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Operative Software Products offers a number of solutions to test, analyze and monitor networks.

No one tool will satisfy all needs. The reason is fairly straight forward, as functionality dictates the architecture.

Tools needed for troubleshooting may require passive architectures, where testing, reporting and monitoring can be quite active.

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Application and Overview of Network Products

Analysis Tools such as Protocol Analyzers starting with packet capture and decode provide in-depth analysis. Application Performance Analyzers provides network analysis of applicatons and code that perform poorly. And, Forensics and Audit products require a complete record of your network traffic with analysis and reconstructive tools.

Information on types of Analyzers
Find out more about Network Simulation
Network Load and Stress Test:
Generate Network Traffic to test Network Configuration or Network Devices. With WAN Emulation it can be used to simulate an entire routed network to further test devices with network impairments.
Get WAN emulation product details By simulating network impairments a WAN Emulator can be used to test applications under a variety of network conditions.
Network planning products overview
The bandwidth intense nature of newer applications requires a different type of network planning.
Get information on physical layer switches Physical Layer Switches
Physical Layer switches are "wire-once" switching solutions ideal for test labs, where connections are set once and then reconfigured via software.
Get more information on tools for specific technologies Specific technologies such as 10 Gigabit, Wireless and VoIP have special requirements.
Monitoring products overview Monitoring products actively interrogate devices and networks to provide alarms when problems arise.

Protocol Analysis

As data streams travel back and forth over the network, the sniffer, protocol analyzer or network analyzer captures each packet. Today's analyzer's not only decode packets but can be used to gather statistics, or store the packets for forensic anaylsis.

Observer Product Family

Through an integrated line of consoles, probes, appliances, and add-on modules, Observer provides visibility into every corner of your infrastructure so you can effectively manage and monitor wired and wireless networks. The software installed on a laptop can be an ideal portable analyzer. Observer with Expert packet capture analysis provides immediate solutions on network problems including VoIP Analysis, NetFlow, Application Analysis, and the means to isolate transaction issues. Probes such as GigaStor can store terabytes of information and provide packet history for post analysis of network events. More Details

Application Analyzers

Gomez provides the only end to end monitoring solution that covers the entire application delivery chain, allowing you to test and measure from every location in the chain. You can test the entire chain — from the First Mile (your data center) to the Last Mile (your users) — so you can find and fix the broadest set of issues to ensure a quality experience.

Compuware dynaTrace is the on-premises suite of solutions in Compuware APM. It transforms how web and non-web business-critical applications are monitored, managed and optimized throughout the life cycle. dynaTrace is the only on-premises APM platform that monitors all transactions, 24/x7, to quickly isolate performance problems down to the exact line of code in order to satisfy end users and maximize business results.

Forensics and Audit

GigaStor can store terabytes of information and provide packet history for post analysis of network events.

nVision is an easy to use tool for network mapping, identifying hardware and software assets.

Network Test

To test the network means different things to different people. Some want to generate network traffic while others may want to simulate network connections and impair the packets.

Others are trying to diagnose the network to understand impairments or the composition of traffic across a network segment. Others want to understand how networks impact application performance. (Click Analysis tab above for more information on these products.)

LANforge is perfect for Stress and Load Testing of networks and devices.

LANforge FIRE is used for Traffic Generation and simulates the edge of the network under test. LANforge FIRE is a network traffic generator that supports testing for Ethernet, Wireless, VOIP and custom payloads. There is now a solution for testing 10 Gigabit Networks.

The LANforge ICE configuration is used to simulate the core of a network, and will be used to test and verify equipment that communicates through the core. LANforge ICE is able to emulate WAN networks with latency, throughput, and packet degradation.

Network Planning

The bandwidth intense nature of next generation applications requires a different type of network planning. No longer is extrapolating utilization trends acceptable. New WAN connections, security requirements and streaming applications require the use of VLAN's and QOS.

This requires tools to determine current utilization, test and understand how newly configured networks and the applications they carry will behave. Our tools such as LANforge, Application Vantage, Expert Observer and nVision provide the information to sucessfuly grow a network.

Monitoring

Many of these product types tend to be described as Network Monitors, which is a very generic description. The Management aspect of these products comes from statistical reporting and event notification that is triggered by the monitoring. This is sometimes referred to as fault management.

Netreo's OmniCenter® provides real-time fault, application, performance, service-level-agreement (SLA), and configuration management, all without agents, probes, or special client software through an easy-to-use web interface.

Observer Infrastructure provides graphical network mapping, device up-time monitor, response time, route analysis and QoS management. Take advantage of SNMP & WMI data to monitor switches and routers, Active Directory Servers, Host Resources, Internet Information Servers and more, or create custom monitors. Be alerted when a device is unreachable, has poor response time, or exceeded performance thresholds.

Gomez provides the only end to end monitoring solution that covers the entire application delivery chain, allowing you to test and measure from every location in the chain. You can test the entire chain — from the First Mile (your data center) to the Last Mile (your users) — so you can find and fix the broadest set of issues to ensure a quality experience.

Compuware dynaTrace is the on-premises suite of solutions in Compuware APM. It transforms how web and non-web business-critical applications are monitored, managed and optimized throughout the life cycle. dynaTrace is the only on-premises APM platform that monitors all transactions, 24/x7, to quickly isolate performance problems down to the exact line of code in order to satisfy end users and maximize business results.

nVision is an easy to use tool for network mapping and visualization, identifying hardware and software assets, remotely monitoring and managing computers and devices, and monitoring key application servers and user activity.

Gigabit and 10 Gigabit

Gigabit and 10 gigabit Ethernet networks mean high-speed communication, on-demand systems, and improved business functions. Special capture technology and high performance appliances may be required to maximize analysis. Network Instruments Observer Gigabit and 10 Gb solutions provide multiple scalable options for enterprise organizations demanding a complete approach to network management.

VoIP

VoIP and other unified communications applications add new strain to already complex networks. VoIP monitoring and analysis tools require validation of QOS, understanding Jitter and Lost packets an other information to ensure quality of a VoIP network from pre-deployment through daily maintenance.

VoIP’s main challenge is it's extreme sensitivity to delay and packet loss compared with other network applications. LANforge Fire can generate VoIP traffic to test the tuning of your network. Observer analyzers provide the necessary analysis of network traffic, QOS, VoIP traffic, call flows and quality metrics.

OmniCenter® Voice™ is available as a stand-alone appliance, or as an integrated feature in Netreo’s flagship OmniCenter® Enterprise appliance, providing cost-effective and easy-to-deploy management and troubleshooting for IP Telephony environments. It provides in-depth visibility to all components of a Voice infrastructure, including voice mail, station sets, gateway, and server resources, displaying them all on a single “pane-of-glass”.

Wireless

Determining optimal Wireless access point locations, verifying performance, performing site surveys and audits and maintaining wireless communications requires a variety of wireless metrics, including signal strength and quality, and data transfer rates. LANforge Wi-Fire can generate Wireless traffic to test the tuning of your network. Optionaly available is the LANforge RF Attenuator - this device can be used with LANforge Wi-Fire to attenuate (decrease) the RF signal between wireless devices.

Observer analyzers provide the necessary analysis of all aspect of a wireless network.

Virtualization

Network Instruments virtual solutions solve these issues by providing full access to virtual traffic on the wire, between hosts, and even between virtual machines within a single host.