Network Instruments Introduces New "Matrix" Network Monitoring Switch -- Advanced Tool So Simple It Can Be Set Up in 10 Minutes
MINNEAPOLIS, MN, Sep 19, 2013 (Marketwired via COMTEX) --
Network Instruments(R), a developer of innovative network and
application performance management solutions, today announced the
Network Instruments Matrix(TM) Network Monitoring Switch (NMS), an
appliance that allows network teams to optimize the flow of traffic
from network links to critical performance and security monitoring
devices. Marking its first entry into the NMS market, the Matrix NMS
allows medium- to large-size enterprises through Global 2,000
companies to maximize the life of monitoring tools, aggregate
under-utilized links and more effectively handle increased network
bandwidth loads. The new product is scalable and easier-to-use than
existing solutions and can be set up and running in just ten minutes.
"The Network Instruments Matrix NMS helps solve monitoring dilemmas
faced by time- and cash-strapped IT departments trying to keep up
with exploding network bandwidth demand and ever-changing IT
environments," said Charles Thompson, director of product strategy
for Network Instruments. "The Matrix offers a simple, centralized
approach to managing network connections and the flow of traffic to
critical monitoring devices -- it acts like a monitoring traffic cop.
This unique method allows network managers to quickly set and change
traffic policy in a couple of clicks, eliminating multiple
configuration steps, such as having to separately configure the
ingress point, egress points and filters. The end result is
performing any task only takes seconds, freeing up time and keeping
networks running smoothly."
According to an April 2012 Gartner research report(1), the network
monitoring switch market is projected to grow by 30 percent in 2013
to $286 million. "Network monitoring switches are invaluable for
teams seeking to prevent critical monitoring infrastructure from
being overwhelmed by increased bandwidth usage and the burden of
legacy systems," said Bojan Simic, IT Analyst, TRAC Research.
"Although there are extremely strong benefits for using network
monitoring switches, there are also major obstacles to adoption.
Nearly half of the organizations we spoke with indicated the price
point of these solutions were too high, while another major barrier
cited was a lack of flexible deployment options. Solutions like
Network Instruments Matrix mark a major step forward in this space by
offering an NMS with an easier-to-use interface, robust feature set,
but at a compelling price point."
In addition to a streamlined configuration process, the Network
Instruments Matrix NMS is different from existing NMS solutions due
to its extensive number of included advanced features such as
de-duplication, advanced filtering, packet trimming and flexible
time-stamping, all contained in a single scalable solution.
Network Instruments Matrix NMS features include:
-- All-in-one pricing: Complete traffic management and filtering offering
advanced, customized features without additional charges or modules.
-- Simplified set-up and administration: Configuration within 10 minutes
with simplified user interface and centralized traffic policy
-- Pay-as-you-grow scalability: Users can activate only the ports needed
to manage the current network environment and add more as they grow.
-- Full-fledged third-party integration: Network teams can manage all
aspects of Matrix with external tools via RESTful API.
"While there have been other NMS solutions on the market, Network
Instruments saw this as an opportunity to bring what we do best to
this product segment," said Douglas Smith, president, CEO and
co-founder of Network Instruments. "Our customers have complex jobs
and an intricate system of tools to monitor their networking
infrastructure. The Matrix is built upon our core expertise of
designing purpose-built software and hardware for high-speed network
analysis. Utilizing our deep IP experience, we're able to incorporate
high-end functionality and components into a custom hardware design
rather than placing these features in software only, yielding a
faster, more effective solution."
The Matrix 1024 is
available and shipping today. The 1U NMS appliance supports up to 24
ports for connecting and monitoring 1 gigabit (Gb) or 10Gb network
links. Eight to 24 ports can be activated with the initial purchase.
Increments of four ports can be activated as needed. For additional
scalability, Matrix units can be daisy-chained to expand beyond 24
About Network Instruments
Network Instruments develops the
industry's most scalable application performance monitoring
solutions. Its legacy of Internet Protocol (IP) expertise allows for
deeper, more actionable network visibility, so IT teams can resolve
issues more quickly. Addressing the network management needs of
medium-to-large enterprises through Global 2,000 companies, Network
Instruments supports today's important IT initiatives, such as
unified communications (UC), cloud, data center consolidation and
virtualization, while lowering total cost of ownership. For more
information visit www.networkinstruments.com or follow on Twitter
(1) Jonah Kowall and Deborah Curtis, "Vendor Landscape for
Application-Aware Network Performance Monitoring and Network Packet
Brokers," Gartner (April 18, 2012): 20.
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