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Fluke Networks Unveils Latest Version of Visual Performance Manager with Enhancements

March 02, 2009

Fluke Networks, a Washington-based provider of technologies and solutions for networking professionals, has released its new version of networked application performance e-assurance system – Visual Performance Manager 5.0 along with enhancements to the older version. The new feature included is the capability to pinpoint root cause of application slow downs in the network.

Visual Performance Manager 5.0 is a unified system that provides integrated views and data correlation for effective management of application availability and response time analytics. The system leverages Cisco WAAS (wide area application services) and understands the impact of application acceleration, thereby offering measurements, report as well as demonstrating the return on investment (ROI) of Cisco WAAS (wide area application services) deployments. The system evaluates both the pass-through (non-accelerated) and Cisco WAAS-accelerated application end user response times.
With the assistance of this e-assurance system, Fluke said that the network engineers will be able to optimize the delivery of critical business services to the enterprises by comparing the performance of both accelerated and non-accelerated applications in Cisco WAAS optimized environments.
The system actually identifies the WAAS Policy that is used in each transaction like TCP flow optimization, data redundancy elimination, application optimizers and compression. Such information are key points used for optimizing the mix of business applications that are delivered over the wide area network, in order to maximize bandwidth usage as well as enhance end user productivity, said the company.
“Complete visibility of networked applications is critical for the proper management and delivery of business services,” said Scott Allen, vice president of marketing for the performance management business unit at Fluke Networks. “By supporting Cisco WAAS and providing quick access from executive overview to problem diagnosis, Fluke Networks empowers network teams with the best visibility and information to support the business.”
Apart from integration with Cisco WAAS, the Visual Performance Manager 5.0 also features new executive overviews of the status of critical business applications. This facilitates in fast validation of business services delivery and also better utilization of IT resources.  
In order to make the availability of executive overviews of status, heat chart concept is made use of and thereby the system can display and track end user response time of multi-tier applications for intervals ranging from one day up to one year.
Fluke said that the conformance and deviations from the response time baselines are indicated by green, yellow, or red. With these easy indications, the network manager can easily click through the heat chart to the actual alarm and the affected sites whenever deviation occurs, thereby considerably enhancing the up root cause analysis.
Fluke Networks is a provider of solutions for the installation and certification, testing, monitoring and analysis of networks (copper, fiber and wireless) that are used by enterprises and telecommunications carriers.
Fluke Networks claims that its full line of Network SuperVision solutions facilitates network installers, owners, as well as maintainers with better vision, combining speed, accuracy and ease of use to optimize network performance.

Jayashree Adkoli is a contributing editor for unified communications. To read more of Jayashree's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Tim Gray

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