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April 07, 2008
World's First Dynamic Network Map Released by PathSolutions
By Calvin Azuri, TMCnet Contributor
PathSolutions has released SwitchMonitor v3.4, which comes with a network monitoring map that is dynamically updated, giving IT administrators greater understanding of their entire network’s current utilization from a single perspective. With this, users are able to track computer network usage in real time.
PathSolutions’ CTO Tim Titus commented on the map, “The implementation of a dynamic network map has been long desired by many network monitoring professionals. We employed the best available Web technology to deliver the capability to monitor network usage in a solid offering. We strived to make sure that this network monitoring technology was available without requiring browser downloads or strange security settings. That way, it will work on FireFox or IE natively, and present network performance information in a practical and easy to understand format.”
As a complete network monitoring solution, SwitchMonitor monitors the performance of all WAN and LAN interfaces on a network, providing details regarding transmit and receive rates, errors, broadcast levels, and remediation suggestions.
By managing the quality and throughput of all interfaces on a network, data can flow faster, and critical services such as VoIP will not be affected by a slow-running network.
SwitchMonitor can be installed on Windows 2000 Workstation or Server, Windows XP, and Windows 2003 Server. In the interest of minimizing support and licensing requirements, a webserver and self-maintained database are also available to users of the new solution. Current PathSolutions customers covered under a support contract can take advantage of a free upgrade to the new version.
PathSolutions’ SwitchMonitor converged network monitoring software was released in 2000, completely changing the scope of industry norms with regard to Mean Time to Repair (MTTR) and TCO. The solution enabled users to track their computer network usage in real time. Clients include Tommy Bahama, United Natural Foods, Building Materials Holding Corp, Marvell (News - Alert) Semiconductor, Superior Industries, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, MCI, Visiting Nurse Services, Glanbia Shared Services, Oxford Industries, the City of Bakersfield, and AAA.
Ana Laura Moreno, Network Engineer for San Antonio Water System said, “Not only does SwitchMonitor allow us to view bandwidth reports, it provides alerts on any change in our network, it provides daily reports on degradation allowing us to alleviate issues that could otherwise cause significant down time.”
Calvin Azuri is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To see more of his articles, please visit his columnist page .
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