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NetworkWorld: Network management goes open source with Bluebird

Dec 28, 2000, 15:23 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Phil Hochmuth)

"Bluebird's creators intend the software to be an open-source alternative to large network management platforms, such as Tivoli, HP's OpenView and Aprisma's Spectrum. Bluebird uses standards-based technologies - including Java in the core application engine and XML in the reporting and interface modules - which make applications less bulky and more customizable than proprietary network management platforms, OpenNMS developers claim. Also, as with all open-source programs, the source code is freely available, allowing users to modify and customize the software even further."

"Bluebird runs with PostgreSQL 7.0, a freely available SQL database popular with open-source software users. Bluebird is also compatible with the Oracle8i database."

"Bluebird 0.4 is based on SNMP, and is designed to manage small networks of up to 500 networked devices. The software requires no "agents," or monitoring software, to run on the devices it monitors. This could help to make the deployment and maintenance of the system easier than agent-based management products."

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