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Year 2000 a network problem too

Year 2000 a network problem too

When the network you've pieced together for your customers comes crashing down on the 1st January 2000, who do you think is going to get the blame?

Resellers need to be aware that the networks they have been selling are just as susceptible to the Year 2000 bug as any Cobol application, claimed officials from Citadel Security Management Systems. Last week, that company launched the NetSuite solution for the problem, which it distributes.

Because many network functions depend on time-stamps and timing sequences, non-Year 2000 compliance may cause routers to shut down or erase their routing tables, computers may not boot up and network management systems could be swamped with false alarms, officials said.

NetSuite Audit is a management tool that sends probes out onto the network, retrieving information about what devices are attached, said a Citadel official. Once NetSuite has retrieved that information it compares it with the NetSuite device database, which contains information on the year 2000 compliance of around 12,000 devices from 3000 vendors.

It is then able two tell which part of the network is compliant or not compliant and if and where patches can be found to fix the problem. The report even includes links to the appropriate Web page.

Resellers can either resell NetSuite or use the product to offer a year 2000 checking service for their customers, officials said.

Part of the full NetSuite tool is a design package. All the information that the NetSuite probes return, is used by this package to automatically compile detailed network diagrams. It also does network validation and can be used as a preplanning tool.

Citadel Security Management Systems

Phone: (03) 9500 2990.


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