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DeviceExpert

Network Configuration Management Software

What is DeviceExpert?

  • A web-based, multi-vendor change and configuration management solution for your network devices
  • A complete network configuration, change and compliance management (NCCCM) solution for switches, routers, firewalls and other network devices
  • Helps administrators to take total control of the entire life cycle of device configuration management
  • Manage configurations, Take Control of Changes, Ensure Compliance, Automate, Audit, Improve Network Visibility, Improve Efficiency


DeviceExpert. Your Solution.

For IT Managers

  • Reduce network outages occurring due to faulty configuration changes
  • Ensure configurations comply to IT regulations and standard practices
  • Automate configuration tasks and reduce operation costs

For Network Security Professionals

  • Prevent unauthorized configuration changes
  • Keep track of 'who', 'what' and 'when' of changes
  • Automate time-consuming configuration tasks
  • Ensure configurations comply to security policies

 

For Network Administrators

  • Maintain configurations in a secure, centralized repository
  • Monitor configuration changes in real-time
  • Automate time-consuming configuration tasks
  • Carry out configuration changes in bulk
 

You & DeviceExpert. Your Benefits.

Configuration Management

Encrypted Storage of Configuration & Centralized Control

DeviceExpert serves as a secure, centralized repository of device configurations by storing device configurations in encrypted form in the MySQL database bundled with the product ensuring security as well as a provision for SSH communication between DeviceExpert and devices.


Device Discovery

Device Configuration Management starts with the addition of your devices to the NCCM solution. The Discovery option allows you to scan your network and automatically add SNMP-enabled devices in bulk and enables you to deploy DeviceExpert in minutes.

 


Informative Inventory

The list of devices added to DeviceExpert are presented in the form of an informative inventory in the GUI. In a single shot, you can view serial numbers, interface details, chassis details, port configurations, IP Addresses and hardware properties of the devices.

Multi-Vendor Device Configuration Support

An integrated solution for complete change and configuration management for devices from more than 22 hardware vendors.

 

Scheduling Configuration Backup & Other Tasks

Periodic backup of device configurations is one of the most basic requirements of administrators. When enterprises have large number of devices, administrators find it difficult to manually carry out the backup operation. DeviceExpert provides option for creating scheduled tasks to carry out various configuration operations such as configuration backup, upload, checking compliance etc.

Configuration Versioning & Comparison

Retrieves configurations from devices whenever a configuration change occurs. Configurations are versioned and stored in the database making configuration management easier and provides the option to quickly compare any two configuration versions of same device or different devices.

 

Role-based Access Control

DeviceExpert deals with the sensitive configuration files of devices and in a multi-member work environment, it becomes necessary to restrict access to sensitive information. Fine-grained access restrictions are critical for the secure usage of the product. DeviceExpert provides role-based access control to achieve this. Users with different roles having different levels of permissions can be created.


Baseline Configuration

Offers the provision for labeling a trusted configuration version of each device as 'Baseline version', enabling administrators to rollback configurations to the baseline version in the event of a network outage. Baseline version can be considered as the best working configuration.

 

Remote Firmware Upgrade / OS Images Transfer

Upgrading firmware, uploading/downloading of OS images are among the commonest operations performed by the administrators. DeviceExpert helps automate these tasks through the use of advanced script execution feature, which helps in executing a series of inter-connected commands on a device in command line. Apart from firmware upgrade, advanced scripts help in automating tasks such as configuring banner messages, resetting the passwords of devices etc.

Approval Mechanism for Configuration Upload

Uploading configuration changes to devices is an important task and requires due care and in-depth knowledge of configuration syntax. Faulty configuration changes could leave security holes. Hence, the security policy of many enterprises require certain types of changes carried out by certain levels of users to be reserved for review and approval by top administrators prior to the deployment of the changes. DeviceExpert has an in-built configuration approval mechanism. 

 

Change Management

Real-time Configuration Change Tracking

DeviceExpert monitors the managed devices continuously and detects configuration changes in real-time by listening to the syslog messages generated by the devices. The real-time change detection enables you to have better control over your network.

Change Management Rule & Notifications

Once a configuration change in a device is detected, it is important that alerts are sent to those responsible for change management. In case, there occurs a network problem, this will help in finding out if the change done caused the problem. Apart from receiving alerts, you can define rules to manage the changes automatically.

Quick Restoration to Trusted Versions

When a network outage occurs due to a faulty configuration change, administrators give top priority to get the network up and running again at the quickest possible time. Administrators can rollback the configuration to the Baseline version in no time and get the network running.

 

Compliance Management


Compliance Monitoring

With increasing security threats to mission-critical network resources and serious legal consequences of information mis-management, enterprises everywhere are required to enforce specific practices, policies, & Government regulations, and demonstrate compliance. DeviceExpert helps administrators to define and enforce standards.


Compliance Reporting

DeviceExpert has provision for examining configurations for compliance on demand and automatically at regular intervals. Comprehensive compliance reports are generated. Detailed information on the devices that are compliant and the non-complaint are generated. In addition, in the case of violation, remediation tips are also provided.

 

Automation & Tools

Automating Configuration Tasks

DeviceExpert provides a high level of automation for all time-consuming and labor-intensive tasks. Quite often administrators wish to apply same set of changes to multiple devices – for example, applying a security patch. DeviceExpert provides templates & scripts to carry out these tasks.

Searching Devices, Configuration

In enterprises having a large number of devices, there will be requirements to do a quick search for a particular device in the inventory. Sometimes, the configuration database needs to be searched for specific words, strings, phrases or a combination of these in device configuration files. DeviceExpert comes with a powerful search mechanism to facilitate these.

Command Execution Tools

DeviceExpert provides utilities and tools to execute various commands on the devices and display the output. For example, to view the Access Lists or VLANs of a device, administrators will have to just click a button in the GUI instead of manually connecting to the device in the command line interface.

 

Database Back-up & Disaster Recovery

DeviceExpert provides option for taking backup of entire database and also offers scripts to do a quich disaster recovery.


Switch Port Mapper

DeviceExpert provides the 'Switch Port Mapper' tool that helps network administrators identify the list of devices connected to each port of the managed switch.

Integration with EIS, Authentication

Easily integrated with identity stores such as Windows Active Directory or LDAP directory for importing existing users/user groups.

 

Audit & Reports


User Activity Tracking

All actions performed by the DeviceExpert users are properly recorded as audit trails. Information on 'who' changed 'what' and 'when' can be easily deciphered. This will ensure accountability for actions in the organization.

Reports on Inventory, Configuration Changes, Compliance

DeviceExpert presents the information on the entire network configuration management process in the enterprise in the form of comprehensive, informative reports.

 


DeviceExpert. Fulfil your needs. Satisfy your wants.

Download and trial it in your own environment ... see for yourself the power of DeviceExpert as a complete network configuration, change and compliance management solution.


"Ability to create and push network device configurations in automated fashion saves us a great deal of time. DeviceExpert is a very powerful configuration management tool. If you are someone that is currently wondering how to get a handle on your configurations changes then DeviceExpert is for you."

Kevin Spies, LightYear Network Solutions

 

"DeviceExpert has helped us save a great deal of time in rolling out configuration changes to numerous network devices within minutes rather than hours, or even days. Push out a config change in real time or schedule it for after hours. It also allows us to take advantage of the central repository for all network devices by automatically backing up our configurations. This automated approach allows us to sleep at night knowing that we always have the most up to date configurations of our devices. The web interface quickly gives you a user friendly snapshot of the status of your devices providing you the knowledge of what devices are backed up, not backed up, have start/run conflicts, etc.

DeviceExpert is by far the biggest bang for your buck on the market. It's an absolute must for network admins of enterprises of all sizes."

Neil Perry, Stoops Freightliner-Quality Trailer Inc.