Today I want to talk about Enigma NMS, the main offering of NETSAS. The NETSAS company is Australian-based and provides “Network Management Solutions For Enterprise Networks”. Before I get too caught up in talking about Enigma NMS, let me explain what NMS means. An NMS, or a Network Management System, is a combination of hardware and software used to manage and monitor one or more computer network(s).
Even though the Enigma NMS manages all hardware (these may be referred to as Network Elements [NEs] or managed devices) on a network, it uses software to monitor these devices. Like every NMS, Enigma monitors the following areas: faults, configuration, accounting, performance, and security (FCAPS). Enigma NMS provides “enterprise-grade network management”, which is often referred to as enterprise-class network management. To learn more about what this means, open this link.
Even though Enigma NMS works only with Linux/Unix, knowledge of the Linux operating system is not required, nor are server and database skills needed. Speaking of what is not needed, this system requires no maintenance or scripting. Also no agents are needed to run the system, as the introduction page (first link) says “Enigma just works”. One need not worry about using and integrating multiple systems, which would need frequent updating. Also external databases (those that would need to be plugged in) are unnecessary.
The Enigma introduction page goes on to talk about the “high-availability cluster[, which] provides [the] highest degree of reliability and business continuity…[by using a] Virtual IP” (Internet Protocol, a set of rules governing how data is sent across a network). In the case of Enigma NMS, all data is sent in “real-time”. And the page lists other features available with “one single product:” thereafter. This product is the Enigma NMS Platinum Edition.
Although this introduction page may be of interest to the more technically minded, others might gravitate towards the features page, which lists some of the benefits of choosing Enigma NMS before it shares all the technical details. These benefits include the ease of installation and the fact that Enigma works with any web browser.
In my opinion the NETSAS website does not do the greatest job explaining that Enigma NMS helps companies stay on top of things. But, a certain post by Mikhail Chelomanov, NETSAS director/Enigma NMS creator, does this a lot better. It seems abundantly clear when Chelomanov says Enigma “empowers [a] network support staff with functionality, which allows them to provide superior and proactive network management services to their users. Enigma deployment resulted in increased network availability, revenue and sharp reduction in effort required to support their very large and complex enterprise network and server infrastructure. In fact for many clients Enigma NMS is the ONLY tool they use.” One may find the section dealing with the problems Enigma can help solve even more helpful.