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NetTest enhances IP monitoring

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NetTest has enhanced the IP filtering functionality on the latest version of its Fastnet non-intrusive enterprise network monitoring system.

The v7.5 upgrade allows network managers to pinpoint specific ranges of IP addresses where problems typically reside, facilitating time savings and more efficient use of network bandwidth, according to NetTest R&D director Martin Lomp.

“By specifying a range of IP addresses to monitor, users can configure multiple probes to watch a line with large numbers of IP addresses,” Lomp said.

“The ability to hone in on specified IP ranges helps users efficiently monitor key, high impact IP addresses amongst the myriad of IP addresses in use.”

“We believe this important new functionality meets a critical challenge facing network managers today,” Lomp said.

Fastnet v7.5 also supports a series of new ATM QoS parameters, including sustained cell rate for specifying the upper bound on the conforming average rate of the ATM connection, and peak cell rate for specifying the upper bound on traffic that can be submitted on the connection.

Other supported parameters are maximum burst size for the number of cells at the peak rate that might traverse the connection, and minimum cell rate, which specifies the rate at which the source is allowed to send.

The new version also gives managers the ability to automatically export IP and protocol statistics, allowing them to boost the performance of their existing systems, Lomp said.

Other enhancements include customised reporting that allow users to sort data on any column that uses ActiveX components – namely Web sites, HTML pages and dashboards – and the ability to monitor Frame Relay links where FRF.9 compression is activated, Lomp added.

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