Almost every network consists of components from multiple vendors. Network Administrators want to have a ‘single pain of glass' view on their network. This means that the element manager used by the network administrator's use a management tool that is able to integrate these components. The element manager within a ProCurve network infrastructure is ProCurve Manager Plus, further named PCM+. PCM+ is a secure, advanced Windows-based network management tool that allows administrators to configure, update, monitor, and troubleshoot ProCurve devices centrally with easy-to-use screens. For more information on PCM+ see , http'. One great feature within PCM+, I want to highlight is Configurable Integration Platform, further named CIP. With CIP you can customize PCM+ to provide you:
- Define additional network devices (not automatically discovered by PCM) so that you can display and monitor the device in PCM;
- Receive SNMP traps from the user-defined devices and display related events in PCM+ GUI;
- Launch the user interface for other web-based applications from the PCM+ GUI;
- Customize PCM+ toolbars and menus to add links to additional management tools;
With this feature you have the power to integrate these different network components in your network element manager. You also have the ability to integrate third party applications. If you like putty as telnet or ssh client you can integrate this within PCM+. Customize the toolbars with the applications you want to use.
There is a lot of information about CIP within the PCM+ administrators guide, you can download this at ‘ ‘.
I have a couple examples on how to integrate a third party application, switches and events. If you want to try these please send me an email.
My message is play around with CIP and find out the real power for you.