NetworkCharter for the masses

NetworkCharter for the masses

Following the successful launch of its NetworkCharter Pro network design, configuration and management tool in July, Micrografx has delivered a "light" version of the product concentrating on local area networks (LANs).

Retailing at $595 ($1995 for the full Pro version), NetworkCharter performs most of the functions of its more complex and expensive brethren. However, it only supports discovery of up to 150 devices (as opposed to unlimited with Pro) and imports just 200 of the most popular vendor-specific network products.

An annual subscription to the regularly updated, full NetworkCharter device library of over 9000 vendor products, which came with the Pro version, is available for $755.

Linda Birchall, managing director, Micrografx Australia and New Zealand, spoke of the versatility and adaptability of the product.

"In the past, products that have attempted to address the network documentation challenge have been either too complicated and costly or simplistic drawing tools that failed to ease the day-to-day challenges faced by the network specialists that support each office," said Birchall. "NetworkCharter is the first management solution that is easy to use, affordable and scalable for any size network."

Micrografx points to research by analysts which indicates IT managers are struggling to cope with bandwidth constraints. Mid-to-large sized businesses are faced with ongoing challenges in the management of rapidly changing and increasingly diverse and complex networks.

"NetworkCharter is positioned to suit the needs of LAN managers," said Elisabeth Rainge, senior analyst with IDC. "IT leaders want control of their enterprise, but the actual localised information still rests in the hands of the person who maintains the content and intelligence on a local basis," she added.

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