Network Instruments Extends Performance Management into Device and Route Health

Observer platform integrates network, application, and infrastructure into single view with Observer Infrastructure

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Network Instruments, a company specializing in network and application performance management, recently 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 provides an integrated view of performance on a single console.

OI serves as the platform's source of infrastructure information, which enables it to now provide 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.

OI extends the visibility of the Observer platform into device-based performance. In conjunction with Observer Reporting Server, network teams can drill from high-level infrastructure views to specific devices for quicker problem solving.

Many companies have invested in Cisco and Microsoft infrastructure for assessing system and application performance. OI, paired with the Observer platform, allows users to harness these metrics in conjunction with packet analysis to evaluate network activity and device health.

OI provides support for IP SLA and Cisco's NBAR and WAAS features. In addition, managers can set alarms to be alerted to infrastructure problems or send SNMP traps to third-party reporting platforms.

The solution can be deployed as software or as a hardware appliance. In addition, OI probes can be deployed across larger networks with polling and processing occurring locally on the probe.

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