Fluke adds troubleshooting option to OptiView network analyzer

October 12, 2007 -- The portable network monitoring and troubleshooting tool now incorporates an application troubleshooting expert option.

October 12, 2007 -- Fluke Networks has introduced what it calls "major new capabilities" for its OptiView Series III Integrated Network Analyzer. The portable monitoring and troubleshooting tool now incorporates an application troubleshooting expert option that "dramatically reduces" time to problem identification, says the company.

According to the company, via the new capabilities, users can now use the tool to see new views of network traffic, including round trip network latency, plus the response time of the far end server. Traffic data is presented via a new graphical transactions chart, presenting results in visual format. The chart includes drill-down capability for quickly and easily capturing packet level detail.

"Our customers tell us they have to constantly prove that application problems are not network problems," says Dan Klimke, Fluke's marketing manager for portable network analysis. "They need to provide evidence to other groups within IT showing where the real source of the problem resides. The new application troubleshooting expert gives them that proof."

The tool also now includes the OptiView Reporter capability, which turns automated network discovery into complete network documentation using Visio-based mapping. This capability simplifies and reduces the time to complete documentation tasks, says the company.

Also, the company reports that the analyzer can now see all VLANs on the network by analyzing all VLAN-tagged traffic. This capability helps in identifying and resolving VLAN configuration questions, and balancing traffic loads between VLANS. With the deployment of VoIP VLANs all the way to the desktop, ensuring correct configurations is vital for voice quality, notes the company.

The application troubleshooting expert option for the OptiView Series III Integrated Network Analyzer is available now from Fluke Networks' channel partners. Upgrade details for existing Integrated Network Analyzer owners can be found here.

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