The Orion software suite acts as a monitoring and management tool for use by network managers. It maintains a list of the managed elements in the network, monitors their operation, and alerts the network managers to specified conditions. Managed elements are network devices (e.g. routers and switches), servers, storage devices or applications that can be monitored by standard mechanisms such as SNMP, ICMP, Syslog or WMI. NCM functionality may be used to track configuration changes on the network devices for products that are able to download a copy of their current configuration parameters.
Users interact with the TOE via multiple mechanisms. The EOC Web Console and Orion Web Console are provided for remote interaction with the EOC and Orion functionality. Application programs to manage FoE (Failover Engine) operations may also be invoked from the Windows Start menu by authorized users.