Many companies are fighting back the rising tide of total cost of ownership with comprehensive network management systems that can manage everything from a central location.

There are many factors to be considered when purchasing and implementing these systems, which range from management framework products, such as Hewlett-Packard Co.’s OpenView, Computer Associates International Inc.’s Unicenter and Tivoli Systems Inc.’s NetView, to sophisticated trouble-reporting systems, such as Tivoli’s TME, to router configuration programs such as Cisco Systems Inc.’s NetSys.

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