Bay just bought Armon, an RMON vendor to incorporate their technology into
their products. Network General doesn't have, and never will be incorporated
into Bay's products.
As the recent purchase of Armon by Bay and Axon by 3Com shows, all the big
players believe RMON is the way to go to manage enterprise networks containing
routers, switches and hubs.
Frontier is the leading RMON vendor, and the only one still on its own. This
gives it a distinct advantage from a multivendor internetworking point of
view. Do you think Bay is going to work with Cabletron or Cisco to make its
products interoperate at the same level as Frontier can with all of them? I
don't think so...
Finally, Frontier is the only company that not only has a strategy for
managing switched networks, but has products that you can buy to implement it
now. We have ethernet, token ring, fast ethernet, FDDI, T-1 and Frame Relay
probes shipping now and T-3 and HSSI and ATM shipping in the next few months.
Most importantly, we have the management applications to integrate all major
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>> I would like to know the adv/disadv of the following two
>>approaches for monitoring and managing networks:
>>a) A integrated RMON product which comes with routers. Examples
>>would be vendors such as BayNetworks, Cisco etc.,.
>>b) A product such as Network General's DSS or Frontier's
>>Our company is trying to decide between a) and b) above to
>>monitor and manage our customer sites from a central site.
>I believe that Bay Networks are incorporating the Sniffer SOftware in
>their hubs, so you can interrogate them with either Optivity Enterprise
>or with Network General's Foundation Manager, though I have yet to see
>this demonstrated. However in anticipation of this, we are recommending
>our Divisions to purchase hubs containing the Advanced Sniffer agent,
>though we are still evaluating RMON probes.