N+I - Tools give applications the green light

Network management is digging into the sweet spot of application performance optimization, as more enterprises move critical applications to the Internet. Here at NetWorld+Interop 2004, Internap Network Services Corp., 8e6 Technologies Inc., and Pivia Software Inc. introduced technology designed to give applications priority within the network.

Internap Network Services at the show touted Flow Control Platform Version 3.3, which extends route optimization technology with application-aware routing capabilities. Version 3.3 lets users tailor network performance for any type of traffic and manage the traffic with fine-grained control, according to Chris Oberkfell, director of product management at Internap.

"Version 3.3 provides user-, group-, and application-based policies. It lets customers give priority to VoIP or critical applications over Web surfing," Oberkfell said.

Internap also rolled out two new hardware models for its Flow Control Platform: the FCP-120 and the FCR-85. The FCP-120 includes four Ethernet ports for more configuration options and 120Mbps of throughput. The FCR-85, designed for organizations with traffic spread across multiple locations, offers 500Mbps of capacity, and six Gig-E or Fast-E interfaces.

Also focusing on application performance, 8e6 Technologies at the show introduced TurboPipe NP, a network monitoring and management tool designed to guarantee bandwidth to mission-critical applications.

"The answer used to be to add bandwidth, but that doesn't solve the problem. Giving priority to the applications that need it does solve the problem," said Eric Lundbohm, vice president of marketing at 8e6.

TurboPipe NP is an appliance-based offering that can implement service-level agreements that dynamically allocate available bandwidth to specific applications. TurboPipe NP is comprised of an appliance engine deployed between a LAN and a router at strategic choke points. The TurboPipe console is a Windows-based management center that that monitors and controls network performance by controlling the various TurboPipe engines deployed in the network, officials said.

Pivia Software was also at the show to introduce its PPMT (Pivia Performance Measurement Tool) for tracking application performance from an end-user's perspective. The PPMT measures network behavior and browser times to give a representation of the actual page view performance experienced by users. For each event, PPMT captures and reports on network download time, browser download time, data size, and packet count, according to Pivia officials.

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