November 2, 2007 -- Fluke Networks has introduced its Visual Performance Manager, a unified performance management system designed to provide depth of visibility for network and application performance across an entire enterprise. The company maintains that the system addresses a major problem facing today's IT teams, i.e. that of managing end-to-end performance and user quality of experience of applications, VoIP communications, and network performance across distributed enterprises.
"IT staffs are very concerned with their ability to monitor and manage the myriad of products and services at their branch locations," points out Robin Gareiss, executive vice president of Nemertes Research. "Often, they don't have the tools they need to measure application and network performance before and after a new IT initiative. Without this data, they can't document success or failure of IT projects, so it's imperative to invest in products that deliver that information."
To answer this need, Fluke says its Visual Performance Manager system provides easy-to-understand views that quickly identify performance degradation while providing in-depth, root cause analysis of performance issues. According to the company, the broad visibility offered by the system can help IT organizations introduce new business and application services faster, more efficiently and with less risk by displaying detailed resource utilization and rapidly showing the impact of changes. The system can also reduce the time needed to determine whether a problem is associated with the network, server or application. Combined with the ability to drill into root causality, the system offers significantly shorter time to actual resolution and turn-up, contends the company.
"Our customers have been asking for a unified, end-to-end performance management system," explains Jeff Lime, Fluke Networks' senior vice president of marketing. "We have delivered by integrating three great technologies into one system that adds tremendous value to both our current and potential customers."
According to the company, the Visual Performance Manager provides visual management tools using information from an array of data sources -- including data collected from the network infrastructure, dedicated hardware and other Web-based enterprise management applications -- to provide a comprehensive picture of enterprise performance. The system also represents Fluke Networks' integration of two recently acquired product lines, Visual UpTime Select and NetFlow Tracker, into a cohesive management suite.
"Fluke Networks' Visual Performance Manager will allow us to integrate the full range of our application performance management services for our customers from a single pane of glass," attests Fang Wu, vice president, customer solutions, at NTT America, Inc. "Other monitoring services and tools we provide can now be combined within Visual Performance Manager and integrated into our existing portals to give our customers the level of collective detail they need at each network site to best manage the performance of their critical applications."
Finally, the Visual Performance Manager is designed as an extensible platform. The system offers easy integration of new data sources, user-definable access control, and customizable views and reports as management needs change over time. The system is available for immediate delivery, as part of Fluke Networks' Enterprise Performance Management platform.