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Visionael Slashes Time and Costs Associated with Network Resource Management: Visionael 6.6 Provides Advances in Network Design, Data Collection and Business Continuity; Improves Accuracy of Network Views




(PRWEB) May 31, 2002

PALO ALTO, Calif. – May 30, 2002 – Visionael today announced enhancements to its leading carrier-grade inventory-based network resource management (NRM) solution, recently recognized by operations support system (OSS) pundits as a finalist for “Best Inventory Management Product” at the TeleStrategies 2002 OSS Excellence Awards. Visionael 6.6 addresses service providers’ and large enterprises’ need to reduce costs with new features that improve their control over the network change process through simplifying network design, enhancing data collection, improving accuracy of network views, and ensuring business continuity.




“In today’s ever-changing business environment, service providers and large enterprises need a comprehensive solution that allows them to create more dynamic networks that easily adapt to change in less time and at lower costs,” said Verne Anton, Principal Analyst, Gartner, Inc. “Today’s cutting-edge network resource management solutions, with enhanced scalability and reliability, offer customers an innovative approach to managing their networks, one that allows them to maximize the power of their networks and manage them as strategic assets.”

The Visionael NRM solution is the most-widely deployed carrier-grade inventory management offering in the industry, currently implemented by more than 50 customers around the globe. Visionael 6.6 helps network engineers develop and maintain a centralized repository of network inventory, configuration and change management information, enabling a complete, real-time view of all physical network elements and the circuits that overlay them, while offering support for the services that are provisioned over the network. The newest version of this solution provides enhanced, intuitive design tools and interfaces that allow network engineers and designers to be more productive, ultimately driving time and cost out of managing core network processes so that the engineers and planners can focus on long-term, strategic goals.

Transaction Network Services (TNS), one of the world’s leading providers of fast, reliable data communications services for transaction-oriented applications, is evaluating Visionael 6.6 to document its complex network infrastructure and circuit assets. “As we continue to support a growing number of customer transactions, the complexity of managing the underlying network increases. Visionael 6.6 is highly scalable and easy to use, helping us simplify the resource management process and enhance control as our network rapidly expands,” said Scott Ziegler, Senior Vice President and Chief Systems Officer at TNS.

Additional customers evaluating Visionael 6.6 include Fidelity, EDS and Global Management Systems Inc. (GMSI).

New in Visionael 6.6

Visionael 6.6 combines easy, flexible design and data collection capabilities with enterprise-wide scalability and the power of the industry-leading Visionael NRM platform. New features include:

Spares Management –

·Spares Management tracks the commissioning and decommissioning of devices from the network to better manage the repair and replacement process, allowing customers to manage the entire network equipment lifecycle for spare devices, cards and cables from purchase through retirement.

·Seamless integration with Visionael Studio enables operations personnel to find and deploy the proper spare quickly and easily.

Network Design/Engineering–

·Drag & drop functionality that decreases the time required to connect and add new devices by up to 50 percent, as well as allows devices to be moved to and from the graphics window.

·Palettes and templates for adding new objects to the Visionael Repository through simple drag & drop operations.

·Increased Windows support that includes the ability to copy diagrams and physical views to a “clipboard” for use in other applications.

·Network diagram improvements including new line styles and curves, grouping functions and auto-layout capabilities.

Data Collection –

·New intuitive application programming interface (API) to customize the data collection process.

·Java-based reconciliation features that match the As-Built object with the actual network device.

·Exception management tools that help plan and carry out reconciliation.

Network Device Library –

·Obsolete tagging retires out-of-production devices from the Visionael Library, preventing further use in future designs.

Three-tier Architecture with Multiple Controllers –

·Multiple controllers ensure business continuance by using hardware configurations that support load balancing, failover and disaster recovery for increased reliability and scalability.

“Visionael 6.6 advances our leadership in providing robust, collaborative solutions for network engineering and inventory management,” said Richard Zambuni, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Visionael. “We will continue to respond to customer requirements and deliver powerful software solutions that combine the ease-of-use of desktop systems with an architecture that can scale to meet the needs of any customer.”

Pricing, Availability, Support

Visionael 6.6 supports Windows NT/98/2000 at the client layer, Sun Solaris 2.7/2.8 and Windows NT/2000 in the middle-tier. At the database layer, Visionael supports Oracle 8.1.7. Support for HP-UX 11 in the middle-tier and Microsoft SQL Server 7.0/2000 in the database layer are planned for follow-up releases. For sales inquiries, please contact [email protected]

About Visionael

Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, Visionael transforms the economics of creating, delivering and managing network services. Visionael is a leading provider of carrier-grade service creation and inventory-based network resource management (NRM) software solutions, comprising a key component of any operations support system (OSS). Visionael 6 is recognized as a leading inventory/NRM solution combining autodiscovery and data collection, validation/reconciliation, engineering and network change management, circuit & cable management, engineering design and workflow to deliver an accurate, real-time view of network resources. Visionael ServiceBase works seamlessly with Visionael 6 to deliver the market’s first open, automated multi-service creation engine, empowering service providers and large enterprises to rapidly and cost-effectively deliver high-demand services to their subscribers and users. Visionael has more than 50 service provider, outsourcer, enterprise, and government customers including AT&T, BT Ignite, Cable & Wireless, Fidelity, IBM Global Services, Ionex, LDCom (Kaptech), Omnitel, OptiGlobe and Verizon. For more about Visionael, please visit http://www.visionael.com or call 650.470.8920. In Europe, please contact Visionael SARL in Paris at +33 140.71.28.28 or [email protected]

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