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October 14, 2010

Fastest Long-Term Capture Device Features 10GB Wirespeed

By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributor

Network Instruments (News - Alert), a major player in network and application management, has introduced its newest GigaStor appliance for back-in-time analysis of 10 Gigabit Ethernet links at wirespeed.

Officials with Network Instruments said that the appliance is the industry's first retrospective network analysis (RNA) device capable of saving traffic to disk at full line rate on full-duplex 10 Gigabit Ethernet links.  

Company officials said that the new GigaStor, which is capable of storing 192 TB, is designed to help transaction-heavy enterprises validate and manage the delivery and performance of critical applications in the data center.

"Being able to handle sustained full-duplex 10 Gigabit Ethernet is the only way to guarantee monitoring accuracy and verify the performance of technologies in high through-put environments," said Douglas Smith, president and co-founder of Network Instruments, in a statement.

"Whether managing new application rollouts, cloud and virtual migrations, or high-volume trading networks, our larger customers have demanded a robust and reliable solution to assess and optimize performance in the data center,” said Smith.

He said that without these capabilities, customers risk dropping packets, missing performance problems, and slowing business processes.

According to company officials, the new GigaStor for 10 Gigabit wirespeed capture provides two ports for monitoring and the company's internally designed and manufactured Gen2 capture card technology.

The Gen2 is purpose-built and optimized for 10 Gb analysis, utilizing a 16-lane PCI (News - Alert) Express capture facility and performing filtering and processing statistics on the card.

Back in May Network Instruments had announced that its Observer platform now provides a unified view of performance that integrates network, application, and system health.

With the release of Observer Infrastructure (OI), the Observer platform is the first analysis solution to provide a completely integrated view of performance on a single console.

OI serves as the platform’s source of infrastructure information, which enables it to now provide high-level views of business-critical services that include server health and metrics alongside application response time and other vital health data.

OI utilizes performance monitoring technologies including SNMP, WMI, IP SLA, WAAS, and NBAR, to obtain complete network-wide views of device health and application performance.

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Erin Monda