Bruce Hockin, Head of Business Strategy at Avnet Technology Solutions, commented: "We continue to receive positive feedback from our partners and their customers about Netcordia, as it is a product which shows immediate value. The introduction of Netcordia 3.0 offers our partners further opportunity, as it is the only product available to show the impact of change on network performance. At time where business efficiency and compliance have never been so important, this presents the channel with a great opportunity."

Interconnected problems: economic climate adds to the mix

Sixty-four per cent of network administrators identify internal causes for the greatest threats to network availability, according to a Netcordia survey of nearly 450 network professionals. Half of the group cited inadvertent changes as their biggest worry.

The current economic climate only magnifies the anxiety; bare-bones IT teams are hard-pressed to manage the sprawl. Netcordia's survey also reveals how administrators plan to cope: more than half admitted they plan to work longer hours, focus on only mission-critical work and step up automation efforts.

Mergers and acquisitions add to the challenge, with pressure for rapid integration, peak performance and fail-safe standardisation. At the same time, there are thousands of new devices to manage from many new vendors.

Every device indirectly touches hundreds of other devices on the network. Configuration parameters by themselves may seem fine, until they are assessed in the context of the network and the configurations of their neighbours. The smallest conflict can cause distant devices to slow down, or go dark, sometimes weeks after the change is made.

NetMRI specialises in proactively finding these problems before they escalate into crises.

Carolyn Dunlop, director, business development - EMEA, Netcordia, said: "It's easy when conflicts or configuration problems show up right away. More often, they lay dormant. Then something else breaks and the problems are exacerbated by these hidden issues, creating an expensive, real-time emergency. When pressure is that high, finding that needle in the haystack wastes precious time."

To download the full Netcordia survey, visit

Multi-dimensional, web-based visuals tell the full story

NetMRI 3.0 distils complex data into easy-to-interpret images and topology views. Each data point can be viewed in rich detail, set in context and analysed in three ways:

o Timeline dashboard - to show changes over time and visually correlate network health and policy adherence, for faster root cause analysis

o Topology status views - to see exactly where in the network a change occurred, overlaying both health and policy compliance status, to correlate by topology location and dependence

o Network Explorer - providing ad-hoc analysis to identify common threads by device attributes, through a rich graphical interface

Pyle, continued: "Seeing if a change is made, when the change is made and who made the change has always been a priority for network managers. The new product takes it a step further by allowing managers to ensure changes hit both goals of improving performance and upholding 'gold-standard' policies - and that's what makes them heroes."

About Netcordia
Netcordia is a leading provider of network automation software to the world's most complex and mission-critical networks. Its award-winning network change and configuration management (NCCM) software continuously audits multi-vendor infrastructures, identifies anomalies early and speeds resolution. Netcordia helps more than 275 leading healthcare, financial services, academic, service and government organisations stretch IT budgets, improve overall performance, meet corporate policy and comply with stringent federal regulations. Founded in 2000, Netcordia is headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland. For more information, visit

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