Network Instruments Unveils 40 Gb Data Center Monitoring Platform

New Interface First to Capture and Validate Full-Duplex 40 Gb Performance

Minneapolis, MN Network Instruments, a worldwide leader in network and application performance monitoring, announced today the release of its new hardware and software interface for capturing and analyzing full-duplex 40 Gb data center performance.

The platform is the first full-duplex analysis interface for 40 Gb networks. Coupled with the GigaStor™ retrospective network analysis appliance, IT teams can store up to 5 PB of traffic to validate and manage network and application performance on critical 40 Gb links.

“Our enterprise customers, as they build new data centers, are seriously investigating 40 Gb,” said Charles Thompson, director of product strategy for Network Instruments. “As the leader in optimizing performance in high-throughput environments, we have to have the right solutions ready when our clients migrate to 40 Gb. With the new platform, we guarantee the transition to higher-speed networks will be seamless and potential visibility gaps eliminated.”

40 Gb Capture Technology

Network Instruments released the new Gen2™ capture card, designed and developed in house to handle the significant data acquisition and analysis demands of 40 Gb network environments. The new card operates on both single and multimode 40 Gb links. With onboard hardware acceleration, filtering, and de-duplication, the Gen2 product line features the fastest capture cards available with the capacity to support full-duplex gigabit, 10 Gb, and 40 Gb environments.

Secure 40 Gb Access

Another key component of the company’s 40 Gb offering is the new 40 Gb multimode optical nTAP™. The full-duplex, optical nTAP is the first in the industry to provide permanent, passive access to full-duplex 40 Gb traffic. It will not introduce points of failure on the network, or impact the performance of other devices. Because it does not have an IP address or require power to function, the device is secure from hack attacks.

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Net Optics Updates the xStream Platform

Our powerful xStream chassis now delivers new convenience and reliability features!

Net Optics xStream Platform

xStream: The Springboard Platform for High-Value Solutions

Meet the enhanced Big Three xStream line: Director xStream, iLinkAgg xStream and xBalancer. New chassis improvements deliver ease of use and greater reliability:

  • Front-Facing Management and Console Interfaces – Streamlined convenience features
  • Three-Speed LED Indicator On the Management Port – What you need to know at-a-glance
  • Cisco-Compatible Console Interface – Up-to-the-minute Cisco relevance
  • Four Field-Replaceable Fan Modules – Nonstop availability (only 3 fans needed—the 4th provides redundancy)
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  • Improved system MTBF – All these improvements total up to outstanding levels of reliability and high performance!

OPNET Positioned in the “Leaders” Quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for Application Performance Monitoring

Evaluation Based in Completeness of Vision and ABility to Execute

BETHESDA, MD – August 20, 2012– OPNET Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: OPNT), the leading provider of solutions for application and network performance management, today announced that it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the “Leaders” quadrant of the “Magic Quadrant for Application Performance Monitoring” published on August 16, 2012 and written by Jonah Kowall and Will Cappelli. Gartner evaluated 14 vendors in the report, and recognized 8 in the “Leaders” quadrant based on their completeness of vision and ability to execute.

Marc Cohen, OPNET’s Chairman and CEO, stated, “We are very pleased that OPNET has been recognized by Gartner as a leader in the rapidly growing APM market.  A core part of OPNET’s business strategy has been to be a market leader in APM, both in terms of innovation and market share.  APM now represents over 70% of our product sales, and has been growing over 30% per year for the last four years.”

“Managing the performance and availability of applications has become a top priority for IT organizations,” stated Alain Cohen, OPNET’s President and CTO.  “APM offers a paradigm shift for ensuring the quality of end user experience and the continuity of business operations. We believe that Gartner’s recognition of OPNET as a leader in application performance monitoring underscores OPNET’s success in delivering innovative APM solutions that advance this critical IT discipline.”

According to P. J. Malloy, OPNET Senior Vice President of R&D and Chief Architect of APM Solutions, “APM Xpert’s capabilities are the most comprehensive in the industry, covering all key functional areas. OPNET’s High Definition APM approach emphasizes breadth and depth in monitoring, with analytics that detect patterns and pinpoint relevant information. Big Data technology is leveraged to efficiently analyze billions of transactions. OPNET’s solutions dramatically accelerate problem resolution, enable problem prevention, and improve the effectiveness of the IT organization.”

 

Rogers gives New Brunswick first taste of LTE

Canadian quadruple-play operator Rogers Communications has launched 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile broadband services in Moncton, New Brunswick, making it the first cellco to expand its commercial LTE network to the province. Rogers announced it had spent CAD20 million (USD20.3 million) on its wireless network in New Brunswick over the past two years, and chose Moncton as the first launch site in the region due to the city’s status as a business hub. Rogers added that it is continuing to expand its LTE network in existing coverage zones in and around Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax, Calgary and Vancouver, and is currently adding a number of new cities across Canada under a plan to cover approximately 60% of the population with 4G by the end of the year. Rogers plans to launch LTE in Trois Rivieres, Sherbrooke, Quebec City, Kingston, Ajax, Pickering, Oshawa, Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, St. Catharines, Niagara, Windsor, Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, London, Barrie, Sudbury, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Kelowna, Whistler, Abbotsford and Victoria, with more cities to follow in 2013.

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Network Instruments Introduces Observer 16

Translate Data into Action!

Network Instruments is proud to announce the launch of Observer 16. Our advanced technology customizes, simplifies, and visualizes data with clarity and relevancy. Automated data mining filters provide the power to quickly transform metrics into actionable information for problem resolution – and more. With a whole new slew of capabilities, check out our five top new features below.

Simplified. Customized. Relevant.

Easy to retrieve and put to use, the new Observer 16 delivers metrics your way. With features that provide customized data displays according to your unique needs, our new platform integrates a wish list of capabilities IT field professionals requested. These include comprehensive mobile support, application dependency mapping (ADM), and performance correlations. With these innovative functions, you can apply consumable data to quickly troubleshoot issues, streamline operations, maximize performance management, and more.

The wealth of data provided by our solutions has depth and breadth, with granular filters that quickly sort statistics, delivering actionable information to your desktop the way you want it. And now there’s no more sifting through volumes of complex statistics to find the specific metrics relevant to your needs. Our powerful search engine quickly locates precisely what you’re looking for – whether it’s hidden deep within the network, buried in the system, or concealed inside application haystacks.

MobileNetwork Instruments Mobile LTE Analysis

Deliver exceptional mobile experiences to your skyrocketing number of customers with our effective monitoring solution. We specialize in high-volume, high-speed networks without missing a beat – or a packet. We enable proactive control of your LTE infrastructure, preventing service degradation during times of rapid traffic and user growth while optimizing performance.

Plus, we offer widespread support of LTE elements, interfaces, and protocols, to fully characterize overall resource health and status. This includes cataloguing traffic type, post-event analysis, trending, and more. With retrospective network analysis that speeds troubleshooting by pinpointing which interface or element is degrading user experience. Used with probes, it also prevents issues by locating architectural bottlenecks before they impact services. Available with Observer Reporting Server, GigaStor, Observer, and Probes.

Application Dependency MappingNetwork Instruments - Application Dependency Mapping

When service degrades or an app creates a ruckus, problem solving is challenging. But with our application dependency mapping (ADM), you get instant understanding of every app component involved with delivery. ADM tracks relationships between various components like web servers, app servers, middleware, databases, and more. It provides an understanding of these relationships and dependencies, critical to knowing where issues can develop, and what components to investigate when problems occur.

ADM connects all the multi-tiered dots, discovers app dependencies, relationships, identifies issues, and expedites resolutions. It builds out a visual map, providing dynamic views into services, vividly highlighting which tiers are impacting performance and why. It’s also ideal for understanding the elements of applications when considering migration to a new environment. Available with Observer Reporting Server.

Global Search

When your inbox fills up with user complaints, there isn’t time to sift through massive amounts of metrics for what you need to fix the problem. With the amped-up, customized ORS search engine you can get exactly what you want using our flexible and expansive search capabilities. Just plug in relevant parameters like client, app, server, and IP address – and ORS instantly creates reports that provide the consumable information required for troubleshooting ease and resolution. With its intuitive design, our global search is so easy to use, even non-technical team members can quickly search data points for relevant information. Available with Observer Reporting Server.

Performance CorrelationsNetwork Instruments - Observer 16 Performance Correlations

Our technology allows IT teams to focus on key problem areas within the infrastructure to properly allocate budgets and eliminate performance gaps. Understanding connections between two seemingly disparate factors or network variables is essential for assessing end-user experiences and getting to the root-cause of issues. Now you can identify relationships between seemingly unrelated elements, simplifying the correlation between component behaviors and performance.

ORS brings network, application, and system elements together with diverse functions and concealed relationships to show how they impact one another in an aggregated visual display. Added benefits include the ability to constructively break down IT so cross-functional teams can more effectively collaborate and allocate limited resources for optimal service delivery. This means IT managers are no longer forced to troubleshoot within a single silo because ORS provides environmental and component relationship context – increasing accuracy, simplifying problem identification, and speeding resolution. Available with Observer Reporting Server

Multi-GigaStor AnalysisNetwork Instruments - Multi-GigaStor Analysis

For retrospective data analysis of complex network architecture, there’s no faster or more reliable appliance than the popular GigaStor. The only thing better for managing complex infrastructures? More GigaStors. For example, IT organizations are deploying their technology all over, from multiple data centers to the cloud. This results in a single transaction possibly traversing different networking centers, which can make troubleshooting difficult. But with Multi-GigaStor analysis, you can bring these separate physical locations together into a single, aggregate display – identifying the content of interest and performing merged data analysis – regardless of where it was obtained. Available with GigaStor.

For example, IT organizations are deploying their technology all over, from multiple data centers to the cloud. This results in a single transaction possibly traversing different networking centers, which can make troubleshooting difficult. But with Multi-GigaStor analysis, you can bring these separate physical locations together into a single, aggregate display – identifying the content of interest and performing merged data analysis – regardless of where it was obtained. Available with GigaStor.

SaskTel launches FTTP

Saskatchewan-based telco SaskTel has launched commercial fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) high speed broadband services under the ‘infiNET’ banner, offering data speeds of up to 200Mbps/60Mbps (download/upload). The launch forms part of a seven-year CAD670 million (USD674 million) investment programme to deploy direct fibre in the nine largest urban centres of SaskTel’s home province – Saskatoon, Regina, Moose Jaw, Weyburn, Estevan, Swift Current, Yorkton, North Battleford and Prince Albert. Customers in selected areas of Regina and Saskatoon are the first to receive infiNET services, and SaskTel estimates that over 40,000 homes will be passed by FTTP by the end of 2012. The operator will deploy infiNET to all residential areas in the nine urban centres by the end of 2017. The high speed fibre connections allow SaskTel’s broadband subscribers to add up to seven High Definition (HD) IPTV set-top boxes in one home/premises.

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Telus expands British Columbia LTE coverage

Telus has expanded its 4G LTE mobile broadband network coverage in the western Canadian province of British Columbia, launching its high speed data services to additional locations including Burnaby, North Vancouver, New Westminster, South Delta and West Vancouver, under a plan to cover 90% of the province’s population by the end of this year.

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