March 26, 2008 -- Fluke Networks has introduced Visual Performance Manager 4.0, an updated release of the company's network performance management system.
The company says the new release offers a new, high-end application performance appliance coupled with a patented software analytics engine, as well as enhanced integration of data sources. This set of capabilities is unique to the performance management space, contends Fluke, allowing users to pinpoint exactly where performance slowdowns occur, permitting faster problem resolution.
According to the company, Visual Performance Manager 4.0 helps organizations increase control and optimize delivery of business services in a multi-tier application environment. For critical applications, such as Oracle, Citrix, Microsoft SQL and MySQL, the new application performance appliance in Visual Performance Manager 4.0 provides end-to-end transaction visibility from the back-end server farm to the remote site end-user. The software supports rapid identification of the problem domain (application, network or server), and also provides the ability to drill down into the specific tier of the application that may be causing the problem.
Visual Performance Manager 4.0 also offers unified features to improve the efficiency of IT teams, including a common definition of data sources for applications, sites and clients, and an event viewer that integrates alarms from multiple infrastructure data sources and from dedicated Visual Performance Manager data collection hardware. In the new release, Visual Performance Manager 4.0 also supports multi-tenancy to facilitate managed services provisioning.
Fluke notes that the new release also offers an intelligent alarm view which "learns" based on real-world data. The event viewer unifies alarms from data sources such as Visual Performance Manager Analysis Service Elements (ASEs) and the application performance appliance; this provides a more efficient way to handle exception incidents, allowing IT departments to focus limited resources on resolving the most critical issues.
"Using Visual Performance Manager, we can react far more nimbly to reported problems and resolve them through diagnosis and correction, rather than through the purchase of unnecessary additional capacity," attests Amir Niaz, global telecom network manager at Videojet (Wood Dale, IL), an international manufacturer of product identification technology with a service footprint covering 48 sites globally and a user community of nearly 3000. "Our newfound efficiency has allowed us to embark on strategic, proactive planning efforts, improving network and application performance for the user."
The new application performance analysis software and appliance in Visual Performance Manager 4.0 will be available June 2008. For more product information, go to www.flukenetworks.com/vpm.