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6/5
2007
Terry Slattery

Why Build Another Network Management System?

With all the existing network management products on the market, what was the motivation for creating NetMRI?

I found in my consulting work that people often had a lot of products, but that they didn’t regularly use them (yes, there are exceptions). The existing systems were difficult to use, weren’t up to date with what was on the network, were run by a different group, etc. The end result was that the network management systems weren’t readily accessible to the network engineers. Another factor is that the vendors teach classes that use the command line interface (CLI) of their products.

I’ve always felt that existing products were awkward and wanted to build something better that was useful to me as a network engineer. The goal was to automate many of the processes and network analysis that was handled via manual methods in other products. Unfortunately, there is seldom time for network engineers to pro-actively look for common network problems.

As a result, NetMRI is designed to be installed in less than an hour, discover what’s on the network, collect data from the network devices, and analyze the collected data the way network engineers do. Network engineers can then spend their valuable time determining the correct fix for the problems and how to apply the fixes to the network. In a sense, NetMRI is exactly what its name implies: an MRI of the network that provides network engineers with visibility into the network that’s analogous to the visibility that a medical MRI provides for doctors.

-Terry

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Terry Slattery

Terry Slattery

Principal Architect

Terry Slattery is a Principal Architect at NetCraftsmen, an advanced network consulting firm that specializes in high-profile and challenging network consulting jobs. Terry is currently working on network management, SDN, business strategy consulting, and interesting legal cases. He is the founder of Netcordia, inventor of NetMRI, has been a successful technology innovator in networking during the past 20 years, and is co-inventor on two patents. He has a long history of network consulting and design work, including some of the first Cisco consulting and training. As a consultant to Cisco, he led the development of the current Cisco IOS command line interface. Prior to Netcordia, Terry founded Chesapeake Computer Consultants, which became a Cisco premier training and consulting partner. At Chesapeake, he co-invented and patented the v-LAB system to provide hands-on access to real hardware for the hands-on component of internetwork training classes. Terry co-authored the successful McGraw-Hill text "Advanced IP Routing in Cisco Networks," is the second CCIE (1026) awarded, and is a regular speaker at Enterprise Connect and Interop. He currently blogs at TechTarget, No Jitter and our very own NetCraftsmen.

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