Network monitoring tool aims to improve uptime

Network monitoring tool aims to improve uptime

By William Jackson

GCN Staff

Extreme Networks Inc. of Santa Clara, Calif., has a network monitoring tool that keeps an eye on the application layer performance of an enterprise network.

ServiceWatch, an addition to the company's ExtremeWare suite of management software, can monitor application performance on any vendor's hardware.

With gigabit Ethernet hitting the mainstream, 10-Gbps Ethernet in the works and talk about 100-Gbps Ethernet beginning, reliability is still an unconquered frontier, said George Prodan, vice president of marketing at Extreme Networks.

Eyes wide open

ServiceWatch monitors up to 1,000 network services through a Web interface. The administrator can specify service types, locations, user names, passwords, intervals or other parameters. Scripts created with an extensible application programming interface can respond automatically when performance falls below defined thresholds.

ServiceWatch 1.0 for SunSoft Solaris platforms starts at $2,995 to monitor five network services and goes up to $19,995 for 100 services. The $4,995 extensibility API is licensed separately. ServiceWatch for Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows NT and Linux will come out later this year.

Contact Extreme Networks at 408-579-2800.

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