Patrol makes some friends
BMC says that the latest version of its Patrol Dashboard network performance management software can now link to a range of networking software and hardware from other suppliers. It reckons this will help its customers create a business service management (BSM) strategy, by helping them to understand and predict how IT affects the overall business.

Among the other hardware devices now supported by Patrol Dashboard is Packeteer's range of Packetshaper application traffic management appliances. The BMC software can use information from Packetshaper for threshold management plus alerting, trending and capacity planning.

It can also take data from a wide range of other sources, including Nortel Alteon load balancers, Nokia and Cisco firewalls, and Cisco's IPSec VPNs and Netflow. Patrol Dashboard costs from $3500, depending on the size of the network to be managed.

3Com jacks it up
Need more ports on the edge of your network? 3Com's IntelliJack NJ225 switch could be the answer, enabling a single wall outlet to be converted into four switched and managed 10/100 Ethernet ports.

Described as an in-the-wall switch, the $239 device includes port-based 802.1X security, traffic prioritisation, and support for VLANs, so users can automatically be assigned to specific resource sets. It also supports local power or Power over Ethernet (PoE), with standards-based power forwarding for the likes of IP phones or video cameras.

Service desk discovery tool
Device discovery is a major issue for service desks and the whole IT service infrastructure, claims Frontrange Solutions. DiscoverNet, it claims, will solve this and is the first in a series of infrastructure management software tools.

Designed to help network managers locate their IT assets, monitor and manage them, it also links in to Frontrange's Heat service and support suite, so support staff can use the data from discovered devices to make configuration changes and generate tickets for incident reporting.