Fluke, Cisco pair on WAN route optimization tool

November 26, 2007 -- Fluke Networks has introduced its PfR Manager software, a WAN route optimization tool that incorporates Cisco Systems' Performance Routing (PfR) technology.

November 26, 2007 -- Fluke Networks has introduced its PfR Manager software, a wide-area network (WAN) route optimization tool for the monitoring and analysis of enterprise and telecommunications networks that incorporates Cisco Systems' Performance Routing (PfR) technology.

According to the companies, the software is designed to promote intelligent bandwidth utilization and automatic routing optimization across multiple network paths by providing enhanced PfR configuration and management. In addition, the tool boosts network performance via application- and traffic-based policies and prioritization.

"The Cisco PfR technology coupled with Fluke Networks PfR Manager is a network innovation that will help our customers maximize the performance, availability and resiliency of their wide-area network," comments Inbar Lasser-Raab, director of network systems at Cisco. "Organizations will then be able to intelligently optimize network routes by matching network conditions to application needs. We look forward to working with Fluke Networks to further enhance our customers work environments and increase productivity for businesses."

The PfR Manager software runs on Windows-based server systems. Key benefits, according to Fluke, include: reduced network operating costs through the configuration for full utilization of all WAN links, including previously idle back-up links; improved network performance and response times through optimal configuration and monitoring of dynamic application-based routing and continuous performance measurement; simplified reporting to enable baseline measurements and simplified verification against service-level agreements (SLAs).

Fluke says the PfR Manager is the company's "first product for active management of network resources." The software is part of the company's Enterprise Performance Management platform for the delivery of application, VoIP and network performance management capabilities in converged enterprise network environments.

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