The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2015-10-30T07:00:00Z NETSCOUT’s Fluke Networks Enterprise Solutions broadens support for 802.11ac wireless network standard 2015-10-30T07:00:00Z netscout-s-fluke-networks-enterprise-solutions-broadens-support-for-802-11ac-wireless-network-standard ​As more organisations embrace mobile computing and consumers increasingly rely on mobile devices to manage their always-on, hyper-connected world, Wi-Fi networks are quickly becoming the backbone for delivering an optimal user experience. According to Cisco’s Visual Networking Index report, wired devices will account for just 33 per cent of IP traffic by 2019, while Wi-Fi and mobile devices will account for 66 percent (1). Recognising the interdependency of wired and wireless networks, Fluke Networks Enterprise Solutions, a business unit of NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC. (NASDAQ: NTCT) is rolling out new 802.11ac functionality in two of its most popular portable network analysis and troubleshooting tools, the OptiView® XG Network Analysis Tablet and the OneTouch™ AT Generation 2 Network Assistant.“People increasingly judge the quality of a network by wireless access performance. If users experience a slow Wi-Fi network, or they can’t connect to it, or they keep losing the connection, their frustration mounts and the entire network becomes suspect,” said Daryle DeBalski, vice president and general manager of Fluke Networks Enterprise Solutions. “A faster wireless technology standard like 802.11ac offers significant upside, but only if IT teams can keep the network running at optimal levels. Our expanded support for 802.11ac gives IT leaders peace of mind, knowing their teams can quickly find and fix any wired or wireless performance issue to maximise end-user experience.”The appetite for Wi-Fi is growing faster than the infrastructure to support it According to the Wi-Fi Alliance, a non-profit consortium of companies that develop Wi-Fi products and services, more than 42 per cent of the world’s mobile data traffic and more than 90 per cent of the world’s tablet traffic ran over Wi-Fi in 2014, (2). At the same time, the number of network-connected devices continues to grow at a staggering rate of nearly 20 per cent by 2016 (3) , according to independent research firm Infonetics.With the number of enterprise users expected to grow by 10 per cent over the next two years (4) and each of those users more likely to carry one or more connected devices, enterprise organisations are moving quickly to adopt 802.11ac. However, upgrading to 802.11ac is not a simple 1:1 replacement of existing 802.11 technologies.Everything wireless starts with a wireThe 802.11ac wireless standard promises to triple the speed of Wi-Fi network connections, but unless the entire network infrastructure (both wired and wireless) can handle those speeds, end users aren’t likely to experience the full benefit of 802.11ac. Organisations upgrading to the faster standard need a holistic way to plan, analyse and troubleshoot the entire network infrastructure, rather than relying on multiple point solutions to test separate components of the network.Fluke Networks Enterprise Solutions puts organisations back in control of the performance of their entire IT landscape and the user experience it provides—regardless of whether services are running on wired or wireless networks.The OptiView XG is the first tablet specifically designed for the network engineer. It automates root cause analysis of both wired and wireless network and application problems, saving the engineer significant time and effort. The new version of OptiView XG comes with the full suite of AirMagnet Mobile tools already built in, letting XG users leverage the industry’s premier wireless network planning, deployment, troubleshooting, and security solution in combination with the market leading wired analysis capabilities.The OneTouch AT is an automated handheld tester that network technicians use to troubleshoot both Ethernet and Wi-Fi network performance in real time by validating connectivity, service availability and path performance.Both products are rugged, portable devices, letting IT teams connect, analyse and troubleshoot issues from anywhere—from their desk, in the data centre or at an end user’s location—using a single, integrated wireline and wireless portable tool. This lets network engineers and technicians alike:• reduce IT costs, simplify workload, and minimise user complaints with instant answers and guidance on security, performance, and voice issues• simultaneously validate wired and wireless infrastructure performance, mirroring the actual experience of end users• speed detection, location and resolution of faults, freeing up IT teams to work on other initiatives.The OptiView XG Network Analysis Table and OneTouch AT G2 Network Assistant with new 802.11ac functionality are now available. For more information about Fluke Networks Enterprise Solutions support for 802.11ac, visit http://www.flukenetworks.com/content/80211ac.# # #About NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC.NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC. (NASDAQ: NTCT) is a market leader in real-time service assurance and cybersecurity solutions for today’s most demanding service provider, enterprise and government networks. NETSCOUT’s Adaptive Service Intelligence (ASI) technology continuously monitors the service delivery environment to identify performance issues and provides insight into network-based security threats, helping teams to quickly resolve issues that can cause business disruptions or impact user experience. NETSCOUT delivers unmatched service visibility and protects the digital infrastructure that supports our connected world. To learn more, visit www.netscout.com.©2015 NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC. All rights reserved. NETSCOUT, the NETSCOUT logo, Guardians of the Connected World, Adaptive Service Intelligence, InfiniStream, and nGeniusONE are registered trademarks or trademarks of NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. Third-party trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners.Editorial Note: Fluke Networks Enterprise Solutions is a provider of network performance monitoring and diagnostics solutions designed to streamline issue resolution and ensure an optimal end-user experience in today’s borderless enterprise. Organisations worldwide trust Fluke Networks to help solve their toughest issues and emerging challenges in WLAN security, SaaS, mobility, unified communications and data centres. NETSCOUT is a market leader in service assurance and cybersecurity solutions for today’s most demanding service provider, enterprise and government networks. Connect at www.flukenetworks.com.For more information, follow Fluke Networks Enterprise Solutions on social media: Twitter: http://twitter.com/FlukeNetENTFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/flukenetworksLinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/fluke-networks 1 Cisco Systems. Visual Networking Index: Forecast and Methodology, 2014-2019 White Paper. May 2015. Available online at http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/solutions/collateral/service-provider/ip-ngn-ip-next-generation-network/white_paper_c11-481360.html2 Wi-Fi Alliance. 2014 Annual Report. Available online at http://www.nxtbook.com/splash/WiFi_Alliance/wifi_annualreport2014.php3 Infonetics. IHS Infonetics Wireless LAN Equipment and WiFi Phones Report. June 2015. Available online at: https://www.infonetics.com/cgp/login.asp?id=9634 Ibid. NETSCOUT’s Fluke Networks Enterprise Solutions wins NetworkWorld Asia 2015 Readers’ Choice Award 2015-10-28T04:01:33Z netscout-s-fluke-networks-enterprise-solutions-wins-networkworld-asia-2015-readers-choice-award October 28, 2015 – Fluke Networks Enterprise Solutions, a business unit of NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC. (NASDAQ: NTCT), has been named a NetworkWorld Asia 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards winner in the ‘network testing, monitoring & protection’ category.   The latest NetworkWorld Asia Readers' Choice Product Excellence Awards recognise solution providers that have made the greatest impact on Asian end-user organisations in 2015. The awards are based on votes from qualified readers of NetworkWorld Asia, Networks Asia, Asia Cloud Forum, Security Asia and Storage Asia.   The ‘network testing, monitoring & protection’ category award identifies the best tools and services that monitor and test corporate networks, troubleshoot problems, and protect network infrastructure integrity.   Amit Rao, Senior Director of Business Development, Fluke Networks Enterprise Solutions, said, “Fluke Networks Enterprise Solutions is honoured to win the Readers’ Choice Awards 2015 in the ‘network testing, monitoring & protection’ category. This award reflects Fluke Networks Enterprise Solutions’ commitment to providing the highest-quality network performance monitoring and diagnostics solutions to streamline issue resolution and ensure optimal end-user experience in today’s increasingly borderless enterprises.   “The award win also validates Fluke Networks Enterprise Solutions development of its borderless enterprise strategy, which includes the tools organisations need to test and monitor the network, to mitigate the negative impact and equip IT leaders with the insight they need. This is highly important in today’s market, as IT organisations grapple with effective network and application management made increasingly complex due to several trends that diminish visibility into the company’s application delivery infrastructure. These include, cloud computing, BYOD, mobility, unified communications, and shadow IT.”   The award will be presented on October 29, 2015 at One Farrer Hotel & Spa in Singapore.     ###  About NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC. NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC. (NASDAQ: NTCT) is a market leader in real-time service assurance and cybersecurity solutions for today’s most demanding service provider, enterprise and government networks. NETSCOUT’s Adaptive Service Intelligence (ASI) technology continuously monitors the service delivery environment to identify performance issues and provides insight into network-based security threats, helping teams to quickly resolve issues that can cause business disruptions or impact user experience.  NETSCOUT delivers unmatched service visibility and protects the digital infrastructure that supports our connected world. To learn more, visit www.netscout.com.   ©2015 NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC.  All rights reserved. NETSCOUT, the NETSCOUT logo, Guardians of the Connected World, Adaptive Service Intelligence, InfiniStream, and nGeniusONE are registered trademarks or trademarks of NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. Third-party trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners.   Editorial Note: Fluke Networks Enterprise Solutions is a provider of network performance monitoring and diagnostics solutions designed to streamline issue resolution and ensure an optimal end-user experience in today’s borderless enterprise. Organisations worldwide trust Fluke Networks to help solve their toughest issues and emerging challenges in WLAN security, SaaS, mobility, unified communications and data centres. NETSCOUT is a market leader in service assurance and cybersecurity solutions for today’s most demanding service provider, enterprise and government networks. Connect at www.flukenetworks.com.   For more information, follow Fluke Networks Enterprise Solutions on social media: Twitter: http://twitter.com/FlukeNetENT Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/flukenetworks LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/fluke-networks Fluke Networks introduces Link-Solutions – the adaptable toolset for network connectivity testing, documentation and reporting 2015-03-18T00:31:18Z fluke-networks-introduces-link-solutions-the-adaptable-toolset-for-network-connectivity-testing-documentation-and-reporting March 11, 2015 – Fluke Networks has unveiled Link-Solutions, a combination of the industry’s most popular network testers and cloud-based reporting, which provides organisations greater flexibility and convenience in how they manage their network connectivity test results. Based on Fluke Networks’ popular LinkRunner and LinkSprinter hand-held network testers, Link-Solutions provides a cohesive way for PC and front-line technicians, field-managed IT teams, system integrators and VARs to conduct copper, fibre and Ethernet tests and then manage their test results – regardless of which testers they used – via a unified cloud-based dashboard. The company also announced the availability of the award-winning LinkSprinter outside North America for the first time.An adaptable network connectivity testing solution designed to grow with any business Link-Solutions comprises three products that work together to provide IT organisations unmatched flexibility in how they manage their network connectivity test results. As an organisation’s network becomes more complex, they can use the more sophisticated components of Link-Solutions, which include:  • LinkRunner AT Network Tester. One of the industry’s most widely used handheld testers, the LinkRunner AT provides a complete copper and fibre optic network testing solution, including network connectivity at 10M/100M/1G, link status verification, PoE loading, connectivity type and signal strength. LinkRunner also features a one-button AutoTest, which performs a complete set of network connectivity tests for both copper and fibre, and quickly shows the results. • LinkSprinter family of pocket-sized network testers. In addition to the existing DHCP, Gateway and Internet connection confirmations offered by LinkSprinter 100 and 200, Fluke Networks is introducing a new model, the LinkSprinter 300, which measures cable status and length, and can also flash the hub port. One new feature common to both the LinkSprinter and LinkRunner AT devices is buffer size, which has increased to accommodate data from up to 12 test results, rather than the previous maximum of four.  • Link-Live Cloud Service. Tying together the test results from both the LinkRunner AT and LinkSprinter, this cloud service provides a unified view of all test results for a project in a single interface. Link-Live Cloud Service offers two subscription levels to suit the specific needs of each organisation – a free “Essentials” service that comes standard with all LinkRunner AT and LinkSprinter tools, and a new “Job Pro” service, which offers an expanded feature set for a subscription fee. The annual fee for the Job Pro service starts at $48 per year (USD) and includes unlimited testing and support for up to 10 testers. In addition to these new features, Fluke Networks also introduced bundled pricing for Link-Solutions, which offers organisations a discount for buying either a full Link-Solutions kit containing both products, or a set of LinkSprinters in a five- or 10-pack bundle. “Link-Solutions addresses multiple issues. Whether it’s simply providing a tester priced low enough so every team member can have their own tester, or matching testers to the skill level of each user,  Link-Solutions brings unmatched adaptability and affordability to test results management,” said Daryle DeBalski, vice president and general manager of the Enterprise business unit for Fluke Networks. “Our cloud service runs on an intuitive interface that can be accessed from any smart device or computer, allowing users to review, edit and annotate LinkSprinter and LinkRunner AT results in just a few seconds. This is a huge leap in convenience and timesaving for anyone on a jobsite or managing a project – especially when using both tools at the same time.”Link-Live Job Pro offers sophisticated features for organisations with more complex needs The Link-Live Job Pro service streamlines test results management and enables organisations to move smoothly from one tool to another: • Reporting and Analytics – Link-Live Pro offers users the ability to generate detailed analytics pages from a combination of LinkSprinter or LinkRunner devices. The reports include graphical representations of test results and are completely customisable, including adding a company logo – an especially useful feature for system integrators and VARs that need to send reports to a client as evidence of a completed job. • Detailed Documentation – Link-Live Pro allows users to attach photos from mobile devices to the test results. Technicians can run tests and take images of a wall jack or an installed device’s serial number – a benefit for installers who need to keep evidence of any completed work. • Simplified Workflow – Link-Live is browser-based, which means organisations need never download a smart phone app. Field technicians can simply use their smart mobile device to capture field data and add it to single or multiple test results as a comment. Comments can be pre-configured and as granular as necessary to provide reference for single or multiple tests. • Project Management – Users can organise test results for each project, based on job sites, specific buildings, a floor location, etc. in advance of starting actual testing. This highly customisable feature means test results can be pre-sorted and auto-filed as they are completed, including any images or comments that need to be associated with a specific test. Link-Solution products are now available in select countries worldwide. Please visit http://www.Link-Solutions.com for more information. # # # About Fluke NetworksFluke Networks is the world-leading provider of network performance monitoring and diagnostics solutions designed to streamline issue resolution and ensure an optimal end-user experience—even in today’s borderless enterprise. Leading organisations worldwide trust Fluke Networks to help solve their toughest issues and emerging challenges in WLAN security, SaaS, mobility, unified communications and data centres. Based in Everett, Wash., the company distributes products in more than 50 countries. For more information, visit www.FlukeNetworks.com.  For more information, follow Fluke Networks on Twitter @FlukeNetENT, Facebook, or the LinkedIn Company or Group page.  Fluke Networks introduces LinkWare™ Live Professional Edition, featuring cable certification project management from any smart mobile device 2015-03-06T03:45:52Z fluke-networks-introduces-linkware-live-professional-edition-featuring-cable-certification-project-management-from-any-smart-mobile-device February 25, 2015 – Fluke Networks has unveiled a powerful new edition of LinkWare Live™, the industry’s fastest-growing cloud-based cable certification project management service. Building on the success of LinkWare Live Essentials the new LinkWare Live Professional™ further streamlines workflow for contractor project managers and field technicians, providing cabling certification project status on any smart, mobile device. LinkWare Live Professional supports browser based, remote tester configuration and real-time reconciliation between the project manager’s test setup and the field technician’s uploaded results.   With LinkWare Live Professional, project managers gain more visibility and control on the job site, ensuring their cabling installation projects will be finished on time, leading to more satisfied and faster-paying customers.   “With the launch of LinkWare Live Essentials last year, we helped our Versiv customers save time and money by dramatically simplifying test results management, eliminating problems associated with improper test setups and lost test results,” said Jason Wilbur, vice president and general manager of the datacom installation business unit at Fluke Networks. “Now less than six months later, we are introducing LinkWare Live Professional, which allows project managers, engineers and consultants to properly configure copper and fibre cabling certification projects in the cloud, deploy these configurations to testers in the field at the push of a button, and monitor the actual progress onsite in near real time as technicians sync their test results. With LinkWare Live Professional, they can support their cable installation teams all over the world from anywhere in the world.”  The leader in cloud enablement for network cabling installation Fluke Networks pioneered the direct tester-to-cloud connection with LinkWare Live Essentials, enabling contractors to upload copper and fibre certification test results straight from testers in the field, eliminating wasted time and cutting the risk of lost or corrupt test results. The service became an immediate success, with thousands of new users signed up since its launch.  LinkWare Live Professional builds on those capabilities by offering two-way interaction among the always-mobile project manager, technicians and their test equipment to eliminate errors and monitor job progress. They can now set up new jobs for multiple testers, assign cable IDs and configure test limits with just a few keystrokes, and push them to the cloud for access by testers anywhere in the world.   Once the job is complete, field technicians upload the results directly from the tester to the LinkWare Live cloud service, which automatically assigns copper and fibre test results to the correct project. Project managers can easily verify that results comply with the setup configuration they deployed to their testers and technicians in the field and then more quickly generate LinkWare Reports to deliver to their customer.  LinkWare Live Professional streamlines contractor workflows and accelerates payment through a variety of new features: Two-way communication between the tester and the cloud Simple browser-based test setup and configuration, with the ability to generate cable IDs Test setup corrections and updates to Versiv devices without removing them from the field Notifications of incorrect test settings Free storage of up to 200,000 copper or 10,000 fibre results (links) or a combination of the two.   Both LinkWare Live Essentials and LinkWare Live Professional are now available as free services in multiple languages for Versiv owners worldwide. LinkWare Live Professional will become a monthly subscription service after 2015. Learn more: Visit the Fluke Networks LinkWare Live page for more details.   ###  About Fluke Networks Fluke Networks is the world-leading provider of network test and monitoring solutions to speed the deployment and improve the performance of networks and applications. Leading enterprises and service providers trust Fluke Networks’ products and expertise to help solve today’s toughest issues and emerging challenges in WLAN security, mobility, unified communications and data centres. Based in Everett, Wash., the company distributes products in more than 50 countries. For more information, visit http://www.FlukeNetworks.com.   For more information and updates, follow Fluke Networks on social media. Twitter: https://twitter.com/FlukeNetDCI Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/flukenetworks LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/fluke-networks Fluke Networks makes dynamic responses to wireless threats and true “no-wireless” zones realities with new capabilities in AirMagnet Enterprise 2015-02-24T03:59:36Z fluke-networks-makes-dynamic-responses-to-wireless-threats-and-true-no-wireless-zones-realities-with-new-capabilities-in-airmagnet-enterprise February 13, 2015 – Last year, hackers stole roughly 81.5 million records while carrying out more than 740 confirmed data breaches. Many of the attacks targeted household name brands, costing the global economy up to $575 billion annually*, and destroying consumer confidence—all while each company believed its data were secure. To combat this ever-growing threat, Fluke Networks has announced a major upgrade to its market-leading AirMagnet Enterprise wireless security solution.   With timely dynamic threat updates, location tracking and alerting of cellular or Wi-Fi devices, AirMagnet Enterprise is the first wireless intrusion detection and prevention (WIDS/WIPS) solution that lets enterprises and agencies enforce a 24x7 “no-wireless” zone. It also helps organisations meet stringent new PCI 3.0 compliance standards, includes a captive portal support for assuring guest wireless networks, and provides 802.11ac detection, location and blocking of rogue devices.     As mobile data, mobile devices and security breaches continue their stratospheric climb, the ability to immediately identify all rogue wireless activities, regardless of network type, and enforce a “no-wireless” zone is critical for organisations that deal with sensitive information and need to secure their vital data centres. AirMagnet Enterprise provides complete unified wireless (802.11a/b/g/n/ac) and cellular (3G, 4G LTE, CDMA) spectrum security across the entire wireless network infrastructure.   David Coffin, CTO of Fluke Networks explains, “AirMagnet Enterprise’s improved event detection helps IT teams actively identify, locate and mitigate cellular and Wi-Fi security threats such as unauthorised cellular and Wi-Fi devices and jammers. It also enforces the implementation of a ‘wireless-free zone’. Security and network operations not only have to contend with the inherent dangers and performance impacts of BYOD on their networks, but also the very real risk of espionage, hacking and malicious attacks from inside or outside their corporate boundaries. AirMagnet Enterprise delivers powerful new security capabilities to help IT combat these evolving threats.”  How to mitigate the consequences of “good enough" wireless protection No organisation deliberately ignores security threats, but many believe their precautions are “good enough.” They rely on the security features of access points or other wireless infrastructure components, which are incapable of detecting all types of threats across every channel. The good-enough approach presents several challenges—all of which can be overcome with AirMagnet Enterprise:Inadequate threat detection - Most access point security features perform only part-time scans of 44 standard Wi-Fi channels, when there are 201 non-standard extended channels where threats can hide. AirMagnet scans all  245 Wi-Fi channels,  protects against more than 230 threats, and rapidly identifies and reacts to security and performance problems.Lengthy threat update cycles – Access point solutions require firmware updates to respond to new threats, often taking months to release. They also require downtime to install, creating significant security gaps. AirMagnet includes Dynamic Threat Update technology, which enables rapid response to new threat signatures (e.g., AirMagnet Enterprise was the first to provide threat protection for the Enterprise Honeypot AP threat in January 2015) often within 24 hours of identification.Limited Performance Reporting – Many wireless security solutions provide only cryptic reporting that’s hard to decipher before taking action increasing the burden on an already overloaded IT administrator. AirMagnet ‘s unique Automated Health Check (AHC) verifies the live client wireless environment for the entire WLAN connection path. It instantly pinpoints outages and slowdowns before users are affected, ultimately eliminating finger pointing and reducing time to resolution. Minimal forensic analysis – It’s not enough to know a security breach has occurred. IT teams need detailed forensics to identify the root cause and eliminate it fast. AirMagnet offers remote forensic packet capture at the point of event trigger,  which eliminates costly truck rolls and helps IT teams rapidly analyse and archive the exact packet trace which caused the alarm.Hidden monitoring gaps – Many wireless environments comprise multiple access point types and incompatible security features, creating holes in what the IT team believes is a comprehensive security system. AirMagnet works in hybrid wireless architecture environments, which eliminates security gaps and integration issues between disparate access points.  AirMagnet Enterprise also helps organisations that access, store or transmit cardholder data (CHD) and personally identifiable information (PII) by meeting the latest PCI 3.0 regulatory requirements for penetration testing, which went into effect on January 1, 2015.   “As we’ve seen with recent attacks, companies risk long-term damage to their brand and reputation, as well as immediate lost productivity and revenue without thorough detection and mitigation of security threats,” said Coffin. “AirMagnet Enterprise gives organisations the most comprehensive set of wireless security monitoring and protection tools available for IT and security professionals to protect their respective organisations and their customers. Wireless is impossible to see – AirMagnet Enterprise makes our customers’ wireless networks protected and visible to them.”   For complete product details please visit the AirMagnet Enterprise page.   * Center for Strategic and international Studies, Net Losses: Estimating the Global Cost of Cybercrime, June 2014 http://www.mcafee.com/us/resources/reports/rp-economic-impact-cybercrime2.pdf   ###  About Fluke Networks Fluke Networks is the world-leading provider of network test and monitoring solutions to speed the deployment and improve the performance of networks and applications. Leading enterprises and service providers trust Fluke Networks’ products and expertise to help solve today’s toughest issues and emerging challenges in WLAN security, mobility, unified communications and data centres. Based in Everett, Wash., the company distributes products in more than 50 countries. For more information, visit http://www.FlukeNetworks.com.   For additional information and updates, follow Fluke Networks on social media. Twitter: https://twitter.com/FlukeNetWIFI Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/AirMagnet/44054111550?ref=br_tf LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/fluke-networks                                                                                                          Fluke Networks introduces “AANPM for Dummies,” a how-to guide for an integrated approach to network and application performance management 2014-11-17T03:48:13Z fluke-networks-introduces-aanpm-for-dummies-a-how-to-guide-for-an-integrated-approach-to-network-and-application-performance-management November 10, 2014 – When an organisation’s network slows down, or fails completely, irate end users don’t care where the problem resides; they just want it fixed. The increasing complexity and interdependencies of today’s IT environments have given rise to a more integrated approach to network and application performance monitoring called Application-Aware Network Performance Management (AANPM). To help IT professionals understand how best to implement and use AANPM, Fluke Networks has launched a new guidebook, called AANPM for Dummies. Written specifically for network engineers, IT directors and CTOs, this downloadable eBook introduces the latest advances in network and application monitoring in six easy-to-read chapters. AANPM for Dummies removes the mystery surrounding AANPM.   Traditional network troubleshooting can be a time-consuming, frustrating process that adversely affects the end user experience, and ultimately the bottom line. AANPM offers engineers a more accurate and pinpointed view of both the network and applications, which reduces time spent debating where an issue originated.   The eBook explains how AANPM provides clarity and in-depth analysis of the relationships between a network and the applications running on it. Focused on end-user benefits, the book walks through the various unintended challenges created by traditional network management systems and outlines how the growing complexity of networks and the rising demands from end users require a more holistic monitoring approach. It also describes the building blocks needed for successful AANPM and provides several lessons Fluke Networks has learned from hundreds of AANPM implementations.   Doug Roberts, director of Enterprise Products at Fluke Networks commented, “This eBook is ideal for network engineers, IT managers or anyone who cares about delivering the best possible experience to their end users. While we wanted the book to describe the finer points of AANPM, we also didn’t want to over-complicate it. We are very pleased with the final result and look forward to learning what our customers and prospects think of it.”   “The strength and reach of the globally recognised ‘For Dummies’ brand helps its clients speak to their customers across the world and spread their message in a variety of formats and translations,” added Steven Edwards, Development Editor at Wiley Content Management, publishers of the ‘For Dummies’ series.   “Written in an easy-going, conversational style, For Dummies books take the mystery out of complex subjects and make them understandable and engaging. For Dummies are proud to have produced Application-Aware Network Performance Management for Dummies in association with Fluke Networks and are confident this book will prove useful to anyone involved with application and network performance management.”  AANPM for Dummies is available now for immediate download at http://www.flukenetworks.com/AANPM-for-Dummies.   To learn more about AANPM, visit Fluke Networks’ resource centre here.   # # #About Fluke Networks Fluke Networks is the world-leading provider of network test and monitoring solutions to speed the deployment and improve the performance of networks and applications. Leading enterprises and service providers trust Fluke Networks’ products and expertise to help solve today’s toughest issues and emerging challenges in WLAN security, mobility, unified communications and data centres. Based in Everett, Wash., the company distributes products in more than 50 countries. For more information, visit www.FlukeNetworks.   For additional information and updates, follow Fluke Networks on social media. Twitter: https://twitter.com/FlukeNetENT Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/flukenetworks LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/fluke-networks Fluke Networks delivers world’s first cloud-connected cable certification tool to optimise test results management and maximise project profitability 2014-10-07T01:44:35Z fluke-networks-delivers-world-s-first-cloud-connected-cable-certification-tool-to-optimise-test-results-management-and-maximise-project-profitability October 1, 2014 – Fluke Networks has unveiled LinkWare™ Live, the first cloud-based service that lets contractors, cable installers and project managers using the Versiv™ family of certification testers to upload, manage, and analyse certification test results from cabling projects—anytime, anywhere.   LinkWare Live works with DSX-5000™, OptiFiber® Pro, and CertiFiber® Pro certification testers to optimise project management and safeguard contractor profitability by providing real-time access to testing results, extending support to technicians in the field, and eliminating costly truck rolls simply for tester transport back to the office. LinkWare Live is a free service available to all Versiv customers.   According to recent Fluke Networks surveys of more than 1,000 cable installers (who had collectively installed approximately 1 million links in the previous month), poor test results management creates a significant drag on productivity and profitability: eighty-three per cent reported having one or more test results management issues in the month prior to the survey the average time contractors spent dealing with test result issues in a single month was 15.2 hours—nearly two full workdays, not including the hours required to get the test results back to the office for analysing and reporting half of the respondents said it would be beneficial to access project status information from any location. Project managers struggle with manual, error-prone results management processes Collecting certification test results is a significant challenge because they are stored in testers that frequently move from one job site to another. These job sites can be hundreds of kilometres away from one another, as well as from headquarters. Accidentally erased or failed memory cards can negate several days’ worth of work, leading to costly truck rolls, lowered profit margins and delayed payment.  LinkWare Live saves time, reduces rework and improves profitability By uploading tests to LinkWare Live regularly, project managers can save trips solely to collect results, prevent data loss and continuously track project progress. LinkWare Live also automatically organises test results by job, eliminating the painstaking task of manually combining files from multiple testers.  Managing test results through a cloud-based service offers significant advantages: increased productivity by no longer needing to manually transport testers from the field just to download test results reduced time spent categorising and compiling test results by automatically consolidating them into the correct job less rework by reducing the likelihood of losing test results when testers or memory cards are lost, stolen or erased faster troubleshooting by providing instant access to results from anywhere real-time visibility into project status from any location.   Using LinkWare Live, contractors can achieve greater project profitability; increase the potential for more project wins; and use its unique analytics and benchmarking to improve installation, certification and troubleshooting efforts out in the field.  Quotes “From the introduction of our first cabling certification solution in 1997, we’ve meticulously designed our products to meet the ever-evolving needs of cabling contractors. One need that hasn’t changed is fast, accurate certification results that contractors and their customers can trust. Our primary objective is to increase contractor profitability by helping streamline workflows,” said Jason Wilbur, vice president and general manager of the Datacom Installation business unit at Fluke Networks. “LinkWare Live is the next step in the evolution of cable testing and certification, offering the industry’s first ‘anywhere, anytime’ visibility, ensuring every project is done right – the first time, on time.”   ###  Learn more: Visit www.LinkWareLive.com for more information and or to create a free LinkWare Live account. LinkWare Live requires Versiv firmware version 3.06 or higher, which is available at no charge from www.FlukeNetworks.com.  About Fluke Networks Fluke Networks is the world-leading provider of network test and monitoring solutions to speed the deployment and improve the performance of networks and applications. Leading enterprises and service providers trust Fluke Networks’ products and expertise to help solve today’s toughest issues and emerging challenges in WLAN security, mobility, unified communications and data centres. Based in Everett, Wash., the company distributes products in more than 50 countries. For more information, visit http://www.FlukeNetworks.com.   For additional information and updates, follow Fluke Networks on social media. Twitter: https://twitter.com/FlukeNetDCI Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/flukenetworks LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/fluke-networks   Fluke Networks AANPM solution wins two 2014 Communications Solutions Product of the Year Awards 2014-09-25T05:48:21Z fluke-networks-aanpm-solution-wins-two-2014-communications-solutions-product-of-the-year-awards September 25, 2014 – Fluke Networks, a world-leading provider of network monitoring and test solutions, has been honoured with two 2014 Communications Solutions Product of the Year awards from TMC, a global integrated media company, for  its Application-Aware Network Performance Management (AANPM) solution – Visual TruView™ and OptiView® XG.   As one of TMC’s most coveted awards, the Communications Solutions Product of the Year honours exceptional products and services updated or brought to market in the last year that facilitate voice, data and video communications solutions. The Fluke Networks products honored are: Visual TruView, a unified AANPM solution that incorporates five network and application monitoring tools in one, and OptiView XG, the company’s flagship portable network analysis tablet that automates root-cause analysis of wired and wireless network and application problems.   Fluke Networks integrated the two products earlier this year to provide the industry’s first AANPM solution capable of analysing an enterprise’s entire network infrastructure and providing a unified view of wired and wireless performance across the entire organisation, including the data centre, remote sites and applications delivered across cloud, carrier and enterprise networks.   This integration was awarded “Leader” standing in Gartner’s inaugural Magic Quadrant for Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics* (AANPM is also known as NPMD) earlier this year for its completeness of vision, ease of use and overall value in delivering complete application and network performance management in a truly unified way.   Frost & Sullivan also recently honored the Fluke Networks AANPM solution with the 2014 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for New Product Innovation Leadership.  Key features of the Fluke Networks AANPM solution include: End-to-end visibility that includes wired and wireless, application performance and device interconnectivity, and in-depth path analysis all the way from the data centre to an end user’s specific device. Unified network and appliance performance view across an organisation, eliminating the need for disparate, “swivel-chair” troubleshooting and finger pointing across IT teams when problems arise. Flexible deployment options that include Visual TruView installation as a standalone appliance or part of a multi-appliance distributed configuration, and OptiView XG deployment as an endpoint at remote sites or in a centralised location. Best-in-class value, increasing operations effectiveness, shorter Mean Time to Repair, and improved ROI on network and application management solution investments.  Quotes: “The Fluke Networks AANPM solution has won both industry awards and customer praise for its ability to bridge the Application Performance Management and Network Performance Management visibility gap,” said Daryle DeBalski, vice president and general manager of the Fluke Networks Visual business unit. “Our team’s mission is to streamline network performance monitoring and troubleshooting so our customers can solve issues faster to meet organisational needs and deliver the best possible end-user experience. This award is further validation that the market values our innovation.”   “Congratulations to Fluke Networks for receiving two 2014 Communications Solutions Product of the Year Awards,” said Rich Tehrani, CEO of TMC. “Visual TruView and OptiView XG have demonstrated true innovation and are among the best solutions that facilitate voice, data and video communications brought to market in the past twelve months. I look forward to continued excellence from Fluke Networks in 2014 and beyond.”   ###  Learn more: For more about AANPM and its importance in providing a superior user experience, visit: http://www.flukenetworks.com/expertise/topic/application-aware-network-performance-management&ls=PRrelease&visTMCPOY2014 For more information about Visual TruView, visit: http://www.flukenetworks.com/apps/truview&ls=PRrelease&visTMCPOY2014 For more on OptiView XG, visit: http://www.flukenetworks.com/enterprise-network/network-monitoring/optiview-xg-network-analysis-tablet&ls=PRrelease&visTMCPOY2014  About Fluke Networks Fluke Networks is the world-leading provider of network test and monitoring solutions to speed the deployment and improve the performance of networks and applications. Leading enterprises and service providers trust Fluke Networks’ products and expertise to help solve today’s toughest issues and emerging challenges in WLAN security, mobility, unified communications and data centres. Based in Everett, Wash., the company distributes products in more than 50 countries. For more information, visit http://www.FlukeNetworks.com.   For additional information, products and updates, follow Fluke Networks on social media. Twitter: https://twitter.com/FlukeNetVisual Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/flukenetworks LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/fluke-networks  *Gartner, Inc. "Magic Quadrant for Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics" by Jonah Kowell, Vivek Bhalla and Colin Fletcher, March 6, 2014 Fluke Networks launches Network Time Machine™ LTE/VoLTE to ensure optimal user experience on wireless networks 2014-06-20T03:55:29Z fluke-networks-launches-network-time-machine-lte-volte-to-ensure-optimal-user-experience-on-wireless-networks June 10, 2014 – Fluke Networks has unveiled the Network Time Machine™ LTE/VoLTE, a portable LTE troubleshooting appliance that helps wireless carriers resolve network performance issues quickly and cost effectively. This ability is crucial to reducing customer churn, as subscribers who switch wireless carriers increasingly point to poor customer care and inadequate network performance as their reason for leaving. The Network Time Machine provides extensive network and application visibility, as well as the forensic details necessary to solve signalling or data performance problems in 20 Gbps carrier environments. Using Network Time Machine, carriers can measure and prove network performance, resolve subscriber issues and deliver the best possible consumer experience to meet growing voice, video, and data demands. “The proliferation of affordable smartphones, tablets, and other devices has sparked an ever-increasing popularity of mobile videos, games, and data applications,” said Amit Rao, general manager of the Carrier Wireless Core product line. “While networks have evolved from 3G to 4G/LTE to meet performance demands, network monitoring technologies have not kept pace. Network Time Machine LTE/VoLTE is the first troubleshooting appliance that can deliver the 20Gbps performance required for high-performance wireless networks and—even more important—for creating loyalty among today’s fickle wireless subscribers.” According to a recent Ovum survey*, 27 per cent of wireless subscribers who had changed carriers in the previous month cited “low network quality/speed of the services” as their reason for switching. More than 30 per cent said poor customer care was a key reason. While today’s wireless carriers need better and faster ways to resolve the network issues that drive customer complaints, most of their network engineers rely on solutions that lack capture performance or fragile appliances that must be shipped to unmonitored high-traffic LTE port locations. These tools often break and require complex configurations to make them operational. Network Time Machine LTE/VoLTE is a rugged appliance that solves both problems. It identifies and resolves issues before subscriber frustration and churn concerns grow. The solution’s unique performance bottleneck analysis (PBA) automatically discovers applications and reports performance trending metrics by server, network, and client site. These metrics show where application time is spent and immediately identifies the root cause of customer complaints about performance. Network Time Machine also provides voice and video traffic analysis and playback, enabling carriers to troubleshoot and monitor the entire triple play from a single appliance. LTE network deployments have evolved carrier networks to an all-IP environment that encounter a host of new application and data problems, from the backhaul to the core and data centres in the network. Even if current monitoring systems can reach these regions, which most cannot, the end-to-end visibility needed to diagnose issues would suffer due to the exorbitant cost of monitoring every link and the lack of granularity needed to identify and fix the root cause. Network Time Machine LTE/VoLTE provides the application and network visibility LTE carriers need more cost-effectively and with more detailed data than other solutions. Network Time Machine for LTE is available in both portable and rackmount platforms. For more information and detailed product specifications, visit www.flukenetworks.com/lte. # # #About Fluke Networks Fluke Networks is the world-leading provider of network test and monitoring solutions to speed the deployment and improve the performance of networks and applications. Leading enterprises and service providers trust Fluke Networks’ products and expertise to help solve today’s toughest issues and emerging challenges in WLAN security, mobility, unified communications and data centres. Based in Everett, Wash., the company distributes products in more than 50 countries. For more information, visit www.FlukeNetworks.com or call +1 (425) 446-4519.   For additional information, promotions and updates, follow Fluke Networks on Twitter @FlukeNetWiFi, on Facebook, or on the LinkedIn Company or Group page.  *Ovum on behalf of Tektronix Communications. “Who Cares, Wins - Customer Service Perceptions and Churn,” February 2014 Fluke Networks adds cloud services to its award-winning OneTouch™ AT Network Assistant handheld tester 2014-04-17T04:41:00Z fluke-networks-adds-cloud-services-to-its-award-winning-onetouch-at-network-assistant-handheld-tester April 9, 2014 – Fluke Networks has introduced cloud services for its OneTouch™ AT Network Assistant. Free with any new handheld OneTouch AT tester or as a software upgrade for existing units, the cloud service lets the OneTouch AT tester provide visibility into network performance over time, which is an invaluable aid in troubleshooting intermittent problems that often occur when the network technician isn’t available. The new OneTouch AT software also offers “launch-and-leave” remote testing and more in-depth analytics, which helps technicians solve existing problems and pre-empt new ones. According to a recent Fluke Networks survey*, network technicians spend up to 25 per cent of their time troubleshooting end-user issues. Survey respondents also noted intermittent issues take twice as long to resolve because they tend to reappear when the technician isn’t available to fix them. According to the survey, intermittent problems comprise roughly 30 per cent of all end-user issues. Using cloud services to diagnose intermittent problems reaps rewards The OneTouch AT tester and new cloud service make it easier to see network irregularities, with sequential test results automatically uploaded to the cloud service and plotted on colour-coded charts. Technicians can now view trended results from multiple tests side-by-side to identify correlated events. They can even zoom in to see details for an event within a narrower time window, and then print or download charts as documentation. Autonomous remote testing enables “launch-and-leave” troubleshooting Network problems are never convenient, especially if they occur at a remote site, during non-business hours or on an intermittent basis. Using the cloud-enabled OneTouch AT tester, technicians can launch a series of autonomous tests and walk away. The OneTouch tester measures network performance, uploads the results to the cloud service and repeats the cycle as frequently as every 60 seconds for as long as a week, greatly improving the chance of catching intermittent problems. With results automatically saved to the cloud, technicians don’t even need to stay with the tester, knowing they can view and share results at any time from any Internet-enabled device. “With the new cloud-enabled OneTouch AT Network Assistant, Fluke Networks has effectively untethered technicians from their testers,” said Doug Roberts, director of Product Marketing for Fluke Networks. “While convenience is certainly a benefit, the real value is in reducing time and effort spent solving problems that impact productivity.” The OneTouch AT cloud service can also be used as a daily management and problem avoidance tool. Network administrators can set up the OneTouch AT tester as a generic client device accessing one or more services or servers and leave it running. By periodically signing into the cloud service, they can view performance results and look for degradations. If something suspicious appears, technicians can use the OneTouch AT tester to identify the root cause and fix issues before employees complain. Version 3 software is now shipping on all versions of the OneTouch AT Network Assistant. Existing Fluke Networks customers with Gold support will receive the upgrade at no additional charge. For more information about the new capabilities of the cloud-enabled OneTouch AT Network Assistant, please visit www.flukenetworks.com/OneTouchATVideo. # # # *Fluke Networks Market Research, 2014 About Fluke Networks Fluke Networks is the world-leading provider of network test and monitoring solutions to speed the deployment and improve the performance of networks and applications. Leading enterprises and service providers trust Fluke Networks’ products and expertise to help solve today’s toughest issues and emerging challenges in WLAN security, mobility, unified communications and data centres. Based in Everett, Wash., the company distributes products in more than 50 countries. For more information, visit www.flukenetworks.com. For additional information, promotions and updates, follow Fluke Networks on Twitter @FlukeNetENT, on Facebook, or on the LinkedIn Company or Group page. Fluke Networks bridges the ever-widening application and network performance visibility gap with an integrated solution 2014-04-11T05:11:00Z fluke-networks-bridges-the-ever-widening-application-and-network-performance-visibility-gap-with-an-integrated-solution April 3, 2014 – Fluke Networks has announced that Visual TruView™, its award-winning Application-Aware Network Performance Management solution (AANPM), and the OptiView XG™, its flagship network analysis tablet, have been integrated to provide the industry’s first AANPM solution capable of analysing an enterprise’s entire network infrastructure—including wired and wireless, application performance and device interconnectivity, and in-depth path analysis all the way to an end user’s specific device. Instead of the typical back-and-forth checking of separate tools with multiple user interfaces and sign-ons to find and resolve problems, network engineers now have a unified view of wired and wireless performance across the entire organisation, including remote sites and applications delivered across cloud, carrier and enterprise networks. Using Visual TruView, not only can they quickly identify if a problem exists, they can also isolate where in the path of delivery the problem may be hiding and effectively troubleshoot it, no matter where it occurs.   Today’s IT has increasingly shifted toward application-centric, service-oriented operations, and the need for application awareness within performance monitoring and management technologies has skyrocketed as a result. End user expectations have also risen sharply in line with their use of smart devices, mobile applications and streaming media. While end users may blame “the network” for any difficulties they encounter, the actual problem may reside elsewhere. Fluke Networks introduced its original AANPM solution, Visual TruView, in 2013 to help IT teams find and resolve performance problems regardless of where in the delivery path they arise. By extending Visual TruView’s capabilities via tight integration with OptiView XG, Fluke Networks is leveraging its proven capabilities in network analysis and troubleshooting to provide greater visibility into remote network connectivity and the health of all components in the application/service delivery path. This approach effectively expands the traditional definition of AANPM. “The new solution from Fluke Networks brings two advanced, best-in-class products together to address the challenge of truly effective end-to-end AANPM visibility,” said Jim Frey, vice president at Enterprise Management Associates.  “Organisations who embrace this newly combined solution stand to gain substantial benefits in terms of increased operations effectiveness, shorter Mean Time to Repair, and improved ROI on their network management tools investments.” Typically deployed in the datacentre, Visual TruView can be installed as a standalone appliance or as part of a multi-appliance distributed configuration, while OptiView XG can be deployed as an endpoint at remote sites or in a centralised location. This deployment flexibility is particularly useful now that the two appliances are integrated. Depending on the problem they are trying to solve, network engineers can take the OptiView XG to virtually anywhere and have it share data with Visual TruView, which streamlines troubleshooting application performance and end-user experience issues. This means that—for the first time—organisations now have fully centralised AANPM visibility with detailed local visibility across both wired and wireless networks.  An added benefit of TruView’s flexible deployment is its ability to grow with the enterprise. While a mid-sized organisation may need only one TruView appliance, it can easily add more units to adapt to changing network requirements. Visual TruView has been recognised as a best-in-class solution and was recently awarded a “Leader” standing in Gartner’s inaugural Magic Quadrant for Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics (AANPM is also known as NPMD). TruView was ranked as the best Hybrid AANPM solution and Value Leader by Enterprise Management Associates and has received numerous other industry awards.  “Visual TruView is the first solution of its kind, delivering complete application and network performance management in a truly unified way,” said Daryle DeBalski, vice president and general manager of the Fluke Networks Visual business unit. “When end users are frustrated by application performance or other IT resources not performing as expected, IT has to have an answer—and fast. By integrating Visual TruView with OptiView XG, Fluke Networks is helping network engineering and operations pros shift how they solve performance problems away from finger-pointing and toward more effective collaboration.” For more information about Visual TruView, please click here. ### About Fluke Networks Fluke Networks is the world-leading provider of network test and monitoring solutions to speed the deployment and improve the performance of networks and applications. Leading enterprises and service providers trust Fluke Networks’ products and expertise to help solve today’s toughest issues and emerging challenges in WLAN security, mobility, unified communications and data centres. Based in Everett, Wash., the company distributes products in more than 50 countries. For more information, visit www.flukenetworks.com. For additional information, promotions and updates, follow Fluke Networks on Twitter @FlukeNetVISUAL, on Facebook, or on the LinkedIn Company or Group page. Fluke Networks positioned in the Leaders Quadrant in Gartner's 2014 Magic Quadrant for Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics 2014-03-21T04:42:00Z fluke-networks-positioned-in-the-leaders-quadrant-in-gartner-s-2014-magic-quadrant-for-network-performance-monitoring-and-diagnostics March 17, 2014 – Fluke Networks, a world-leading provider of network monitoring and test solutions, has announced Gartner, Inc. has positioned the company’s Visual TruView™ solution in the Leaders quadrant of the “Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics (NPMD)” report.* The report, which is the first Magic Quadrant from Gartner on the Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics (NPMD) market, foreshadows growth in this emerging technology market. It emphasises the need for a single integrated solution to monitor, troubleshoot and analyse networks and—even more important—the applications and services they carry. Market analysis conducted by Gartner noted the growing interest in the NPMD market, also referred to as Application-aware Network Performance Management (AANPM). Increasingly, companies are realising how essential it is to understand their customers’ and end users’ experience with their networks and applications. They recognise the need to proactively monitor their networks’ performance and quickly react to troubleshoot and repair outages and degradations that affect the experience of users and customers. Real-time performance, historical performance and predictive behaviour capabilities were among the criteria in the quadrant, as were flow-based data and network packet analysis. "Gartner’s decision to develop the NPMD report highlights the growing importance of this market and emphasises just how vital network and application performance management is to helping enterprises achieve their business goals,” said Daryle DeBalski, vice president and general manager of the Fluke Networks Visual business unit. “As one of the leading NPMD solutions, Visual TruView helps IT professionals redefine their ability to deliver first-rate network and application experience to end users and customers by empowering teams to collaborate across domains and focus on service, rather than defending their turf.” A recent survey of network professionals conducted by Fluke Networks** indicated that more than half do not have the tools they need to quickly and accurately identify issues with VoIP, applications and other network performance issues. Fluke Networks’ offering in the NPMD space – Visual TruView – is a unified AANPM solution that incorporates five tools in one, including real-time user experience monitoring, packet stream-to-disk, NetFlow/IPFIX collection, device health, and VoIP QoS. TruView enables network engineers to gather data from multiple sources, providing both a wide breadth of visibility and the detailed forensic data required to solve the toughest problems. TruView was also designed with ease of use and ultimate value in mind. From deployment and day-to-day use to expansion, TruView is regarded as one of the best values in the industry. When combined with other offerings in the Fluke Networks portfolio, TruView provides unique capabilities; for example, by using OptiView XG as an endpoint, Visual TruView can extend into the access network to solve Wi-Fi issues and other site-based concerns. To read a complementary version of the Gartner, Inc. “2014 Magic Quadrant for Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics,” visit www.flukenetworks.com/gartner. ### About the Magic Quadrant Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organisation and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. About Fluke Networks Fluke Networks is the world-leading provider of network test and monitoring solutions to speed the deployment and improve the performance of networks and applications. Leading enterprises and service providers trust Fluke Networks’ products and expertise to help solve today’s toughest issues and emerging challenges in WLAN security, mobility, unified communications and data centres. Based in Everett, Wash., the company distributes products in more than 50 countries. For more information, visit http://www.FlukeNetworks.com. For additional information, promotions and updates, follow Fluke Networks on Twitter @FlukeNetVisual, on Facebook, or on the LinkedIn Company or Group page. *Gartner, Inc. "Magic Quadrant for Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics" by Jonah Kowell, Vivek Bhalla and Colin Fletcher, March 6, 2014 **Fluke Networks Market Research, 2013 Five ways to streamline capacity planning and optimise bandwidth use in the enterprise 2013-11-08T04:03:00Z five-ways-to-streamline-capacity-planning-and-optimise-bandwidth-use-in-the-enterprise-1 November 4, 2013 – Today’s network managers are tasked with two conflicting business directives when it comes to network performance. The first is to ensure the delivery of an optimal end-user experience on the network and the second is to reduce the operational costs of the network. To help meet these challenges, Fluke Networks is providing five tips to streamline capacity planning and optimise bandwidth use in the enterprise. With the network under more and more stress as video, VoIP, virtualisation, VDI, wireless and more, all fight for bandwidth, understanding the right time and reasons to increase throughput is key. Here are five areas to consider when tackling this challenge: · Understand bandwidth resources and performance trade-offs. Bad performance does not necessarily mean that bandwidth is not sufficient. Knowing how busy links are, and for how long, is key to gauging the correlation between bandwidth and performance. Under-utilised links can drain bandwidth resources by using up valuable budget that could be allocated to other over-utilised links. Keep in mind that network bursting is normal, it just needs to be within proper thresholds. · Use the right tools for the job. Trying to detect over-utilisation of bandwidth can be difficult when the tools are not well suited to the job. Viewing a long-term trend of use flattens out peaks of high utilisation, hiding true problems. Peak utilisation views show when links are the busiest, but do not indicate for how long. Traffic totals per-day, per-month, etc., can show general growth but ignore the differences between different times of day. The key questions to answer are, has the link been over-utilised, for how long, by what application and what end-user? · Account for business hours. While a network link might be busy during the night or weekend while backup and software updates are performed, it may be acceptable during the business day when staff is working. Don’t let evening and night data cloud your view of utilisation. Having a combination of real-time and back-in-time views lets IT see what is happening more quickly, solve problems faster and move on to more strategic initiatives efficiently. · Is bandwidth being used for business? There are two types of traffic, business and recreational. Obviously, business has priority, so it is important to know why a busy link is busy. Is it for use of a business application? Is it the breaking news story everyone is streaming to the desktop? Even if it is a business application causing congestion, does that application really need to consume that much bandwidth? Or, is the bandwidth being used by old rogue applications that IT needs to remove from the network? Efficient application design and WAN optimisation are also examples of strategic decisions that should be considered alongside the tactical approach of bandwidth needs. · Streamline the job. With networks growing quickly, the job of understanding what links are busy, when and why gets more complex and time consuming. The amount of time taken to perform proactive capacity planning is the main reason why the job does not get done. Don’t waste time looking at links that do not require attention. Focus on those critical few links that are busiest for the most amount of time. Use customised alerts that can show when bandwidth hits 80 per cent for a rolling three minutes, and be prepared to react. Capacity planning and bandwidth optimisation can be time consuming without the right tools in place. To help network managers streamline the process and get complete visibility into utilisation, Fluke Networks offers Visual TruView, the industry’s first truly unified, single-box network and application performance monitoring and troubleshooting solution. To find out how Visual TruView can help with capacity planning, read Fluke Networks’ “Do You Throw Bandwidth at the Problem?” blog post or watch the demo video. ### About Fluke Networks Fluke Networks is the world-leading provider of network test and monitoring solutions to speed the deployment and improve the performance of networks and applications. Leading enterprises and service providers trust Fluke Networks’ products and expertise to help solve today’s toughest issues and emerging challenges in WLAN security, mobility, unified communications and data centres. Based in Everett, Wash., the company distributes products in more than 50 countries. For more information, visit www.FlukeNetworks.com Fluke Networks introduces AirMagnet Spectrum ES to accelerate in-building cellular deployment and testing 2013-10-11T00:32:00Z fluke-networks-introduces-airmagnet-spectrum-es-to-accelerate-in-building-cellular-deployment-and-testing-1 October 3, 2013 – Fluke Networks has announced AirMagnet Spectrum ESTM, the industry’s first spectrum analysis tool specifically designed to streamline in-field testing and troubleshooting of cellular offload deployments, including Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) and Small Cells. AirMagnet Spectrum ES offers portability, affordability and enhanced in-field productivity features. This includes the industry’s first automated new signature detection and location of RF interference sources, automated location-specific carrier and technology spectrum scan setup and intuitive network visibility, which is needed to verify and troubleshoot at every stage of the project lifecycle. These features help ensure offload deployment and troubleshooting are done quickly and correctly. With the majority of mobile traffic originating from within buildings, the ongoing explosion in mobile data usage, the transition from 3G to LTE and the need for consistent coverage and capacity in commercial settings, the market is experiencing strong growth in infrastructure to offload macro cellular traffic. Yet these DAS, Small Cell and Wi-Fi deployments have lacked a tool that is actually designed around the portability, affordability and in-field testing features necessary for efficient multi-team installation projects at the customer site. As a result they have had to rely on sharing bulky and expensive lab-based test equipment that lacks the right functionality, slowing deployments and often leading to costly retest and rework. AirMagnet Spectrum ES is extremely agile and portable, designed for use with any Windows 7 or Windows 8 based laptop or tablet PC for easy testing in the field (for complete compatibility details please refer to the product data sheet). It is also significantly less expensive than any similar tool, ensuring that each team can speed deployment by having the tool they need readily at hand. Moreover, AirMagnet Spectrum ES not only delivers the core spectrum analysis that is mandatory in any spectrum analyser, but also offers enhanced productivity features required for efficient testing of DAS and Small Cell deployments. This includes determining the root cause of performance problems due to interference with its built-in automated signature detection and location capability of detecting RF interference sources in the licensed bands. It also delivers automated location-specific technology or carrier based frequency scans to reduce manual and error-prone frequency configurations and provides innovative visualisations of core spectrum data with the detection of LTE, UMTS, CDMA and GSM data/voice events and carrier/technology overlays. Its simplicity, ease of use and broad functionality ensures that a range of technicians with varying skillsets can continue to use AirMagnet Spectrum ES through every project phase, from initial benchmarking through installation to ongoing maintenance. “Fluke Networks is the market leader in network and Wi-Fi test equipment, and we’re eager to bring that same expertise to bear on cellular challenges,” explained Chia-Chee Kuan, vice president of the Fluke Networks WLAN business unit. “Every one of our tools, including AirMagnet Spectrum ES, is designed to enhance testing efficiency and streamline troubleshooting in the field, allowing faster project completion and ensuring that things are done right – the first time, every time.” For more information on AirMagnet Spectrum ES, please click here. ### About Fluke Networks Fluke Networks is the world-leading provider of network test and monitoring solutions to speed the deployment and improve the performance of networks and applications. Leading enterprises and service providers trust Fluke Networks’ products and expertise to help solve today’s toughest issues and emerging challenges in WLAN security, mobility, unified communications and data centres. Based in Everett, Wash., the company distributes products in more than 50 countries. For more information, visit www.FlukeNetworks.com. For additional information, promotions and updates, follow Fluke Networks on Twitter @FlukeNetWiFi, on Facebook, or on the LinkedIn Company or Group page. Four network BYOD impacts every organisation should be aware of 2013-08-13T03:11:00Z four-network-byod-impacts-every-organisation-should-be-aware-of-1 July 30, 2013 – Businesses have much to gain by embracing the bring-your-own device (BYOD) trend. While most organisations are already moving in this direction, many have yet to fully understand and address the multitude of effects that BYOD has on enterprise WLAN performance, security and compliance. Fluke Networks shares four network BYOD impacts every organisation should be aware of when monitoring the corporate network. IT initiatives to tackle BYOD challenges often focus on mobile device and data management. Those measures can be critical for successful BYOD adoption. For example, using a mobile device manager to provision secure WLAN settings and remove them after device loss, theft, or retirement. However, these do not fully address the many ways in which BYOD affects corporate networks. Chris Taylor, Regional Sales Director - Asia Pacific - HATA Region, said, “Today’s BYOD challenge is to find effective methods and tools to discover smart devices used in the workplace, assess their impact on the corporate network, reduce unwanted side-effects and facilitate trouble-free business-appropriate use.” Four network BYOD impacts every organisation should be aware of 1. Unplanned devices compete for scarce airtime and drain WLAN capacity. Network planners have traditionally designed for the capacity required by corporate assets such as the number of IT-procured laptops. However, the number of smart devices carried by each individual continues to grow, surging in unpredictable ways. When employees return to work after a holiday with new BYO smartphones and tablets, capacity planning assumptions can be quickly blown out. Not only does competition for shared channels grow, but Wi-Fi chipsets in consumer electronics differ. 2. BYODs behave in unexpected ways, degrading overall performance. When IT departments select a smart device, network planners can first verify interoperability and isolate constraints like unsupported Wi-Fi data rates or modes that cause some clients to use more airtime. However, IT has little control over BYOD selection. Most BYODs are less robust consumer-grade devices. For example, although iPads support 5 GHz, they aggressively prefer 2.4 GHz, which can lead to unexpected starvation of Wi-Fi phones and other single-band devices sharing limited 2.4 GHz channels. Android tablet and smartphone Wi-Fi behaviours are even more varied. 3. BYODs may operate insecurely, jeopardising corporate assets. Today, virtually all Wi-Fi-certified smart devices, including BYODs, are capable of supporting WPA2-Enterprise security. However, corporate WLANs secured with WPA2-Enterprise are sometimes off-limits to unapproved BYODs that aren’t enrolled in directories or issued certificates for 802.1X authentication. These unapproved BYODs may then resort to using open guest WLANs where they expose traffic to eavesdropping and various man-in-the-middle attacks. When IT does not monitor BYOD activity, such exposures go undetected. 4. Even approved BYODs can be difficult or costly to troubleshoot. Consumer-grade smart devices often lack remote diagnostic interfaces and tools for help desks to investigate and resolve problems. For example, remote control agents supported on laptops and Windows phones are unavailable for iPhones and iPads due to Apple iOS restrictions. While some Android original equipment manufacturers (OEM) offer proprietary extensions for logging and diagnostics, the vast majority of Android BYODs support very limited administrative application programming interfaces (API) that don’t help IT troubleshoot remotely. As a result, malfunctioning BYODs often remain a mystery, sapping WLAN performance indefinitely. Further, BYODs have grown so numerous that IT departments may not have sufficient staff to troubleshoot them. Taylor said, “Ignoring the BYOD impact on corporate networks can degrade business efficiency and increase operating costs. Until organisations acknowledge and address these challenges, they can’t harness the business benefits such as using BYOD to reduce monthly telecom spend and liability for personal use of corporate phones.” -ENDS- AboutFluke Networks Fluke Networks is the world-leading provider of network test and monitoring solutions to speed the deployment and improve the performance of networks and applications. Leading enterprises and service providers trust Fluke Networks’ products and expertise to help solve today’s toughest issues and emerging challenges in WLAN security, mobility, unified communications and data centres. Based in Everett, Wash., the company distributes products in more than 50 countries. For more information, visit www.flukenetworks.com. For additional information, promotions and updates, follow Fluke Networks on Twitter @FlukeNetDCI, on Facebook, or on the LinkedIn Company Page.