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Tuesday, October 13, 1998 < Prev Next >

SwitchSoft Systems to Provide SwitchScope Network Discovery for New Visio Enterprise

Company Previews Technology at Networld+Interop, Complements New Product from Visio Corp.

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — Oct. 13, 1998 — SwitchSoft Systems Inc., a leading developer of OEM technology for enabling dynamic, policy-based control of network configuration, Tuesday announced plans to preview its new SwitchScope technology at the NetWorld+InterOp trade show in Atlanta.

This technology preview will be among the first to demonstrate additional capabilities afforded by Visio Corp.'s new Visio® Enterprise Software. Visio Corp., the leader in IT diagramming software, recently announced Visio Enterprise as a robust suite of design and modeling tools that help manage enterprise information systems.

Users are invited to visit both companies at Visio Corp.'s NetWorld+InterOp booth No. 2125, located at the Georgia World Congress Center, East Side, Hall B.

SwitchSoft's SwitchScope technology provides discovery and diagramming of switched (Layer 2) network topology. This technology, scheduled for release before the end of 1998, will integrate directly with Visio Enterprise to add Layer 2 management functionality at a price point that is less expensive by an order of magnitude than comparable technology embedded in vendor-specific switch management applications.

For network managers, the combination of this technology and Visio Enterprise will help save time while also enabling more complete and accurate network management and inventory. SwitchSoft software and Visio Enterprise will also make it easy to visualize Virtual LAN and Spanning Tree configurations.

In addition, SwitchScope technology will provide a means of tracking changes in switched network topology to assist with asset tracking, troubleshooting and configuration management.

"SwitchScope technology is a breakthrough for network professionals," said SwitchSoft President Tyrone Pike. "By adding discovery and diagramming of Layer 2 topology, SwitchScope makes it easy for users to visualize their network configurations, troubleshoot problems and track the information they need as their switched networks evolve."

"The potential of SwitchScope technology is very exciting for offering additional capability to the Layer 3 Autodiscovery™ technology included with Visio Enterprise," said Jeff Erwin, general manager, network management products at Visio Corp. "The combination will allow for Visio's rich discovery technology to extend into switches, virtual private networks and ATM."

SwitchSoft Systems, formally founded in 1996, provides directory-based and policy-based network management technology to the market through OEM relationships. Currently, SwitchSoft technology is a key component of network management products from industry-leading vendors such as Cisco Systems Inc., and Computer Associates Inc.

Visio Corp. (Nasdaq:VSIO) of Seattle, Wash., develops, markets, and supports drawing and diagramming software for enterprise-wide use by businesses, governments, and other organizations. The company was founded in 1990 to bring powerful computer-graphics capabilities to the desktops of mainstream computer users. In so doing, it pioneered the business-diagramming category in personal computer software.

SwitchSoft Systems Inc., is a privately-held company that focuses on developing and marketing software solutions for directory-enabled, policy-based management of switches, routers, firewalls, remote access servers and other intelligent network devices.

For more information, members of the press may contact SwitchSoft President Tyrone Pike directly at the company's Redwood office, 650/569-4929, or via e-mail at Readers are also invited to visit the company's web site at

Visio and AutoDiscovery are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Visio Corp. in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks, trade names or company names referenced herein are used for identification only and are the property of their respective owners.