Open System Consultants Pty Ltd, today announced the release of Nets, a computer network inventory and management system. Nets has the ability to track essential network data and information, including purchase and asset details, so Managers, Administrators and Network engineers can easily maintain information critical to the efficient and cost-effective administration of their networks.

Nets is open source software and provides an extensible and flexible system which is platform and database independent, designed and developed in Australia by Mr Mike McCauley, developer of Radiator, the well respected ISP and corporate RADIUS server, and Mr Hugh Irvine, founder of, the first commercial ISP in Australia.

Nets is designed not only for technical staff to maintain critical network data, but also for financial and administrative personnel to have up-to-date, correct details of assets, including costings, purchase dates and depreciation.

The graphical interface incorporates schematics, drawings, a network browser and object editing for all POP’s, workstations, servers, network equipment and telecommunications infrastructure. The interface is controlled by clearly defined user permissions for various levels of access from view only, through to full access privilege. All database activity is maintained in an audit trail.

“This is the tool that I have always needed during my many years designing, building and operating networks” said Mr Hugh Irvine, “At Connect the network expanded at such an extraordinary rate that maintaining accurate records was very difficult. With Nets, all network information is kept in one place, with all staff being able to easily access that information.” “Improved productivity was one of the main goals in developing Nets with the database providing both technical information as well as financial and provisioning information to all departments in an organisation”.

Nets runs on any Unix or Microsoft Windows system, and works with almost any free or commercial SQL database as the back end. Supported databases include Oracle, Sybase, Informix, Microsoft SQL 6.5 and 7.0, MySQL, PostgreSQL and others. For more information: Web: [link removed]