Press Release

Press Release

Gartner lists Opmantek in 2016 Market Guide for Network Automation


GOLD COAST, Wednesday 27th January 2016 – Opmantek (ASSOB:OMK) a multi award winning provider of IT infrastructure management and Audit solutions, today announced that it has been identified as a representative vendor in the Gartner “Market Guide for Network Automation” report.

Network Automation tools have been steadily growing in popularity as network architecture continues to grow and become more complex. According to Gartner “Increased agility in the network domain is a top priority for I&O Organizations and network teams”.

The report focuses on two of Opmantek’s commercial software modules, Open-AudIT Enterprise and opConfig, which enable businesses to lower costs and reduce human error by increasing process and configuration agility, while ensuring compliance to relevant policies and regulations set by the business. The report found that “There continues to be a significant mandate from the business for networks to adhere to corporate and government compliance, auditing standards and regulations”.

Opmantek CEO, Danny Maher said “Opmantek has been gaining traction in our focus areas of network and operational automation and event management. We believe being named by Gartner as a representative vendor reflects our continued global growth and momentum in this space”

1Gartner, Market Guide for Network Automation, Vivek Bhalla, Sanjit Ganguli, 14 January 2016


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About Opmantek:

Opmantek is a multi award winning Software Company operating in the field of IT Infrastructure Management and Audit. Every six minutes somewhere in the world, a new organization implements an Opmantek product.
Opmantek software helps IT teams detect faults, review current and historical network performance, and predict where future failures are likely to occur.
Used by more than 80,000 organizations in 130 countries, Opmantek software manages some of the world’s most complex IT environments including some of the world’s largest telecommunications carriers, managed service providers and banks.
Opmantek is a public company with corporate headquarters in Australia and listed on the Australian Small Scale Offerings Board (ASSOB:OMK)

Baselines in Open-AudIT

Baselines in Open-AudIT

Our new major feature for 1.10 is the beginning of our Baselines feature. This is not finished as yet (in 1.10), but we wanted it out there for feedback. Baselines in Open-AudIT Enterprise allow you to take the details of one machine (say it’s software list) and use that as a basis for comparison against another machine or group of machines.

Being able to determine which machines are configured the same is a major part of systems administration and auditing – and now reporting on that will be made simple and automated. Once you define your baseline it will automatically run against a set of devices on a predetermined schedule. The output of these executed baselines will be available for web viewing, importing into a third party system or even as a printed report.

For example – you might create a baseline from a device running Centos 6 which acts as one of your apache servers in a cluster. You know this particular server is configured just the way you want it but you’re unsure if other servers in the cluster are configured exactly the same. Baselines enables you to determine this.

So you can say “Take the software installed on device X and tell me where it’s different on all the machines in the Web Servers group.”

You get a nice GUI interface showing which machines did or did not meet the expected software install state. You can also apply this to users and netstat ports. Other tables will be introduced in the future.

Our initial release (in 1.10) is functional but not yet complete. You can create a baseline, run it against a group of devices and view the results in a web browser. We plan to add scheduled execution, more tables for comparison (currently only software, netstat ports and users are enabled), in place baseline and policy editing, archiving of results, exporting of results and more.

A sample baseline definition screen is below. In this example we show a baseline consisting of software policies targeted at Centos 6 devices.

Baseline Edit - 700
Once this has been run against our target group we have a result which is below.
Baseline Result - 700
From our result page we can inspect individual devices or individual policies for compliance.

Once we have completed the implementation of Baselines in Open-AudIT you will see how powerful this feature can be for reporting items like compliance, ensuring device consistency and more. Stay tuned for more Baselines in our next Open-AudIT release!

Terms:

Baseline – the overarching document that contains the baseline definition and the individual policy tests.

Policies – The individual tests contained within a Baseline. Each test is for a specific item. An example would be testing for SSH version 1.2.3.