LeCroy Corp. (Chestnut Ridge, NY) has spun off its Network Products Div. into a new company, Vigilant Networks, located in Burlington, MA. According to Leslie Swanson, president and chief executive of Vigilant Networks, the spinoff will allow the new company to focus on the networking business and allow for rapid innovation and growth.
The startup's first offering, named Big Tangerine (formerly known as NEWSline), is a network analysis tool that monitors all seven Open Systems Interconnection layers of the network simultaneously, including the physical layer, which is often a blind spot for network monitoring tools.
The growth of e-business has increased the need for rapid identification of network problems. "Network performance is one of the most crucial factors in e-business," says Swanson. Such businesses cannot spare downtime for troubleshooting.
Big Tangerine, which is installed at the switch, nonintrusively taps into the channel while the network channel is live, avoiding downtime. "Current network monitoring tools focus on packet congestion," says Swanson. "But congestion is a symptom of the problem, not the problem itself." Using digital signal processing technology, Big Tangerine pinpoints the physical source of the problem so the failing components can be replaced quickly.