Fluke Networks acquired AirMagnet

FlukeWith its acquisition of wireless LAN design, management and security vendor AirMagnet, Fluke Networks is positioning itself to be a vendor of choice for enterprises that are trying to manage hybridized networks with both wired Ethernet and wireless LAN technology.

“The bottom line is that enterprises are going to have hybrid networks for a really, really long time,” said Paul DeBeasi, senior analyst with Burton Group. “I’m having a lot more phone conversations with enterprises that are looking at new deployments where they want to just go all wireless for network access. What that really means is wireless LAN for access and wired Ethernet used for backhaul and also for switch trunks and data center connections.”

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Fluke claims fix for Cisco WAAS issues

FlukeThe latest version of Fluke Networks’ Visual Performance Manager can diagnose and fix performance problems in Cisco’s WAAS application acceleration, as well as measuring the ROI achieved by WAAS, Fluke has claimed.

The software also applies expert guidance and rules to help network administrators get to the root of a problem faster, and provides red/yellow/green dashboards or “heat charts” to show executive managers how problems affect the performance of critical network applications, the company said
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VPM version 5 can compare the accelerated and non-accelerated performance of an application, and drill through to see exactly how WAAS is accelerating WAN traffic, said Fluke business development manager Doug Roberts. It has some similarity with technology from NetQoS, he noted.

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