Network Associates is extending its monitoring and trouble-shooting software to analyse a broader variety of devices.
The company is adding support for Bay Networks routers to RouterPM, a tool that predicts router failures. Previously, the tool watched only Cisco routers for signs of trouble.
Separately, the company plans to use this month's NetWorld+Interop 98 conference in Atlanta to show off enhancements to its Total Network Visibility (TNV) analysis software suite.
Network Associates is adding Remote Monitoring (RMON) capabilities, simultaneous LAN and WAN troubleshooting and monitoring, and a reporting tool called Network Informant for showing trends. Further details about these enhancements were not available.
Network Associates' Sniffer products, included with TNV, help network managers find problems. But the company could have trouble expanding into areas such as performance management, says Mark Bouchard, a US-based senior research analyst at META Group.
"The whole concept of expanding the product makes sense," he says. "It's just that Network Associates isn't known for performance management, and they've got to sell uphill."
Adding Bay support to RouterPM was no easy task either, according to Paul Farr, director of marketing for Sniffer products at Network Associates.
The latest version, RouterPM 3.2, which runs on Windows 95 and NT, was scheduled to ship this week.