Fluke Networks adds cloud services to its award-winning OneTouch™ AT Network Assistant handheld tester

Fluke NetworksApril 9, 2014Fluke Networks has introduced cloud services for its OneTouch™ AT Network Assistant. Free with any new handheld OneTouch AT tester or as a software upgrade for existing units, the cloud service lets the OneTouch AT tester provide visibility into network performance over time, which is an invaluable aid in troubleshooting intermittent problems that often occur when the network technician isn’t available. The new OneTouch AT software also offers “launch-and-leave” remote testing and more in-depth analytics, which helps technicians solve existing problems and pre-empt new ones.

According to a recent Fluke Networks survey*, network technicians spend up to 25 per cent of their time troubleshooting end-user issues. Survey respondents also noted intermittent issues take twice as long to resolve because they tend to reappear when the technician isn’t available to fix them. According to the survey, intermittent problems comprise roughly 30 per cent of all end-user issues.

Using cloud services to diagnose intermittent problems reaps rewards
The OneTouch AT tester and new cloud service make it easier to see network irregularities, with sequential test results automatically uploaded to the cloud service and plotted on colour-coded charts. Technicians can now view trended results from multiple tests side-by-side to identify correlated events. They can even zoom in to see details for an event within a narrower time window, and then print or download charts as documentation.

Autonomous remote testing enables “launch-and-leave” troubleshooting
Network problems are never convenient, especially if they occur at a remote site, during non-business hours or on an intermittent basis. Using the cloud-enabled OneTouch AT tester, technicians can launch a series of autonomous tests and walk away. The OneTouch tester measures network performance, uploads the results to the cloud service and repeats the cycle as frequently as every 60 seconds for as long as a week, greatly improving the chance of catching intermittent problems. With results automatically saved to the cloud, technicians don’t even need to stay with the tester, knowing they can view and share results at any time from any Internet-enabled device.

“With the new cloud-enabled OneTouch AT Network Assistant, Fluke Networks has effectively untethered technicians from their testers,” said Doug Roberts, director of Product Marketing for Fluke Networks. “While convenience is certainly a benefit, the real value is in reducing time and effort spent solving problems that impact productivity.”

The OneTouch AT cloud service can also be used as a daily management and problem avoidance tool. Network administrators can set up the OneTouch AT tester as a generic client device accessing one or more services or servers and leave it running. By periodically signing into the cloud service, they can view performance results and look for degradations. If something suspicious appears, technicians can use the OneTouch AT tester to identify the root cause and fix issues before employees complain.

Version 3 software is now shipping on all versions of the OneTouch AT Network Assistant. Existing Fluke Networks customers with Gold support will receive the upgrade at no additional charge.

For more information about the new capabilities of the cloud-enabled OneTouch AT Network Assistant, please visit www.flukenetworks.com/OneTouchATVideo.

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*Fluke Networks Market Research, 2014

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.com.

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Fluke Networks bridges the ever-widening application and network performance visibility gap with an integrated solution

TruView_XG-Final-SMApril 3, 2014Fluke Networks has announced that Visual TruView™, its award-winning Application-Aware Network Performance Management solution (AANPM), and the OptiView XG™, its flagship network analysis tablet, have been integrated to provide the industry’s first AANPM solution capable of analysing an enterprise’s entire network infrastructure—including wired and wireless, application performance and device interconnectivity, and in-depth path analysis all the way to an end user’s specific device.

Instead of the typical back-and-forth checking of separate tools with multiple user interfaces and sign-ons to find and resolve problems, network engineers now have a unified view of wired and wireless performance across the entire organisation, including remote sites and applications delivered across cloud, carrier and enterprise networks. Using Visual TruView, not only can they quickly identify if a problem exists, they can also isolate where in the path of delivery the problem may be hiding and effectively troubleshoot it, no matter where it occurs.

Today’s IT has increasingly shifted toward application-centric, service-oriented operations, and the need for application awareness within performance monitoring and management technologies has skyrocketed as a result. End user expectations have also risen sharply in line with their use of smart devices, mobile applications and streaming media. While end users may blame “the network” for any difficulties they encounter, the actual problem may reside elsewhere. Fluke Networks introduced its original AANPM solution, Visual TruView, in 2013 to help IT teams find and resolve performance problems regardless of where in the delivery path they arise.

By extending Visual TruView’s capabilities via tight integration with OptiView XG, Fluke Networks is leveraging its proven capabilities in network analysis and troubleshooting to provide greater visibility into remote network connectivity and the health of all components in the application/service delivery path. This approach effectively expands the traditional definition of AANPM.

“The new solution from Fluke Networks brings two advanced, best-in-class products together to address the challenge of truly effective end-to-end AANPM visibility,” said Jim Frey, vice president at Enterprise Management Associates.  “Organisations who embrace this newly combined solution stand to gain substantial benefits in terms of increased operations effectiveness, shorter Mean Time to Repair, and improved ROI on their network management tools investments.”

Typically deployed in the datacentre, Visual TruView can be installed as a standalone appliance or as part of a multi-appliance distributed configuration, while OptiView XG can be deployed as an endpoint at remote sites or in a centralised location. This deployment flexibility is particularly useful now that the two appliances are integrated. Depending on the problem they are trying to solve, network engineers can take the OptiView XG to virtually anywhere and have it share data with Visual TruView, which streamlines troubleshooting application performance and end-user experience issues. This means that—for the first time—organisations now have fully centralised AANPM visibility with detailed local visibility across both wired and wireless networks.

An added benefit of TruView’s flexible deployment is its ability to grow with the enterprise. While a mid-sized organisation may need only one TruView appliance, it can easily add more units to adapt to changing network requirements.

Visual TruView has been recognised as a best-in-class solution and was recently awarded a “Leader” standing in Gartner’s inaugural Magic Quadrant for Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics (AANPM is also known as NPMD). TruView was ranked as the best Hybrid AANPM solution and Value Leader by Enterprise Management Associates and has received numerous other industry awards.

“Visual TruView is the first solution of its kind, delivering complete application and network performance management in a truly unified way,” said Daryle DeBalski, vice president and general manager of the Fluke Networks Visual business unit. “When end users are frustrated by application performance or other IT resources not performing as expected, IT has to have an answer—and fast. By integrating Visual TruView with OptiView XG, Fluke Networks is helping network engineering and operations pros shift how they solve performance problems away from finger-pointing and toward more effective collaboration.”

For more information about Visual TruView, please click 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.com.

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Fluke Networks positioned in the Leaders Quadrant in Gartner’s 2014 Magic Quadrant for Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics

Fluke NetworksMarch 17, 2014Fluke Networks, a world-leading provider of network monitoring and test solutions, has announced Gartner, Inc. has positioned the company’s Visual TruView™ solution in the Leaders quadrant of the “Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics (NPMD)” report.*

The report, which is the first Magic Quadrant from Gartner on the Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics (NPMD) market, foreshadows growth in this emerging technology market. It emphasises the need for a single integrated solution to monitor, troubleshoot and analyse networks and—even more important—the applications and services they carry.

Market analysis conducted by Gartner noted the growing interest in the NPMD market, also referred to as Application-aware Network Performance Management (AANPM). Increasingly, companies are realising how essential it is to understand their customers’ and end users’ experience with their networks and applications. They recognise the need to proactively monitor their networks’ performance and quickly react to troubleshoot and repair outages and degradations that affect the experience of users and customers. Real-time performance, historical performance and predictive behaviour capabilities were among the criteria in the quadrant, as were flow-based data and network packet analysis.

“Gartner’s decision to develop the NPMD report highlights the growing importance of this market and emphasises just how vital network and application performance management is to helping enterprises achieve their business goals,” said Daryle DeBalski, vice president and general manager of the Fluke Networks Visual business unit. “As one of the leading NPMD solutions, Visual TruView helps IT professionals redefine their ability to deliver first-rate network and application experience to end users and customers by empowering teams to collaborate across domains and focus on service, rather than defending their turf.”

A recent survey of network professionals conducted by Fluke Networks** indicated that more than half do not have the tools they need to quickly and accurately identify issues with VoIP, applications and other network performance issues. Fluke Networks’ offering in the NPMD space – Visual TruView – is a unified AANPM solution that incorporates five tools in one, including real-time user experience monitoring, packet stream-to-disk, NetFlow/IPFIX collection, device health, and VoIP QoS. TruView enables network engineers to gather data from multiple sources, providing both a wide breadth of visibility and the detailed forensic data required to solve the toughest problems.

TruView was also designed with ease of use and ultimate value in mind. From deployment and day-to-day use to expansion, TruView is regarded as one of the best values in the industry. When combined with other offerings in the Fluke Networks portfolio, TruView provides unique capabilities; for example, by using OptiView XG as an endpoint, Visual TruView can extend into the access network to solve Wi-Fi issues and other site-based concerns.

To read a complementary version of the Gartner, Inc. “2014 Magic Quadrant for Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics,” visit www.flukenetworks.com/gartner.

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

**Fluke Networks Market Research, 2013

Five ways to streamline capacity planning and optimise bandwidth use in the enterprise

Fluke NetworksNovember 4, 2013 – Today’s network managers are tasked with two conflicting business directives when it comes to network performance. The first is to ensure the delivery of an optimal end-user experience on the network and the second is to reduce the operational costs of the network. To help meet these challenges, Fluke Networks is providing five tips to streamline capacity planning and optimise bandwidth use in the enterprise.

With the network under more and more stress as video, VoIP, virtualisation, VDI, wireless and more, all fight for bandwidth, understanding the right time and reasons to increase throughput is key. Here are five areas to consider when tackling this challenge:

* Understand bandwidth resources and performance trade-offs. Bad performance does not necessarily mean that bandwidth is not sufficient. Knowing how busy links are, and for how long, is key to gauging the correlation between bandwidth and performance. Under-utilised links can drain bandwidth resources by using up valuable budget that could be allocated to other over-utilised links. Keep in mind that network bursting is normal, it just needs to be within proper thresholds.

* Use the right tools for the job. Trying to detect over-utilisation of bandwidth can be difficult when the tools are not well suited to the job. Viewing a long-term trend of use flattens out peaks of high utilisation, hiding true problems. Peak utilisation views show when links are the busiest, but do not indicate for how long. Traffic totals per-day, per-month, etc., can show general growth but ignore the differences between different times of day. The key questions to answer are, has the link been over-utilised, for how long, by what application and what end-user?

* Account for business hours. While a network link might be busy during the night or weekend while backup and software updates are performed, it may be acceptable during the business day when staff is working. Don’t let evening and night data cloud your view of utilisation. Having a combination of real-time and back-in-time views lets IT see what is happening more quickly, solve problems faster and move on to more strategic initiatives efficiently.

* Is bandwidth being used for business? There are two types of traffic, business and recreational. Obviously, business has priority, so it is important to know why a busy link is busy. Is it for use of a business application? Is it the breaking news story everyone is streaming to the desktop? Even if it is a business application causing congestion, does that application really need to consume that much bandwidth? Or, is the bandwidth being used by old rogue applications that IT needs to remove from the network? Efficient application design and WAN optimisation are also examples of strategic decisions that should be considered alongside the tactical approach of bandwidth needs.

* Streamline the job. With networks growing quickly, the job of understanding what links are busy, when and why gets more complex and time consuming. The amount of time taken to perform proactive capacity planning is the main reason why the job does not get done.  Don’t waste time looking at links that do not require attention. Focus on those critical few links that are busiest for the most amount of time. Use customised alerts that can show when bandwidth hits 80 per cent for a rolling three minutes, and be prepared to react.

Capacity planning and bandwidth optimisation can be time consuming without the right tools in place. To help network managers streamline the process and get complete visibility into utilisation, Fluke Networks offers Visual TruView, the industry’s first truly unified, single-box network and application performance monitoring and troubleshooting solution.

To find out how Visual TruView can help with capacity planning, read Fluke Networks’ “Do You Throw Bandwidth at the Problem?” blog post or watch the demo video.

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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.com

Fluke Networks introduces AirMagnet Spectrum ES to accelerate in-building cellular deployment and testing

Fn-AirMagnetSpectrumES_04a_cOctober 3, 2013Fluke Networks has announced AirMagnet Spectrum ESTM, the industry’s first spectrum analysis tool specifically designed to streamline in-field testing and troubleshooting of cellular offload deployments, including Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) and Small Cells.

AirMagnet Spectrum ES offers portability, affordability and enhanced in-field productivity features. This includes the industry’s first automated new signature detection and location of RF interference sources, automated location-specific carrier and technology spectrum scan setup and intuitive network visibility, which is needed to verify and troubleshoot at every stage of the project lifecycle. These features help ensure offload deployment and troubleshooting are done quickly and correctly.

With the majority of mobile traffic originating from within buildings, the ongoing explosion in mobile data usage, the transition from 3G to LTE and the need for consistent coverage and capacity in commercial settings, the market is experiencing strong growth in infrastructure to offload macro cellular traffic. Yet these DAS, Small Cell and Wi-Fi deployments have lacked a tool that is actually designed around the portability, affordability and in-field testing features necessary for efficient multi-team installation projects at the customer site. As a result they have had to rely on sharing bulky and expensive lab-based test equipment that lacks the right functionality, slowing deployments and often leading to costly retest and rework.

AirMagnet Spectrum ES is extremely agile and portable, designed for use with any Windows 7 or Windows 8 based laptop or tablet PC for easy testing in the field (for complete compatibility details please refer to the product data sheet). It is also significantly less expensive than any similar tool, ensuring that each team can speed deployment by having the tool they need readily at hand.

Moreover, AirMagnet Spectrum ES not only delivers the core spectrum analysis that is mandatory in any spectrum analyser, but also offers enhanced productivity features required for efficient testing of DAS and Small Cell deployments. This includes determining the root cause of performance problems due to interference with its built-in automated signature detection and location capability of detecting RF interference sources in the licensed bands. It also delivers automated location-specific technology or carrier based frequency scans to reduce manual and error-prone frequency configurations and provides innovative visualisations of core spectrum data with the detection of LTE, UMTS, CDMA and GSM data/voice events and carrier/technology overlays.

Its simplicity, ease of use and broad functionality ensures that a range of technicians with varying skillsets can continue to use AirMagnet Spectrum ES through every project phase, from initial benchmarking through installation to ongoing maintenance.

“Fluke Networks is the market leader in network and Wi-Fi test equipment, and we’re eager to bring that same expertise to bear on cellular challenges,” explained Chia-Chee Kuan, vice president of the Fluke Networks WLAN business unit. “Every one of our tools, including AirMagnet Spectrum ES, is designed to enhance testing efficiency and streamline troubleshooting in the field, allowing faster project completion and ensuring that things are done right – the first time, every time.”

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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.com.

For additional information, promotions and updates, follow Fluke Networks on Twitter @FlukeNetWiFi, on Facebook, or on the LinkedIn Company or Group page.

Fluke Networks’ OneTouch AT v2 speeds troubleshooting of BYOD and VoIP network issues

Fn-OneTouchAT_01b_cJuly 2, 2013Fluke Networks has announced Version 2 software for the OneTouch AT Network Assistant, which adds new features making it easier for network technicians to isolate the root cause of end-user wired and wireless problems, fix or escalate those issues and validate performance and SLA (service level agreement) compliance after changes are made.

Network technicians are spending 48 to 58 per cent more time dealing with emerging wireless LAN and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) issues, according to a recent Fluke Networks customer survey*. More than 37 per cent report spending more time supporting VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) when compared to two years ago.

OneTouch AT has been updated with key features to help meet these new challenges including:
* BYOD Management – New automated Wi-Fi discovery capabilities (including 802.11ac devices) and Wi-Fi packet capture simplify smart device management and speed problem resolution
* Network Performance Acceptance Testing – New wired and wireless performance tests automate the measurement and assessment of end-to-end path performance to prove that network projects were successfully completed and that the performance meets design objectives
* Inline VoIP Analysis – New inline test provides visibility into IP phone initialisation and call control processes, and VoIP conversation quality to simplify troubleshooting of IP phone problems.

Eric Anderson, product manager at Fluke Networks, said, “Today’s network support organisations are being pressured to speed troubleshooting and project acceptance processes, but to do this successfully they need to standardise these processes and their tools.

“Fluke Networks’ OneTouch AT is uniquely positioned to provide teams with a portable tool that can not only speed the identification and remediation of network problems so they can meet new emerging challenges, but also provide a means to verify performance and system acceptance.”

The OneTouch AT software update also includes a new Path Analysis test, a Multi-Port Statistics test, inline VoIP packet capture, and additional features for enhanced troubleshooting and management.

For more information about the new capabilities of OneTouch AT, please visit Fluke Networks.

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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.com.

For additional information, promotions and updates, follow Fluke Networks on Twitter @FlukeNetENT, on Facebook, or on the LinkedIn Company or Group page.

*Fluke Networks Market Research, April 2013

Fluke Networks’ AirMagnet Survey PRO first to use real-world data to ensure Wi-Fi networks are ready for Cisco Location Services

AM SurveyApril 30, 2013Fluke Networks has announced that AirMagnet Survey PRO is the first to offer pre-configured profiles that use real-world wireless data to help wireless engineers instantly determine, with a higher level of accuracy than ever before, whether or not a network adheres to Cisco’s best practices for deploying Cisco Location Services. With just one click, organisations can improve wireless rollouts, eliminating the need for costly post-deployment redesigns.

“Cisco Location Services allows organisations to use wireless for more than just traditional connectivity so they can track devices and personnel via tags and their mobile devices on a wireless network. But, for this service to be successful, customers need to meet certain critical wireless infrastructure requirements,” said Chris Spain, vice president of product marketing for the wireless networking group at Cisco. “AirMagnet Survey PRO’s new integration of Cisco Location Services profiles allows customers to quickly gauge readiness based on real-world data, which brings a new level of accuracy to the process.”

AirMagnet Survey PRO is the industry’s most accurate solution for planning and designing 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless LANs (WLAN) for optimal performance, security and compliance. For Cisco Location Services to work optimally, there are strict wireless network guidelines including access point placement, access point separation distance, minimum signal level thresholds, preparedness for voice and data coexistence, and more. Therefore, it is important to maximise the accuracy and minimise variance between simulated and real-world data when determining readiness for the service.

“When deploying key wireless services, it’s vital to survey the network and gather real-world information that is representative of actual network performance. Cisco Location Services offer customers an innovative capability that can be strategically deployed to track personnel and ensure security, but verifying that the network can support this service is critical,” said Chia-Chee Kuan, vice president of the Fluke Networks WLAN business unit. “Working with Cisco to optimise AirMagnet Survey PRO will help customers streamline the process and more successfully deploy Cisco Location Services based on real-world wireless data.”

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About Cisco
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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.com.

For additional information, promotions and updates, follow Fluke Networks’ AirMagnet on Twitter @FlukeNetWIFI, Facebook, or on the LinkedIn Company or Group page.

Fluke Networks launches Visual TruView, industry’s first truly unified, performance monitoring and troubleshooting solution

GR_TruView_Screen_blow-outMarch 15, 2013Fluke Networks has announced Visual TruView™appliance, the first truly unified, single-box network and application performance monitoring and troubleshooting solution. Visual TruView’s integrated approach fills an important need in the market; a recent survey of network professionals conducted by Fluke Networks indicated that more than half don’t have the tools they need to quickly and accurately identify issues with VoIP, application transactions and other network performance issues.

To speed problem resolution, TruView integrates the separate disciplines of network and application performance monitoring, element managers and Stream to Disc (S2D) with up to 10G performance,1 so engineers never have to waste time performing “swivel chair “correlations across multiple tool sets. To ensure these integrated functions operate without degrading performance, Visual TruView has 2.5 times more analytical processing power than any competing solution. Plus, TruView features a single, correlated dashboard that makes it easy for engineers to drill down to individual or group of flows, packets or transactions of any user, site or period of time in just a few clicks. Furthermore, it offers automatic identification and configuration of applications and networks, so set up takes just 15 minutes or less.2

An increased need for visibility into network performance and the true cause of issues is clearly a driver for today’s IT pros worldwide. “The consequence of this evolution is that the network is placed in a highly visible position in the context of IT operations,” according to Gartner. “When an application fails, it is a natural assumption to blame the network, justifiably or not. To redress this perception, the network operations staff needs to recognise the strategic value in real user experience monitoring on a constant basis, identifying underutilised resources and optimising their infrastructures where possible.”3

“TruView was built from the ground up to provide this visibility,” said Daryle DeBalski, vice president and general manager of the Fluke Networks’ Visual business unit. “We’ve reinvented the way engineers can see and manage issues with today’s complex networks so they can move to immediate resolution. TruView changes the game on speed and collaboration for our customers.”

Fluke Networks President, Arif Kareem adds, “Fluke Networks is built on a 20-year legacy of providing innovative solutions that speed the deployment and analysis, and ease the monitoring of networks and applications. TruView is a clear demonstration of our customer commitment to continuing this legacy.”

Visual TruView is available immediately, worldwide.

1. Certified by Tolly Group, 2012.
2. Fluke Networks market research, 2012.
3. Gartner, Inc., NPM Delivers Improved Network Visibility to IT Operations, Vivek Bhalla, Jonah Kowall, October 24, 2012.

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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.com.

New visualisation capability on Fluke Networks OptiView XG Tablet gives network engineers an instant view

Fluke NetworksOctober 17, 2012Fluke Networks has announced a new version of the OptiView® XG v9 network analysis tablet. It provides network professionals with an intuitive, graphical view of network infrastructure to help speed up root cause identification and resolve issues fast. With two thirds of network engineers troubleshooting unfamiliar infrastructure*, the new Network Navigator capability reduces the time it takes to understand network issues by instantly and simply displaying network topology and problems.

The new version of OptiView XG also includes new in-line testing that eliminates the need for an external tap or span port when observing conversations between client and application servers. This delivers fast and exact insights into real time traffic flows, and visibility into client/server conversations without the need for packet capture and port spanning. If detailed packet analysis is required, the in-line function captures all full line-rate speed, assuring complete analysis. In addition, the product’s existing network virtualisation feature has been enhanced, increasing visibility into new virtualised architecture, which improves workflow in data centre environments.

“Having a clear view of who is plugged into what in the network is a constant challenge,” said Tony Fortunato, senior network performance specialist at The Technology Firm, a network design, implementation and troubleshooting consultancy. “Prior to OptiView XG v9, we had to mentally visualise connections, which made the discovery process more complicated. Now we simply click and the Network Navigator draws a line to the server or other device which allows us to logically and physically follow the connections and drill down further for additional details. It essentially allows us to start troubleshooting during the discovery phase, which dramatically accelerates our ability to fix problems and reduces troubleshooting time by at least 50 per cent.”

For more information about uncovering hidden network problems, please contact Fluke Australia at sales@fluke.com.au.

* According to Fluke Networks market research.

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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 datacentres. Based in Everett, Wash., the company distributes products in more than 50 countries. For more information, visit www.flukenetworks.com.

New Wi-Fi sensor from Fluke Networks eases BYOD challenge and reduces installation costs by up to two thirds

Fn-am-sensorSeptember 19, 2012Fluke Networks has announced a new dedicated sensor for Wi-Fi network monitoring that eliminates the need for Ethernet cabling, and reduces the cost by up to two thirds in situations where cable installation is restricted from a time, cost or logistics perspective.* With its quick and easy installation, three internal radios and Wireless Connect feature, the SmartEdge Sensor Series 4 for AirMagnet Enterprise instantly extends Wi-Fi security and performance monitoring, providing immediate coverage in the face of explosive wireless LAN (WLAN) and the Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) growth.

Wayne Allen, program manager, Fluke Networks, said, “With WLAN growth approaching $1-billion-per-quarter,# and the dramatic increase in BYOD, the areas in which organisations need Wi-Fi performance and monitoring coverage is increasing exponentially.

“The SmartEdge sensor provides a solution to help secure and monitor the network by eliminating roadblocks caused by Ethernet cabling.”

For customers where Ethernet cable is already available or not cost restricted to install, the new SmartEdge Sensor can leverage its internal radios (two 802.11n 3×3 MIMO 450 Mbps plus one for dedicated spectrum analysis) for 24×7 security monitoring, scanning and rogue detection, combined with client performance verification via AirMagnet Enterprise’s Automated Health Check (AHC) feature. AHC proactively tests and verifies WLAN network health from the end-user device all the way to the cloud and identifies issues before they impact the organisation.

In addition, the SmartEdge sensor has been completely redesigned with a “fade-into-the background” enclosure, an integrated drop ceiling mount and recessed cable entry. The sensor also features increased memory capacity and support for 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet.

Availability
The new SmartEdge Sensor Series 4 for AirMagnet Enterprise is available immediately. For more information, please contact Fluke Australia at sales@fluke.com.au.

*According to Fluke Networks customer research of customers with high-cost installations.
# Infonetics Research, Wireless LAN Equipment and Wi-Fi Phones, 2012.

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About AirMagnet Enterprise
AirMagnet Enterprise is a centralised wireless intrusion prevention system that proactively protects Wi-Fi networks and users from all types of threats, ensuring maximum network performance and uptime, and arms staff with the tools to solve problems quickly and remotely. The solution provides full-time automated analysis of all Wi-Fi traffic, channels, devices, their connection state, as well as optional spectrum analysis of non-Wi-Fi devices and sources of interference. It includes Dynamic Threat Update (DTU) technology for immediate protection against emerging threats, and an Automated Health Check feature for proactively monitoring WLAN network health from the end-user device all the way to the cloud.

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 centers. Based in Everett, Wash., the company distributes products in more than 50 countries. For more information, visit www.flukenetworks.com