Network management for industrial networks
Belden Inc., a global leader in signal transmission solutions for mission-critical applications, announces a major new release of its Hirschmann Industrial HiVision network management software. Version 5.0 of Industrial HiVision builds on the success of previous releases, adding extensive customer-driven functionality. This results in a pragmatic network management solution which meets the specific challenges of configuring and supervising an industrial Ethernet network.
Like their office counterparts, industrial networks are becoming more heterogeneous. Rarely does a network consist of equipment from a single manufacturer. HiFusion, a tool provided free of charge with Industrial HiVision v5.0, is a stand-alone application which facilitates the integration of any SNMP-capable device into Industrial HiVision. HiFusion also includes a wizard, to guide users through the creation of the integration files. Industrial HiVision v5.0 now offers the best of both worlds: the device management granularity of a manufacturer-specific application and the device management diversity of a generic open network management platform.
Belden Launches Industrial HiVision v5.0.
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Whilst industrial networks are becoming larger and more complex, at the same time they must have the highest operational availability. This presents a unique challenge for the network management solution. Industrial HiVision v5.0 offers an intelligent response: distributed management. A network management hierarchy provides master and slave network management stations, to ensure that any size of network can be supervised.
Product Manager Mark Cooksley points out: “In the office world, network management is the domain of the IT department; experts with many years of IT experience. In the industrial world, not everyone is an IT specialist. Industrial HiVision was designed from the ground up to be a product which will be used by automation engineers. The project set-up wizard in v5.0 will take you step-by-step through the most daunting task: getting started. Of course the resultant configuration can be customized later, to fulfill your exact requirements.”
Mark Cooksley adds: “Network management in an industrial environment has its own set of challenges. Our customers are our inspiration. Their functionality requests are the life blood of Industrial HiVision. Version 5.0 has incorporated many of these requirements, resulting in a product which is best in class for consistent management of an industrial communications system.”
Seeing is believing. Words alone cannot do justice to network management software. Download Industrial HiVision from www.hivision.de/English, and test it free of charge for 30 days at your convenience.
Hirschmann, a Belden Brand, manufactures Ethernet switches, wireless access points, firewall/VPN routers and network management software for harsh industrial environments. The Hirschmann brand stands for experience and expertise in the automation, power transmission and distribution, transportation and energy industries, having pioneered the development of Ethernet as a common standard for industrial control systems.
St. Louis-based Belden Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets cable, connectivity, and networking products together with complete solutions in markets including industrial automation, enterprise, transportation, infrastructure, consumer electronics, education and healthcare. With approximately 7,600 employees, Belden has manufacturing facilities in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia, and sales offices in nearly every region of the world. Founded in 1902, its top-class products and strong brands have made Belden a world leader in the signal transmission industry. For more information, visit www.belden.com. Follow Belden on Twitter: @BeldenInc
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