A brief history of NAV
The first version of Network Administration Visualized was written by the IT
department of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in 1999 to
cover their network monitoring needs, after HP OpenView had failed to meet
their requirements. At the time, NTNU’s campus network had some 20,000 users.
Uninett, the Norwegian National Research and Education Network became
interested in NTNU’s work on NAV in 2001 and began sponsoring 50% of its
development costs in exchange for licensing the software to all universities
and university colleges in Norway.
In 2004, both parties agreed to release NAV to the world under the GPL
license, effectively freeing the software.
In 2006, Uninett assumed the main responsibility of maintaining and developing
the software further, and is continually doing so on behalf of its customers,
the Norwegian universities and university colleges, and research network