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December 12, 2013

LiveAction 3.1 Lands, Brings Usability and Performance Enhancements

ActionPacked Networks has released the latest version of its flagship LiveAction network visualization tool, bringing the offering up to version 3.1. As with any significant update, version 3.1 of LiveAction offers a handful of enhancements, both major and minor.  Among them include broader and faster reporting capabilities, faster problem solving, deeper visibility and enriched filtering and search features.

In other words, it seems as though LiveAction 3.1 does its job even better and more quickly than prior releases. It also offers added support, particularly for Cisco Medianet path analysis and Media Services Interface (MSI (News - Alert)) 4.0. According to ActionPacked Networks co-founder and chief technology officer John Smith, many of LiveAction’s new features and improvements come straight from its users.

“In LiveAction 3.1, we incorporated feedback from network administrators,” said Smith in a statement. “In doing so, included deeper visibility and made LiveAction easier to use.”

Release 2.6 of LiveAction, which landed back in February, brought along the ability to support one million flows per second, far outperforming competing products, which tend to top out below 100,000 flows per second. Although LiveAction 3.1 can’t claim further jumps forward on this metric, it’s still a significant upgrade for the platform.

For example, reporting performance is now five times faster than previous iterations, while its new smart 360-degree report view offers greater flexibility with enhanced workflows. This allows network administrators to more easily switch between various reports while still gleaning in-depth analysis.

Improved context-aware alerts, meanwhile, allow issues to be isolated and solved more quickly while offering a better understanding of who is involved, what they are doing and where problems occur.

Other new features introduced in LiveAction 3.1 include Wireless User Identity, for better handling of BYOD apps and devices, and Configuration Change Audit Trail, which tracks who makes what network device configuration changes.

Edited by Blaise McNamee

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