Management wares get upgraded

Network Instruments will next week unveil the latest version of its flagship network protocol monitoring and analysis tool, which now includes features that can help network managers pinpoint poorly performing applications running across LANs, WANs and wireless nets

Network Instruments will next week unveil the latest version of its flagship network protocol monitoring and analysis tool, which now includes features that can help network managers pinpoint poorly performing applications running across LANs, WANs and wireless nets.

Observer 9.0, which is available as software and on probe appliances depending on the version, now includes features that can spot application performance problems and most accurately pinpoint the source. The application analysis can track an application from server to server and give network managers an application’s response time in aggregate.

"We are offering a higher-level view of the server and letting users drill down to get to the root cause," says Douglas Smith, Network Instruments' president. "For companies that can't afford a Concord Communications or a Micromuse or a BMC Software, we can give them that application perspective as well."

Another new feature enables network managers to perform multi-session remote monitoring and collaborate with co-workers about potential performance problems. The company also added a new user interface, updated filtering technology and more reserved memory for high-capacity networks, which gives network managers the ability to capture 40 times more troubleshooting data, the company says.

Network Instruments Observer product line competes most with Network Associates products Sniffer and Netasyst . Observer 9.0 offers protocol analysis, real-time statistics, packet capture/decode, expert analysis and long-term trending for LAN and WAN traffic, including VoIP.

Network Instruments' Observer 9.0 pricing ranges between about $US1000 and $15,000 depending on the software and number of probes purchased.

In other news, Fidelia Technology on Monday upgraded its flagship network performance monitoring software with new features to take automated action and generate intelligence alerts.

NetVigil 3.5 now allows for the suppression of transient errors, the elimination of dependent alarms and the application of rules to determine the appropriate action or notification of a generated event, Fidelia says. NetVigil now also includes a smart baselining feature that automatically adjusts warning and critical thresholds to set custom thresholds per device based on past behavior patterns.

NetVigil software discovers network elements to be managed such as web and application servers, databases and devices. The software comes with an SNMP agent, but Fidelia says NetVigil also will use agents already on the managed device. Each NetVigil monitor pushed out to the managed devices also stores its own database in which it keeps performance data about the device.

NetVigil 3.5 pricing starts at $40,000 with an average price of approximately $80,000 to $100,000.

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