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.”

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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.

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

*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

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.

Meru Networks confronts the crush of BYOD and sets new standard for WLAN capacity and performance with two new products

Wavelink LogoOctober 11, 2012Meru Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:MERU), a leader in 802.11n wireless networking, has announced the availability of the industry’s highest capacity wireless controller, the MC6000; a BYOD-ready high performance access point the AP332; and an innovative 802.11ac Investment Protection Plan that protects wireless infrastructure investments as the current standard moves to 802.11ac.

The new, ultra-capacity wireless products are the latest advancements in Meru wireless innovation and engineered to address the crushing network requirements of BYOD while maintaining choice and control of both wireless and wired network infrastructure for resource stretched IT departments. The innovative 802.11ac Investment Protection Plan allows users purchasing AP332 and other qualifying three stream 802.11n access points to trade them in for 802.11ac access points in the future for only an additional US$499 investment*.

“The rapidly-increasing numbers of mobile users, devices, and applications on campuses and in enterprises are correspondingly driving demand for bandwidth expansion on wireless LAN networks,” said Craig Mathias, a Principal with the wireless and mobile advisory firm Farpoint Group. “Meru’s announcement is a powerful indication that capacity must be increased across the board – user productivity and organisational mission now depend upon reliable, secure, and high-performance wireless connectivity.”

Meru vice president of product and solutions marketing, Manish Rai added: “Users are now dictating what technology they will bring and use at work or on campus. To manage the crush of BYOD, IT departments need a flexible solution that can help them quickly respond to changing wireless network demands. Meru with its RF virtualisation technology, virtualised controllers and market leading BYOD on-boarding solution – Identity Manager – delivers flexibility at access, control and policy layers needed to put the control and choice back in the hands of the IT department.”

BYOD-optimised MC6000
The Meru MC6000 ultra-high capacity 802.11ac ready controller is designed to effectively serve 5,000+ access points and 50,000+ users with 200 Gbps wireless capacity. Powered by System Director – the industry’s only virtualised wireless LAN operating system – the new controller delivers capacity and performance for very high-density network environments. The new controller is designed to give IT executives the ability to choose network components and control network operations without compromising capacity, performance, scalabilty or security.

Next generation AP332 delivers fifty per cent more capacity
The Meru AP332 access point, an innovative, three-stream 802.11n access point, delivers up to fifty per cent higher capacity than two stream dual-radio access points. It is designed to meet the capacity needs of dense Wi-Fi and high multimedia usage environments.

Rai added, “Meru’s AP332 with its unique RF virtualisation technology can deliver nearly twice the capacity of traditional multi-channel installations with same number of access points in dense environments such as lecture halls, conference rooms, stadiums and enterprise campuses. When coupled with Identity Manager, Meru’s market leading solution for automating BYOD on-boarding, we believe Meru offers the best end-to-end solution to manage the BYOD capacity crunch today.”

“Many IT managers are assuming that the upcoming 802.11ac standard will be the solution to their capacity challenges,” continued Mathias. “But 802.11ac doesn’t address the huge installed base of devices using only the 2.4 GHz. band as it only performs in the 5 GHz. band, so we expect that 802.11n will continue to be the Wi-Fi technology of choice for a number of years yet.”

Innovative 802.11ac Investment Protection Plan
The AP332 access point, available now, comes with Meru’s innovative 802.11ac Investment Protection Plan. Through the plan, customers that purchase Meru’s AP332s, AP320s or AP433s between November 1, 2012 and June 28, 2013, will have an option to pay an additional US$499 per access point and trade them in for qualifying Meru 802.11ac access points when they become available*.

The 802.11ac trade-in plan allows enterprises to migrate their WLANs to the new 802.11 Wi-Fi standard with limited investment. Investments made in qualifying Meru AP products today can be upgraded to 802.11ac in the future for a nominal price. Through the program, Meru customers have access to robust wireless solutions today without compromising their ability to take advantage of 802.11ac.

*Restrictions apply – please see: http://www.merunetworks.com/investment-protection

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About Meru Networks
Meru Networks (NASDAQ: MERU) designs, develops, and distributes virtualised wireless LAN solutions that provide enterprises with the performance, reliability, predictability and operational simplicity of a wired network with the advantages of mobility. Meru Networks eliminates the deficiencies of multichannel, client-controlled architectures with its innovative, single-channel, virtualised network architecture that easily handles device density and diversity. Meru wireless LAN solutions are deployed in major vertical industries including Fortune 500 businesses, education, hospitality, healthcare and retail supply chain. Founded in 2002, Meru is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., with operations in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. Visit www.merunetworks.com or call (408) 215-5300 for more information.

This news release contains forward-looking statements about Meru Networks expectations, hopes, plans, intentions, or strategies, including, but not limited to statements regarding Meru’s ability provide new products, the ability to deliver nearly twice the capacity of traditional multi-channel installations with the same number of access points in dense environments, the timing of the adoption of the 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard, and the ability for customers to have access to robust wireless solutions today without compromising their ability to take advantage of future technology advancements. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions, which, if they do not fully materialise or prove incorrect, could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The risks and uncertainties include those described in Meru Networks’ documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements in this news release are based on information available to Meru Networks as of the date hereof. Meru Networks assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

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