Pricing for the Sniffer Enterprise Solution Architecture starts around $3,000 and can go as high as several hundred thousands of dollars, depending on the configuration.
Network Instruments Dials In to VoIP With Observer
Network Instruments unveiled Version 11 of Observer, the company's flagship network analysis solution. Among improvements, the company has injected enhanced VoIP support throughout Observer line with VoIP Expert, designed to provide in-depth diagnostics of VoIP performance. For example, administrators can assess call metrics such as call status, current jitter, duration, and more on an individual phone calls. The solution also can record phone calls to be replayed later.
Additionally, Observer 11 is available as a native Windows 64-bit application, and the company's gigabit and WAN appliances are 64-bit systems.
"The 64-bit platform greatly improves analysis performance," said Douglas Smith, president and co-founder of Network Instruments. "64-bit doesn't just double the speed; it improves it up to eight-fold. As analysis vendors prepare to manage EtherChannel and then 10-gig down the road, our gigabit capture technology, combined with 64-bit Windows, ensures our customers can easily keep up. For us, 64-bit is about maximizing our systems to provide the fastest, most accurate, most efficient analysis possible."
Observer 11 also offers MultiHop Analysis, which tracks up to 10 conversation or transaction hops across a network, a feature for pinpointing bottlenecks, identifying packet loss, and verifying SLAs.
Network Instruments also has announced enhancements to GigaStor, the company's high-capacity storage device designed to capture massive amounts of data -- up to 8TB -- at wire speed. One such enhancement is time-based navigation, which enables administrators to view network performance down to the nanosecond to pinpoint problems. According to Network Instruments, the appliance itself performs data processing and analysis, which means it doesn't need to transfer large quantities of data across the network to the main Observer console for processing.
"It's a new paradigm in network troubleshooting. Unlike competing vendors, the GigaStor has the capability to perform all data processing and analysis locally on the appliance. This eliminates having to transfer large amounts of data across the network for analysis," said Smith. "For example, with other products, it could take days to transfer and analyze only 1 percent of a 4TB capture. With the GigaStor only screen updates are transferred, so analyzing data just takes seconds."
Pricing starts at $995 for Observer, $2,895 for Expert Observer, and $3,995 for Observer Suite. The GigaStor Appliance begins at $35,000 for a 4TB configuration.