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.

Fluke Networks’ new OptiView XG Tablet provides industry’s fastest root cause analysis of network and application problems

Fluke Networks OptiView XGFluke Networks has introduced the OptiView XG®, a network analysis tablet that provides the fastest1 solutions for network and application problems for both wireless and wired access, anywhere in the network. 

The tablet expedites network and application problem solving by automating root cause analysis and providing guided troubleshooting to address problem areas.  

Wayne Allen, program manager, Fluke Networks, said, “OptiView XG is an instant, integrated window into organisations’ network in a form factor, the tablet, that you can take from the data centre, to the production floor, to the office desktop.

“Fluke Networks has built on nearly 20 years of network troubleshooting leadership by integrating the key technologies network engineers need into a single, portable tool which helps them solve network and application problems faster and improve overall IT efficiency.”

Debra Curtis, research vice president and analyst at Gartner, said, “The ability to solve both network and application problems is crucial for today’s network engineers. That need, combined with critical staff levels in many organisations, means tools that integrate multiple functions, and automate the collection of performance data will be key to greater efficiency and less downtime.”

The OptiView XG is designed to provide a wide range of functionality necessary to adapt to the dynamic and diverse networks of today through various features.

Intuitive user interface and customisable dashboards
In addition to a bright, easy-to-to read screen, the OptiView XG features customisable dashboards that can be personalised for each user or help transform data into reports for employees at all levels of the organization, from technicians to managers.

Path and application infrastructure analysis
Automatically discovers the path between two points in the network and monitors performance along that link to identify network issues that can impact application performance.  This decreases the time required to isolate network versus application problems.

Guided/proactive troubleshooting
Provides a head start on solving problems by collecting and analysing granular data (including NetFlow) collected for 24 hours, so users can go back in time to analyse when the problem surfaced. It also automatically identifies more than 40 different network problems and offers possible causes, impacts and solutions.

Integrated WLAN solution
Three-radio design reduces deployment and troubleshooting time with simultaneous network discovery, wireless performance analysis and interference detection using industry-leading AirMagnet technologies. When mobile, this lets users monitor the health of key network devices, while performing real-time analysis of Wi-Fi environments.

The OptiView XG’s portable tablet design delivers advanced hardware features including:
* 26cm, 1024 X 768 screen displayed on two inch-thin tablet
* two hot-swappable batteries deliver up to three hours of operation
* 10G SFP+ port , 10/100/1000M RJ-45 ports and 100/1000M SFP+ port
* embedded dual 802.11N (3X3) Wi-Fi radios, on-board spectrum analysis radio.

For more information please visit www.flukenetworks.com/xginfo.

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About Fluke Networks
Fluke Networks provides innovative solutions for network installation, monitoring and analysis within global enterprises and carriers. The company’s comprehensive line of solutions provides network installers, owners, and maintainers with superior vision, combining speed, accuracy and ease of use to optimise network performance. Headquartered in Everett, Washington, the company distributes its products in more than 50 countries. More information can be found by visiting www.flukenetworks.com/au.

1 Fastest root cause analysis of network and application problems claim based on current industry practices and tools, which do not allow troubleshooting both at the desk and in the field for both wired and wireless networks.