NetworkWorld: Network management goes open source with Bluebird

“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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