Fluke Networks expands into performance management appliances

Visual Performance Management 4.0 appliance to offer broad overview and analysis of network and application performance

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By  Mark Sutton Published  July 15, 2008

Fluke Networks is expanding its product focus, with the launch of its new application performance solution appliance.

Visual Performance Manager 4.0 integrates a number of different technologies, to provide complete network and application performance analysis across the whole network.

Fluke, which is more known for cable testing products, is expanding into performance management to meet growing market demand, said Werner Heeren, regional sales & marketing director, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa.

"We have leadership in portable network analysis tools, but we want to grow and become a leader in performance management, which we believe is the future. It is the first issue when we go on a customer visit, the first thing when we ask customers what is your main issue on the network - the network is too slow, people are complaining, and how do you find the bottleneck or problem," Heeren said.

Performance problems often lie with the application, or other parts of the environment, rather than the network, said Heeren, so VPM 4.0 has been designed to monitor all parts of the environment, and then provide easy to understand reports that can be tailored to a variety of different users.

The appliance combines technology that the company previously offered as standalone solutions, including technology from the acquisitions of Crannog Software and Visual Networks. VPM 4.0 includes configurable monitoring, using Netflow for Cisco-based networks, or other methods of monitoring for other network hardware. The solution is also capable of monitoring multi tier applications, and can integrate with other common network management solutions.

VPM 4.0 will also create quantifiable metrics for network performance, and can be set to provide alarms if performance drops below certain levels, or report on adherence to SLAs.

Providing broad visibility and deep analysis, with easy to understand reporting was key to the design of the product said Meeren.

"Your business should run, and your network should run, and you should not be wasting time trying to interpret what is happening on the network. VPM 4.0 gives you broad visibility, and at the same time, deep analysis if you need it. You can see traffic on the line, who is doing what, who is contacting the server, and if something goes wrong, you can see where the problem is exactly," he said.

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