Enterprises seeking to facilitate high performance business applications increasingly rely on sophisticated networking infrastructure and the power of technologies. Network operations and security managers rely on systems that can automate network deployments, handle large and complex topologies, and track and audit how actual network deployments comply with design requirements and best practices. Enterprise networks must comply with regulatory policies, corporate IT methodologies, and technology best practices - independently of scale, networking technologies deployed, and the combination of vendors providing networking equipment. NCM helps users meet regulatory compliance goals and enforce internal IT best practices.
Virtual device and virtual context support
NCM provides support for virtual devices, including VMware's Virtual Switch (vSwitch) technology available through VMware's Infrastructure (ESX) and the Cisco Nexus 1000v series switches. These virtual devices can be managed alongside legacy devices, providing centralized support. Virtual devices, as well as devices that support virtual contexts, now benefit from device relationship enhancements that provide management of non-IP addressed contexts, as well as views of the underlying relationships between the actual hardware and virtual contexts.
Enhanced relationship modeling
Devices may have relationships with other devices or contained modules that run an independent operating system-complete with a full configuration and interfaces. NCM 1.5 distinguishes relationship types including both user-defined and system-defined relationships.
Enhanced task scheduling
Two key task management features, task prioritization and round-robin execution of group tasks, have been implemented to improve the execution order of tasks.
Enhanced device selector and device group explorer
With the enhanced device selector and device group explorer you can easily navigate group trees to select devices and device groups for a variety of use cases.
Enhanced VLAN support
NCM provides functionalities necessary to view fully and to provision VLANs on network switches from different vendors.
Link aggregation support
Using link aggregation support, NCM can list all of the links (or connections) associated with a specific port on a device. This information is gleaned from enhanced diagnostics or from device context information. Link aggregation lets you manage a device with virtual contexts that assign multiple connections to a physical port.
Provisioning and scripting API enhancements
You can now list device templates, show device template configurations, modify device template configurations, and provision devices using the device relationships API.
Solaris 64-bit support
When installing NCM on a Solaris platform, NCM uses the 64-bit Java Virtual Machine (JVM). As a result, NCM can utilize more memory and achieve enhanced scalability and performance.
Caching improvements increase performance of many functions across the NCM product. Minimizing redundant data lookups such as driver lookup and device lookup while using memory more efficiently on both 32-bit and 64-bit systems have been implemented.
Driver-defined diagnostics allow drivers to specify the set of diagnostics that are "standard" for that driver and define basic diagnostics that the system will treat as "built in". The ability to define "standard" diagnostics for a device will allow more up-to-date diagnostic implementations for any given device.
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