NETSCOUT’s Fluke Networks Enterprise Solutions broadens support for 802.11ac wireless network standard

Fluke NetworksAs more organisations embrace mobile computing and consumers increasingly rely on mobile devices to manage their always-on, hyper-connected world, Wi-Fi networks are quickly becoming the backbone for delivering an optimal user experience. According to Cisco’s Visual Networking Index report, wired devices will account for just 33 per cent of IP traffic by 2019, while Wi-Fi and mobile devices will account for 66 percent (1) . Recognising the interdependency of wired and wireless networks, Fluke Networks Enterprise Solutions, a business unit of NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC. (NASDAQ: NTCT) is rolling out new 802.11ac functionality in two of its most popular portable network analysis and troubleshooting tools, the OptiView® XG Network Analysis Tablet and the OneTouch™ AT Generation 2 Network Assistant.

“People increasingly judge the quality of a network by wireless access performance. If users experience a slow Wi-Fi network, or they can’t connect to it, or they keep losing the connection, their frustration mounts and the entire network becomes suspect,” said Daryle DeBalski, vice president and general manager of Fluke Networks Enterprise Solutions. “A faster wireless technology standard like 802.11ac offers significant upside, but only if IT teams can keep the network running at optimal levels. Our expanded support for 802.11ac gives IT leaders peace of mind, knowing their teams can quickly find and fix any wired or wireless performance issue to maximise end-user experience.”

The appetite for Wi-Fi is growing faster than the infrastructure to support it

According to the Wi-Fi Alliance, a non-profit consortium of companies that develop Wi-Fi products and services, more than 42 per cent of the world’s mobile data traffic and more than 90 per cent of the world’s tablet traffic ran over Wi-Fi in 2014, (2). At the same time, the number of network-connected devices continues to grow at a staggering rate of nearly 20 per cent by 2016 (3), according to independent research firm Infonetics.

With the number of enterprise users expected to grow by 10 per cent over the next two years (4) and each of those users more likely to carry one or more connected devices, enterprise organisations are moving quickly to adopt 802.11ac. However, upgrading to 802.11ac is not a simple 1:1 replacement of existing 802.11 technologies.

Everything wireless starts with a wire

The 802.11ac wireless standard promises to triple the speed of Wi-Fi network connections, but unless the entire network infrastructure (both wired and wireless) can handle those speeds, end users aren’t likely to experience the full benefit of 802.11ac. Organisations upgrading to the faster standard need a holistic way to plan, analyse and troubleshoot the entire network infrastructure, rather than relying on multiple point solutions to test separate components of the network.

Fluke Networks Enterprise Solutions puts organisations back in control of the performance of their entire IT landscape and the user experience it provides—regardless of whether services are running on wired or wireless networks.

The OptiView XG is the first tablet specifically designed for the network engineer. It automates root cause analysis of both wired and wireless network and application problems, saving the engineer significant time and effort. The new version of OptiView XG comes with the full suite of AirMagnet Mobile tools already built in, letting XG users leverage the industry’s premier wireless network planning, deployment, troubleshooting, and security solution in combination with the market leading wired analysis capabilities.

The OneTouch AT is an automated handheld tester that network technicians use to troubleshoot both Ethernet and Wi-Fi network performance in real time by validating connectivity, service availability and path performance.

Both products are rugged, portable devices, letting IT teams connect, analyse and troubleshoot issues from anywhere—from their desk, in the data centre or at an end user’s location—using a single, integrated wireline and wireless portable tool. This lets network engineers and technicians alike:

• reduce IT costs, simplify workload, and minimise user complaints with instant answers and guidance on security, performance, and voice issues
• simultaneously validate wired and wireless infrastructure performance, mirroring the actual experience of end users
• speed detection, location and resolution of faults, freeing up IT teams to work on other initiatives.

The OptiView XG Network Analysis Table and OneTouch AT G2 Network Assistant with new 802.11ac functionality are now available. For more information about Fluke Networks Enterprise Solutions support for 802.11ac, visit http://www.flukenetworks.com/content/80211ac.

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About NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC.
NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC. (NASDAQ: NTCT) is a market leader in real-time service assurance and cybersecurity solutions for today’s most demanding service provider, enterprise and government networks. NETSCOUT’s Adaptive Service Intelligence (ASI) technology continuously monitors the service delivery environment to identify performance issues and provides insight into network-based security threats, helping teams to quickly resolve issues that can cause business disruptions or impact user experience. NETSCOUT delivers unmatched service visibility and protects the digital infrastructure that supports our connected world. To learn more, visit www.netscout.com.

©2015 NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC. All rights reserved. NETSCOUT, the NETSCOUT logo, Guardians of the Connected World, Adaptive Service Intelligence, InfiniStream, and nGeniusONE are registered trademarks or trademarks of NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. Third-party trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners.

Editorial Note: Fluke Networks Enterprise Solutions is a provider of network performance monitoring and diagnostics solutions designed to streamline issue resolution and ensure an optimal end-user experience in today’s borderless enterprise. Organisations worldwide trust Fluke Networks to help solve their toughest issues and emerging challenges in WLAN security, SaaS, mobility, unified communications and data centres. NETSCOUT is a market leader in service assurance and cybersecurity solutions for today’s most demanding service provider, enterprise and government networks. Connect at www.flukenetworks.com.

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1 Cisco Systems. Visual Networking Index: Forecast and Methodology, 2014-2019 White Paper. May 2015. Available online at http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/solutions/collateral/service-provider/ip-ngn-ip-next-generation-network/white_paper_c11-481360.html
2 Wi-Fi Alliance. 2014 Annual Report. Available online at http://www.nxtbook.com/splash/WiFi_Alliance/wifi_annualreport2014.php
3 Infonetics. IHS Infonetics Wireless LAN Equipment and WiFi Phones Report. June 2015. Available online at: https://www.infonetics.com/cgp/login.asp?id=963
4 Ibid.

NETSCOUT’s Fluke Networks Enterprise Solutions wins NetworkWorld Asia 2015 Readers’ Choice Award

Fluke NetworksOctober 28, 2015 Fluke Networks Enterprise Solutions, a business unit of NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC. (NASDAQ: NTCT), has been named a NetworkWorld Asia 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards winner in the ‘network testing, monitoring & protection’ category.

The latest NetworkWorld Asia Readers’ Choice Product Excellence Awards recognise solution providers that have made the greatest impact on Asian end-user organisations in 2015. The awards are based on votes from qualified readers of NetworkWorld Asia, Networks Asia, Asia Cloud Forum, Security Asia and Storage Asia.

The ‘network testing, monitoring & protection’ category award identifies the best tools and services that monitor and test corporate networks, troubleshoot problems, and protect network infrastructure integrity.

Amit Rao, Senior Director of Business Development, Fluke Networks Enterprise Solutions, said, “Fluke Networks Enterprise Solutions is honoured to win the Readers’ Choice Awards 2015 in the ‘network testing, monitoring & protection’ category. This award reflects Fluke Networks Enterprise Solutions’ commitment to providing the highest-quality network performance monitoring and diagnostics solutions to streamline issue resolution and ensure optimal end-user experience in today’s increasingly borderless enterprises.

“The award win also validates Fluke Networks Enterprise Solutions development of its borderless enterprise strategy, which includes the tools organisations need to test and monitor the network, to mitigate the negative impact and equip IT leaders with the insight they need. This is highly important in today’s market, as IT organisations grapple with effective network and application management made increasingly complex due to several trends that diminish visibility into the company’s application delivery infrastructure. These include, cloud computing, BYOD, mobility, unified communications, and shadow IT.”

The award will be presented on October 29, 2015 at One Farrer Hotel & Spa in Singapore.

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About NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC.
NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC. (NASDAQ: NTCT) is a market leader in real-time service assurance and cybersecurity solutions for today’s most demanding service provider, enterprise and government networks. NETSCOUT’s Adaptive Service Intelligence (ASI) technology continuously monitors the service delivery environment to identify performance issues and provides insight into network-based security threats, helping teams to quickly resolve issues that can cause business disruptions or impact user experience.  NETSCOUT delivers unmatched service visibility and protects the digital infrastructure that supports our connected world. To learn more, visit www.netscout.com.

©2015 NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC.  All rights reserved. NETSCOUT, the NETSCOUT logo, Guardians of the Connected World, Adaptive Service Intelligence, InfiniStream, and nGeniusONE are registered trademarks or trademarks of NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. Third-party trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners.

Editorial Note: Fluke Networks Enterprise Solutions is a provider of network performance monitoring and diagnostics solutions designed to streamline issue resolution and ensure an optimal end-user experience in today’s borderless enterprise. Organisations worldwide trust Fluke Networks to help solve their toughest issues and emerging challenges in WLAN security, SaaS, mobility, unified communications and data centres. NETSCOUT is a market leader in service assurance and cybersecurity solutions for today’s most demanding service provider, enterprise and government networks. Connect at www.flukenetworks.com.

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New borderless enterprise strategy from Fluke Networks aims to help IT leaders improve end-user experience, business value

Fluke NetworksMay 22, 2015 – In response to fundamental shifts in the way enterprises architect their IT networks and datacentres, Fluke Networks has unveiled a comprehensive strategy to align its product portfolio around the needs of the borderless enterprise, which is any organisation whose end users rely on the unencumbered flow of digital information to conduct business.

Fluke Networks’ product strategy focuses on putting organisations back in control of the performance of their entire IT landscape, regardless of whether services are running on premise or in the cloud, with a portfolio of powerful, easy-to-use tools. With the recent launch of TruView Live, a new Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offering, Fluke Networks is also extending enterprise-grade, real-time network activity and performance monitoring to cover cloud applications.

“IT departments have traditionally focused on technology, service delivery and stability, while line-of-business leaders are eager to adopt solutions that enable rapid competitive advantage and winning more customers. These different perspectives can sometimes create tension between IT and business leaders, but they can all agree poor user experience has a cost, whether it’s lost customer relationships, decreased revenues or reduced employee productivity,” said Arif Kareem, President of Fluke Networks.

“Traditional IT has reached an inflection point where balancing technology and business outcomes is critical. With the growing influence of business units in selecting and bringing cloud-based services into the enterprise, IT leaders have to not only act as business partners, but also ensure Quality of Service for all applications. By taking accountability for improving user experience, IT can demonstrate a critical business benefit.”

Point-solution tools don’t work in the borderless enterprise
Many IT departments rely on multiple point-solution tools to monitor and troubleshoot application and network performance. However, these lack the holistic view required to measure end-user experience, a performance metric both business and IT leaders can understand and embrace. By monitoring actual response time experienced by end users, IT can align its objectives with those of the business and demonstrate its value.

The lack of a holistic view also inhibits IT’s ability to identify and solve problems, sometimes requiring days or weeks to identify the root cause of an issue. Analyst firm Forrester recently reported that 31 per cent of corporate network performance issues take more than a month to resolve.

Degraded network performance results in significant risk, according to a research recently conducted by Enterprise Management Associates. The survey results indicate a majority of enterprises have experienced poor application performance on at least an occasional basis. The consequences of poor application performance cited by survey respondents included revenue impact (67 per cent), reduced user productivity (77 per cent), and negative customer experience (79 per cent).

The report also highlights how IT struggles to address cloud application performance issues.
• 29 per cent of respondents said they had poor visibility into network performance
• 21 per cent said they had poor visibility into application performance, and
• 41 per cent reported difficulty troubleshooting performance issues once they were aware of problems.

The borderless enterprise strategy helps IT leaders demonstrate business value
Fluke Networks’ suite of products that help IT identify performance and user experience issues across a wide range of devices, applications, locations and cloud providers include:
Visual TruView – a unified network and application performance monitoring appliance that helps IT quickly identify and solve issues across client, network, service and applications by incorporating five tools in one
OptiView XG – a rugged, portable tablet for network engineers that combines wired and wireless network analysis to troubleshoot issues and assess network quality for VoIP/Video/UC deployments
OneTouch AT 10G Network Assistant – an automated handheld tester for network technicians that troubleshoots 10-Gigabit data centres and validates connectivity, service availability and path performance
AirMagnet – a comprehensive suite of products that address wireless network design, analysis and security, including intrusion prevention, wireless health assessment and remote troubleshooting
TruView Live – a SaaS offering that delivers enterprise-grade cloud application monitoring in real time to ensure service availability and performance

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Notes to editors
The Borderless Enterprise
IT organisations increasingly grapple with effective network and application management, due to several trends that diminish their visibility into and control over their company’s application delivery infrastructure, particularly if it includes both on-premise and cloud services. Cloud computing (especially SaaS), BYOD, mobile users, unified communications and so-called shadow IT in the enterprise add complexity to network and application management. Fluke Networks developed its borderless enterprise strategy to mitigate the negative impact and equip IT leaders with the insight they need.

Every company is a digital company
The challenges of the borderless enterprise come at a time when companies are more dependent than ever on innovative digital technologies to achieve business goals, whether technologies reside inside or outside corporate borders. Recent research from independent analyst firm IDC shows that CEOs expect their CIOs to drive significant digital transformation within the enterprise, while still maintaining the traditional IT infrastructure.

At the same time, end users have higher expectations. They demand responsive application performance, whether applications reside in the cloud or on premise, whether they are employees working in the office or remotely, or customers using personal or business devices. In today’s typically fragmented IT organisation, accountability and ownership for user experience is unclear. Helpdesk personnel and business application owners may be able to assist with training, application troubleshooting or device tips, but they are not typically held accountable for line-of-business cloud applications and don’t have a view that enables them to find and resolve performance issues.

About Fluke Networks
Fluke Networks is the world-leading provider of network performance monitoring and diagnostics solutions designed to streamline issue resolution and ensure an optimal end-user experience—even in today’s borderless enterprise. Leading organisations worldwide trust Fluke Networks to help solve their toughest issues and emerging challenges in WLAN security, SaaS, mobility, unified communications and data centres. Based in Everett, Wash., the company distributes products in more than 50 countries. For more information, visit www.FlukeNetworks.com.

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Fluke Networks unveils TruView™ Live – a SaaS that adds cloud application monitoring to the industry’s most complete network and application performance management solution

Fluke NetworksMay 21, 2015 – The increasing use of business-critical cloud applications to drive innovation and agile response to emerging opportunities has come at a cost to the enterprises adopting them: a lack of complete visibility into network and application performance, which leads to increased potential for a poor end-user experience. In an effort to overcome this challenge, Fluke Networks has introduced TruView™ Live, a new Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offering that provides real-time monitoring of applications, platforms and infrastructure delivered as a service.

Using TruView Live, IT teams can gain the end-to-end visibility needed to rapidly pinpoint and resolve problems, deliver an optimal end-user experience and ensure their organisations realise the full value of cloud services. TruView Live is the company’s newest addition to its Borderless Enterprise product portfolio.

Eighty-two per cent of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy today, up from 74 per cent in 2014 . As more data and applications move to the cloud, delivering positive end-user experiences has become more difficult—and more expensive. Roughly 60 per cent of availability and performance errors are the result of misconfigurations by IT , and the average network outage costs $7,900 per minute . The loss of control and revenue dictates a new approach to measuring network and application performance that can accommodate applications that reside on premise or in the cloud.

“The popularity of cloud-based applications like Office365 and Salesforce.com, and the emergence of ‘Shadow IT’ mean it’s far more challenging for IT leaders to gain visibility and assert influence over the entire IT infrastructure,” said Daryle DeBalski, vice president and general manager of the Enterprise business unit at Fluke Networks.

“As enterprise IT evolves from a service provider to a value provider, IT organisations have a valuable opportunity to demonstrate their worth by focusing on the end-user experience as a key performance indicator. TruView Live gives IT the ability to do exactly that by bridging the divide between the datacentre and the cloud, giving IT end-to-end visibility of their networks once again.”

The TruView Live approach: In the cloud, for the cloud
As a completely scalable subscription service, TruView Live offers considerable flexibility and ease of use to help IT teams start monitoring their cloud services in just a few minutes. Designed to operate either independently or in conjunction with Fluke Networks’ existing portfolio of network and application performance solutions, TruView Live is easy to install and needs no specialised knowledge or training.

With TruView Live, IT administrators can now:
• Monitor end-to-end availability and performance of networks in real time with a single dashboard
• Receive alerts and set performance thresholds to resolve issues before they become a user issue
• Isolate problems and proactively respond to keep the business productive
• Produce accurate reporting of SaaS performance and SLAs to management as needed

TruView Live gathers information and monitors application availability and performance via an active test sensor called a Pulse. There are three types of Pulse, which can be used in any combination:

TruView Pulse: A small, plug-and-play, active test micro-appliance that connects directly to the network on any Ethernet port. Because of its agentless architecture, system administrators can plug TruView Pulse into wiring closets, subnets, or anywhere in the datacentre itself.

Virtual Pulse: Free, downloadable software for Windows and Linux. Software Pulses enable test commencement in just a few minutes—even on user laptops, which is especially useful for IT administrators when they need immediate real-time monitoring due to a user having problems at a remote location.

Global Pulse: A Pulse hosted in the cloud in several locations worldwide. A Global Pulse has the same monitoring capability of a TruView Pulse or Virtual Pulse and provides an external third-party reference to help triangulate the location of connectivity and performance issues. A Global Pulse can be deployed with the click of a button and requires no software download or hardware deployment.

The convenience of subscription service
TruView Live, like many of the systems it monitors, is a pay-as-you-go service. That means businesses can add to their subscription as their cloud services monitoring needs evolve. Most network administrators are familiar with other proven Fluke Networks products. With TruView Live, they are assured of the same quality when monitoring their cloud services.

TruView Live is available in three service levels, based on the number of cloud services a business desires to monitor. For more product information, pricing, or to start a free trial, visit https://app.truviewlive.com/signup.

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About Fluke Networks
Fluke Networks is the world-leading provider of network performance monitoring and diagnostics solutions designed to streamline issue resolution and ensure an optimal end-user experience—even in today’s borderless enterprise. Leading organisations worldwide trust Fluke Networks to help solve their toughest issues and emerging challenges in WLAN security, SaaS, mobility, unified communications and data centres. Based in Everett, Wash., the company distributes products in more than 50 countries. For more information, visit www.FlukeNetworks.com.

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Fluke Networks introduces Link-Solutions – the adaptable toolset for network connectivity testing, documentation and reporting

Fluke NetworksMarch 11, 2015 – Fluke Networks has unveiled Link-Solutions, a combination of the industry’s most popular network testers and cloud-based reporting, which provides organisations greater flexibility and convenience in how they manage their network connectivity test results. Based on Fluke Networks’ popular LinkRunner and LinkSprinter hand-held network testers, Link-Solutions provides a cohesive way for PC and front-line technicians, field-managed IT teams, system integrators and VARs to conduct copper, fibre and Ethernet tests and then manage their test results – regardless of which testers they used – via a unified cloud-based dashboard. The company also announced the availability of the award-winning LinkSprinter outside North America for the first time.

An adaptable network connectivity testing solution designed to grow with any business
Link-Solutions comprises three products that work together to provide IT organisations unmatched flexibility in how they manage their network connectivity test results. As an organisation’s network becomes more complex, they can use the more sophisticated components of Link-Solutions, which include:

LinkRunner AT Network Tester. One of the industry’s most widely used handheld testers, the LinkRunner AT provides a complete copper and fibre optic network testing solution, including network connectivity at 10M/100M/1G, link status verification, PoE loading, connectivity type and signal strength. LinkRunner also features a one-button AutoTest, which performs a complete set of network connectivity tests for both copper and fibre, and quickly shows the results.

LinkSprinter family of pocket-sized network testers. In addition to the existing DHCP, Gateway and Internet connection confirmations offered by LinkSprinter 100 and 200, Fluke Networks is introducing a new model, the LinkSprinter 300, which measures cable status and length, and can also flash the hub port. One new feature common to both the LinkSprinter and LinkRunner AT devices is buffer size, which has increased to accommodate data from up to 12 test results, rather than the previous maximum of four.

Link-Live Cloud Service. Tying together the test results from both the LinkRunner AT and LinkSprinter, this cloud service provides a unified view of all test results for a project in a single interface. Link-Live Cloud Service offers two subscription levels to suit the specific needs of each organisation – a free “Essentials” service that comes standard with all LinkRunner AT and LinkSprinter tools, and a new “Job Pro” service, which offers an expanded feature set for a subscription fee. The annual fee for the Job Pro service starts at $48 per year (USD) and includes unlimited testing and support for up to 10 testers.

In addition to these new features, Fluke Networks also introduced bundled pricing for Link-Solutions, which offers organisations a discount for buying either a full Link-Solutions kit containing both products, or a set of LinkSprinters in a five- or 10-pack bundle.

“Link-Solutions addresses multiple issues. Whether it’s simply providing a tester priced low enough so every team member can have their own tester, or matching testers to the skill level of each user, Link-Solutions brings unmatched adaptability and affordability to test results management,” said Daryle DeBalski, vice president and general manager of the Enterprise business unit for Fluke Networks. “Our cloud service runs on an intuitive interface that can be accessed from any smart device or computer, allowing users to review, edit and annotate LinkSprinter and LinkRunner AT results in just a few seconds. This is a huge leap in convenience and timesaving for anyone on a jobsite or managing a project – especially when using both tools at the same time.”

Link-Live Job Pro offers sophisticated features for organisations with more complex needs
The Link-Live Job Pro service streamlines test results management and enables organisations to move smoothly from one tool to another:

Reporting and Analytics – Link-Live Pro offers users the ability to generate detailed analytics pages from a combination of LinkSprinter or LinkRunner devices. The reports include graphical representations of test results and are completely customisable, including adding a company logo – an especially useful feature for system integrators and VARs that need to send reports to a client as evidence of a completed job.

Detailed Documentation – Link-Live Pro allows users to attach photos from mobile devices to the test results. Technicians can run tests and take images of a wall jack or an installed device’s serial number – a benefit for installers who need to keep evidence of any completed work.

Simplified Workflow – Link-Live is browser-based, which means organisations need never download a smart phone app. Field technicians can simply use their smart mobile device to capture field data and add it to single or multiple test results as a comment. Comments can be pre-configured and as granular as necessary to provide reference for single or multiple tests.

Project Management – Users can organise test results for each project, based on job sites, specific buildings, a floor location, etc. in advance of starting actual testing. This highly customisable feature means test results can be pre-sorted and auto-filed as they are completed, including any images or comments that need to be associated with a specific test.

Link-Solution products are now available in select countries worldwide. Please visit http://www.Link-Solutions.com for more information.

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About Fluke Networks
Fluke Networks is the world-leading provider of network performance monitoring and diagnostics solutions designed to streamline issue resolution and ensure an optimal end-user experience—even in today’s borderless enterprise. Leading organisations worldwide trust Fluke Networks to help solve their toughest issues and emerging challenges in WLAN security, SaaS, mobility, unified communications and data centres. Based in Everett, Wash., the company distributes products in more than 50 countries. For more information, visit www.FlukeNetworks.com.

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Fluke Networks introduces LinkWare™ Live Professional Edition, featuring cable certification project management from any smart mobile device

Fluke NetworksFebruary 25, 2015Fluke Networks has unveiled a powerful new edition of LinkWare Live™, the industry’s fastest-growing cloud-based cable certification project management service. Building on the success of LinkWare Live Essentials the new LinkWare Live Professional™ further streamlines workflow for contractor project managers and field technicians, providing cabling certification project status on any smart, mobile device. LinkWare Live Professional supports browser based, remote tester configuration and real-time reconciliation between the project manager’s test setup and the field technician’s uploaded results.

With LinkWare Live Professional, project managers gain more visibility and control on the job site, ensuring their cabling installation projects will be finished on time, leading to more satisfied and faster-paying customers.

“With the launch of LinkWare Live Essentials last year, we helped our Versiv customers save time and money by dramatically simplifying test results management, eliminating problems associated with improper test setups and lost test results,” said Jason Wilbur, vice president and general manager of the datacom installation business unit at Fluke Networks. “Now less than six months later, we are introducing LinkWare Live Professional, which allows project managers, engineers and consultants to properly configure copper and fibre cabling certification projects in the cloud, deploy these configurations to testers in the field at the push of a button, and monitor the actual progress onsite in near real time as technicians sync their test results. With LinkWare Live Professional, they can support their cable installation teams all over the world from anywhere in the world.”

The leader in cloud enablement for network cabling installation
Fluke Networks pioneered the direct tester-to-cloud connection with LinkWare Live Essentials, enabling contractors to upload copper and fibre certification test results straight from testers in the field, eliminating wasted time and cutting the risk of lost or corrupt test results. The service became an immediate success, with thousands of new users signed up since its launch.
 
LinkWare Live Professional builds on those capabilities by offering two-way interaction among the always-mobile project manager, technicians and their test equipment to eliminate errors and monitor job progress. They can now set up new jobs for multiple testers, assign cable IDs and configure test limits with just a few keystrokes, and push them to the cloud for access by testers anywhere in the world.

Once the job is complete, field technicians upload the results directly from the tester to the LinkWare Live cloud service, which automatically assigns copper and fibre test results to the correct project. Project managers can easily verify that results comply with the setup configuration they deployed to their testers and technicians in the field and then more quickly generate LinkWare Reports to deliver to their customer.

LinkWare Live Professional streamlines contractor workflows and accelerates payment through a variety of new features:

  • Two-way communication between the tester and the cloud
  • Simple browser-based test setup and configuration, with the ability to generate cable IDs
  • Test setup corrections and updates to Versiv devices without removing them from the field
  • Notifications of incorrect test settings
  • Free storage of up to 200,000 copper or 10,000 fibre results (links) or a combination of the two.

Both LinkWare Live Essentials and LinkWare Live Professional are now available as free services in multiple languages for Versiv owners worldwide. LinkWare Live Professional will become a monthly subscription service after 2015.

Learn more:
Visit the Fluke Networks LinkWare Live page for more details.

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About Fluke Networks
Fluke Networks is the world-leading provider of network test and monitoring solutions to speed the deployment and improve the performance of networks and applications. Leading enterprises and service providers trust Fluke Networks’ products and expertise to help solve today’s toughest issues and emerging challenges in WLAN security, mobility, unified communications and data centres. Based in Everett, Wash., the company distributes products in more than 50 countries. For more information, visit http://www.FlukeNetworks.com.

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Fluke Networks makes dynamic responses to wireless threats and true “no-wireless” zones realities with new capabilities in AirMagnet Enterprise

Fluke NetworksFebruary 13, 2015 – Last year, hackers stole roughly 81.5 million records while carrying out more than 740 confirmed data breaches. Many of the attacks targeted household name brands, costing the global economy up to $575 billion annually*, and destroying consumer confidence—all while each company believed its data were secure. To combat this ever-growing threat, Fluke Networks has announced a major upgrade to its market-leading AirMagnet Enterprise wireless security solution.

With timely dynamic threat updates, location tracking and alerting of cellular or Wi-Fi devices, AirMagnet Enterprise is the first wireless intrusion detection and prevention (WIDS/WIPS) solution that lets enterprises and agencies enforce a 24×7 “no-wireless” zone. It also helps organisations meet stringent new PCI 3.0 compliance standards, includes a captive portal support for assuring guest wireless networks, and provides 802.11ac detection, location and blocking of rogue devices.

As mobile data, mobile devices and security breaches continue their stratospheric climb, the ability to immediately identify all rogue wireless activities, regardless of network type, and enforce a “no-wireless” zone is critical for organisations that deal with sensitive information and need to secure their vital data centres. AirMagnet Enterprise provides complete unified wireless (802.11a/b/g/n/ac) and cellular (3G, 4G LTE, CDMA) spectrum security across the entire wireless network infrastructure.

David Coffin, CTO of Fluke Networks explains, “AirMagnet Enterprise’s improved event detection helps IT teams actively identify, locate and mitigate cellular and Wi-Fi security threats such as unauthorised cellular and Wi-Fi devices and jammers. It also enforces the implementation of a ‘wireless-free zone’. Security and network operations not only have to contend with the inherent dangers and performance impacts of BYOD on their networks, but also the very real risk of espionage, hacking and malicious attacks from inside or outside their corporate boundaries. AirMagnet Enterprise delivers powerful new security capabilities to help IT combat these evolving threats.”

How to mitigate the consequences of “good enough” wireless protection
No organisation deliberately ignores security threats, but many believe their precautions are “good enough.” They rely on the security features of access points or other wireless infrastructure components, which are incapable of detecting all types of threats across every channel. The good-enough approach presents several challenges—all of which can be overcome with AirMagnet Enterprise:

* Inadequate threat detection – Most access point security features perform only part-time scans of 44 standard Wi-Fi channels, when there are 201 non-standard extended channels where threats can hide. AirMagnet scans all 245 Wi-Fi channels, protects against more than 230 threats, and rapidly identifies and reacts to security and performance problems.

* Lengthy threat update cycles – Access point solutions require firmware updates to respond to new threats, often taking months to release. They also require downtime to install, creating significant security gaps. AirMagnet includes Dynamic Threat Update technology, which enables rapid response to new threat signatures (e.g., AirMagnet Enterprise was the first to provide threat protection for the Enterprise Honeypot AP threat in January 2015) often within 24 hours of identification.

* Limited Performance Reporting – Many wireless security solutions provide only cryptic reporting that’s hard to decipher before taking action increasing the burden on an already overloaded IT administrator. AirMagnet ‘s unique Automated Health Check (AHC) verifies the live client wireless environment for the entire WLAN connection path. It instantly pinpoints outages and slowdowns before users are affected, ultimately eliminating finger pointing and reducing time to resolution.

* Minimal forensic analysis – It’s not enough to know a security breach has occurred. IT teams need detailed forensics to identify the root cause and eliminate it fast. AirMagnet offers remote forensic packet capture at the point of event trigger, which eliminates costly truck rolls and helps IT teams rapidly analyse and archive the exact packet trace which caused the alarm.

* Hidden monitoring gaps – Many wireless environments comprise multiple access point types and incompatible security features, creating holes in what the IT team believes is a comprehensive security system. AirMagnet works in hybrid wireless architecture environments, which eliminates security gaps and integration issues between disparate access points.

AirMagnet Enterprise also helps organisations that access, store or transmit cardholder data (CHD) and personally identifiable information (PII) by meeting the latest PCI 3.0 regulatory requirements for penetration testing, which went into effect on January 1, 2015.

“As we’ve seen with recent attacks, companies risk long-term damage to their brand and reputation, as well as immediate lost productivity and revenue without thorough detection and mitigation of security threats,” said Coffin. “AirMagnet Enterprise gives organisations the most comprehensive set of wireless security monitoring and protection tools available for IT and security professionals to protect their respective organisations and their customers. Wireless is impossible to see – AirMagnet Enterprise makes our customers’ wireless networks protected and visible to them.”

For complete product details please visit the AirMagnet Enterprise page.

* Center for Strategic and international Studies, Net Losses: Estimating the Global Cost of Cybercrime, June 2014 http://www.mcafee.com/us/resources/reports/rp-economic-impact-cybercrime2.pdf

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About Fluke Networks
Fluke Networks is the world-leading provider of network test and monitoring solutions to speed the deployment and improve the performance of networks and applications. Leading enterprises and service providers trust Fluke Networks’ products and expertise to help solve today’s toughest issues and emerging challenges in WLAN security, mobility, unified communications and data centres. Based in Everett, Wash., the company distributes products in more than 50 countries. For more information, visit http://www.FlukeNetworks.com.

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Fluke Networks introduces “AANPM for Dummies,” a how-to guide for an integrated approach to network and application performance management

Fluke NetworksNovember 10, 2014 – When an organisation’s network slows down, or fails completely, irate end users don’t care where the problem resides; they just want it fixed. The increasing complexity and interdependencies of today’s IT environments have given rise to a more integrated approach to network and application performance monitoring called Application-Aware Network Performance Management (AANPM). To help IT professionals understand how best to implement and use AANPM, Fluke Networks has launched a new guidebook, called AANPM for Dummies. Written specifically for network engineers, IT directors and CTOs, this downloadable eBook introduces the latest advances in network and application monitoring in six easy-to-read chapters. AANPM for Dummies removes the mystery surrounding AANPM.

Traditional network troubleshooting can be a time-consuming, frustrating process that adversely affects the end user experience, and ultimately the bottom line. AANPM offers engineers a more accurate and pinpointed view of both the network and applications, which reduces time spent debating where an issue originated.

The eBookexplains how AANPM provides clarity and in-depth analysis of the relationships between a network and the applications running on it. Focused on end-user benefits, the book walks through the various unintended challenges created by traditional network management systems and outlines how the growing complexity of networks and the rising demands from end users require a more holistic monitoring approach. It also describes the building blocks needed for successful AANPM and provides several lessons Fluke Networks has learned from hundreds of AANPM implementations.

Doug Roberts, director of Enterprise Products at Fluke Networks commented, “This eBook is ideal for network engineers, IT managers or anyone who cares about delivering the best possible experience to their end users. While we wanted the book to describe the finer points of AANPM, we also didn’t want to over-complicate it. We are very pleased with the final result and look forward to learning what our customers and prospects think of it.”

“The strength and reach of the globally recognised ‘For Dummies’ brand helps its clients speak to their customers across the world and spread their message in a variety of formats and translations,” added Steven Edwards, Development Editor at Wiley Content Management, publishers of the ‘For Dummies’ series.

“Written in an easy-going, conversational style, For Dummies books take the mystery out of complex subjects and make them understandable and engaging. For Dummies are proud to have produced Application-Aware Network Performance Management for Dummies in association with Fluke Networks and are confident this book will prove useful to anyone involved with application and network performance management.”

AANPM for Dummies is available now for immediate download at http://www.flukenetworks.com/AANPM-for-Dummies.

To learn more about AANPM, visit Fluke Networks’ resource centre here.

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About Fluke Networks

Fluke Networks is the world-leading provider of network test and monitoring solutions to speed the deployment and improve the performance of networks and applications. Leading enterprises and service providers trust Fluke Networks’ products and expertise to help solve today’s toughest issues and emerging challenges in WLAN security, mobility, unified communications and data centres. Based in Everett, Wash., the company distributes products in more than 50 countries. For more information, visit www.FlukeNetworks.

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Fluke Networks delivers world’s first cloud-connected cable certification tool to optimise test results management and maximise project profitability

Fluke NetworksOctober 1, 2014Fluke Networks has unveiled LinkWare™ Live, the first cloud-based service that lets contractors, cable installers and project managers using the Versiv™ family of certification testers to upload, manage, and analyse certification test results from cabling projects—anytime, anywhere.

LinkWare Live works with DSX-5000™, OptiFiber® Pro, and CertiFiber® Pro certification testers to optimise project management and safeguard contractor profitability by providing real-time access to testing results, extending support to technicians in the field, and eliminating costly truck rolls simply for tester transport back to the office. LinkWare Live is a free service available to all Versiv customers.

According to recent Fluke Networks surveys of more than 1,000 cable installers (who had collectively installed approximately 1 million links in the previous month), poor test results management creates a significant drag on productivity and profitability:
* eighty-three per cent reported having one or more test results management issues in the month prior to the survey
* the average time contractors spent dealing with test result issues in a single month was 15.2 hours—nearly two full workdays, not including the hours required to get the test results back to the office for analysing and reporting
* half of the respondents said it would be beneficial to access project status information from any location.

Project managers struggle with manual, error-prone results management processes
Collecting certification test results is a significant challenge because they are stored in testers that frequently move from one job site to another. These job sites can be hundreds of kilometres away from one another, as well as from headquarters. Accidentally erased or failed memory cards can negate several days’ worth of work, leading to costly truck rolls, lowered profit margins and delayed payment.

LinkWare Live saves time, reduces rework and improves profitability
By uploading tests to LinkWare Live regularly, project managers can save trips solely to collect results, prevent data loss and continuously track project progress. LinkWare Live also automatically organises test results by job, eliminating the painstaking task of manually combining files from multiple testers.

Managing test results through a cloud-based service offers significant advantages:
* increased productivity by no longer needing to manually transport testers from the field just to download test results
* reduced time spent categorising and compiling test results by automatically consolidating them into the correct job
* less rework by reducing the likelihood of losing test results when testers or memory cards are lost, stolen or erased
* faster troubleshooting by providing instant access to results from anywhere
* real-time visibility into project status from any location.

Using LinkWare Live, contractors can achieve greater project profitability; increase the potential for more project wins; and use its unique analytics and benchmarking to improve installation, certification and troubleshooting efforts out in the field.

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“From the introduction of our first cabling certification solution in 1997, we’ve meticulously designed our products to meet the ever-evolving needs of cabling contractors. One need that hasn’t changed is fast, accurate certification results that contractors and their customers can trust. Our primary objective is to increase contractor profitability by helping streamline workflows,” said Jason Wilbur, vice president and general manager of the Datacom Installation business unit at Fluke Networks. “LinkWare Live is the next step in the evolution of cable testing and certification, offering the industry’s first ‘anywhere, anytime’ visibility, ensuring every project is done right – the first time, on time.”

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Learn more:
Visit www.LinkWareLive.com for more information and or to create a free LinkWare Live account. LinkWare Live requires Versiv firmware version 3.06 or higher, which is available at no charge from www.FlukeNetworks.com.

About Fluke Networks
Fluke Networks is the world-leading provider of network test and monitoring solutions to speed the deployment and improve the performance of networks and applications. Leading enterprises and service providers trust Fluke Networks’ products and expertise to help solve today’s toughest issues and emerging challenges in WLAN security, mobility, unified communications and data centres. Based in Everett, Wash., the company distributes products in more than 50 countries. For more information, visit http://www.FlukeNetworks.com.

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Fluke Networks AANPM solution wins two 2014 Communications Solutions Product of the Year Awards

Fluke NetworksSeptember 25, 2014 – Fluke Networks, a world-leading provider of network monitoring and test solutions, has been honoured with two 2014 Communications Solutions Product of the Year awards from TMC, a global integrated media company, for  its Application-Aware Network Performance Management (AANPM) solution – Visual TruView™ and OptiView® XG.

As one of TMC’s most coveted awards, the Communications Solutions Product of the Year honours exceptional products and services updated or brought to market in the last year that facilitate voice, data and video communications solutions. The Fluke Networks products honored are:

  • Visual TruView, a unified AANPM solution that incorporates five network and application monitoring tools in one, and
  • OptiView XG, the company’s flagship portable network analysis tablet that automates root-cause analysis of wired and wireless network and application problems.

Fluke Networks integrated the two products earlier this year to provide the industry’s first AANPM solution capable of analysing an enterprise’s entire network infrastructure and providing a unified view of wired and wireless performance across the entire organisation, including the data centre, remote sites and applications delivered across cloud, carrier and enterprise networks.

This integration was awarded “Leader” standing in Gartner’s inaugural Magic Quadrant for Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics* (AANPM is also known as NPMD) earlier this year for its completeness of vision, ease of use and overall value in delivering complete application and network performance management in a truly unified way.

Frost & Sullivan also recently honored the Fluke Networks AANPM solution with the 2014 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for New Product Innovation Leadership.

Key features of the Fluke Networks AANPM solution include:

  • End-to-end visibility that includes wired and wireless, application performance and device interconnectivity, and in-depth path analysis all the way from the data centre to an end user’s specific device.
  • Unified network and appliance performance view across an organisation, eliminating the need for disparate, “swivel-chair” troubleshooting and finger pointing across IT teams when problems arise.
  • Flexible deployment options that include Visual TruView installation as a standalone appliance or part of a multi-appliance distributed configuration, and OptiView XG deployment as an endpoint at remote sites or in a centralised location.
  • Best-in-class value, increasing operations effectiveness, shorter Mean Time to Repair, and improved ROI on network and application management solution investments.

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“The Fluke Networks AANPM solution has won both industry awards and customer praise for its ability to bridge the Application Performance Management and Network Performance Management visibility gap,” said Daryle DeBalski, vice president and general manager of the Fluke Networks Visual business unit. “Our team’s mission is to streamline network performance monitoring and troubleshooting so our customers can solve issues faster to meet organisational needs and deliver the best possible end-user experience. This award is further validation that the market values our innovation.”

“Congratulations to Fluke Networks for receiving two 2014 Communications Solutions Product of the Year Awards,” said Rich Tehrani, CEO of TMC. “Visual TruView and OptiView XG have demonstrated true innovation and are among the best solutions that facilitate voice, data and video communications brought to market in the past twelve months. I look forward to continued excellence from Fluke Networks in 2014 and beyond.”

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Learn more:

  • For more about AANPM and its importance in providing a superior user experience, visit:http://www.flukenetworks.com/expertise/topic/application-aware-network-performance-management&ls=PRrelease&visTMCPOY2014
  • For more information about Visual TruView, visit: http://www.flukenetworks.com/apps/truview&ls=PRrelease&visTMCPOY2014
  • For more on OptiView XG, visit: http://www.flukenetworks.com/enterprise-network/network-monitoring/optiview-xg-network-analysis-tablet&ls=PRrelease&visTMCPOY2014

About Fluke Networks

Fluke Networks is the world-leading provider of network test and monitoring solutions to speed the deployment and improve the performance of networks and applications. Leading enterprises and service providers trust Fluke Networks’ products and expertise to help solve today’s toughest issues and emerging challenges in WLAN security, mobility, unified communications and data centres. Based in Everett, Wash., the company distributes products in more than 50 countries. For more information, visit http://www.FlukeNetworks.com.

For additional information, products and updates, follow Fluke Networks on social media.

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*Gartner, Inc. “Magic Quadrant for Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics” by Jonah Kowell, Vivek Bhalla and Colin Fletcher, March 6, 2014

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