Cisco has launched a group of products and services for configuration management. The Proactive Automation of Change Execution tools can be used to change usernames and passwords, manage unplanned device configuration changes, provide reports on compliance with industry regulations, and analyse network security and resiliency, according to Karen Sage, director of PACE product marketing.

Michel Davidoff, senior technology infrastructure architect at California State University, said he is rolling out PACE products to 23 CSU campuses with more than 400,000 network nodes to help manage operational procedures. He said he expected the PACE tools to reduce network management costs as well as increasing user productivity.

The PACE line includes two new software tools and revisions of two existing tools, Sage said. The new tools are CiscoWorks Network Compliance Manager 1.0, priced from US$33,995 for up to 100 managed network nodes, and Cisco Configuration Assurance Solution 1.1, starting at $201,600. Both are available now.

Cisco released its first systems management products, the Network Application Performance Analysis family, last December.

The company has no plans to provide a configuration management database, Sage said. Instead, Cisco will use CMDBs from other vendors, such as BMC Software, IBM's Tivoli unit, CA and HP.

Cisco also plans to work with a consortium of vendors, including IBM, BMC, HP and CA, that joined forces earlier this year to create a CMDB standard, Sage said. "I think you'll see a lot of openness" between Cisco and other vendors, she added.