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Network Associates launches new Infinistream network management solution

  • 21 January, 2004 11:44

<p>Network Associates, Inc. (NYSE: NET), the leading provider of intrusion prevention solutions, today announced the launch of the InfiniStream network management solution, providing customers with the ability to troubleshoot data across high-speed Gigabit and Ethernet networks. As part of the Sniffer Technologies product family, InfiniStream network management combines unmatched data capture performance, high-level and detailed packet-level data visibility, and best-in-class decodes and analysis of network traffic data. The new InfiniStream solution changes the paradigm of problem-solving on high-speed networks by combining advanced network monitoring and management capabilities in one device, which also helps to minimise the high costs associated with network and application downtime and degradation.</p>
<p>Through its ability to retain all of the packets at very high utilisation rates on Gigabit networks and store them on its large 3.2 terabyte hard drive, InfiniStream network management provides IT staff with the data to solve problems shortly after they occur, rather than requiring them to go through additional, complex, and time consuming steps in order to retrieve the data. InfiniStream network management makes the data actionable by allowing users to see trends in bandwidth consumption across a number of different categories in order to determine where they should begin their troubleshooting efforts. This same capability can be used to proactively recognise problems prior to affecting end-users.</p>
<p>“In many enterprises, the network is critical not only for internal business applications and services, but also for servicing customers, suppliers, and partners,” said Eric Hemmendinger, research director for security and privacy. “And that means that the stakes are much higher now for network operations professionals responsible for diagnosing and resolving problems that impact the network’s performance. Sniffer Technologies’ new InfiniStream network management solution is a clear example of a solution architected to speed diagnosis and resolution of the problems that regularly erupt on high-speed, business enabling networks.”</p>
<p>InfiniStream network management can also help resolve intermittent network problems, providing continuous long-term data capture, which allows users to have data for an entire transaction or series of transactions. Unlike traditional network analysis tools, long-term data capture enables IT managers to drill down to a specific piece of data and conduct post-capture analysis, while also providing the ability to analyse additional, unrelated pieces of data during the same timeframe.</p>
<p>With 3.2 terabytes of storage capacity and unparalleled capture speed, the InfiniStream network management solution allows end-users to capture, store and analyse large amounts of traffic across all seven layers of the network. The InfiniStream solution today includes the following key components:</p>
<p>- Capture engine – The capture engine enables network managers to isolate a continuous flow of network traffic, and can retain all of the packets and store them to the 3.2 terabyte hard disk. The InfiniStream solution also keeps historical traffic statistics, giving network managers and technicians an easy to access overview of network activity.</p>
<p>- Network management console – The network management console enables managers to connect multiple capture engines and select one of more streams of data for analysis. It allows network managers to retrieve the network traffic and administer the capture engine, and provides filters that enable a user to narrow a search to a more manageable set of traffic by any combination of time, IP address or port number.</p>
<p>- Packet decodes – The packet decodes convert network data into proper syntax for added visibility into network and application traffic, enabling IT managers to troubleshoot all layers of the network and decrease problem resolution time.</p>
<p>- Expert analysis – The Expert analysis system is modelled after human thought process to help solve complex problems, conducting analysis that makes troubleshooting more simple and efficient by identifying the root causes of a network problem and suggesting solutions to those problems. The Expert system also notifies IT managers of any unusual network activity and discovers inefficiencies, which can also cause network slowdowns.</p>
<p>“The InfiniStream network management solution exemplifies Sniffer Technologies dedication to working closely with our customers to understand, design and provide an innovative, new combination of technologies that maintain network performance and keep companies’ networks up and running,” said Christopher Thompson, vice president of product marketing for Sniffer Technologies at Network Associates. “With InfiniStream network management, customers can stop worrying about security breaches, application failures, and network outages happening again and start planning for the new demands that are being placed on their businesses, and their networks.”</p>
<p>InfiniStream network management can be ordered today through the Network Associates direct sales force and authorised channel partners. For additional information, please contact Sniffer Technologies at 1-800-SNIFFER.</p>
<p>Sniffer Technologies products are a part of Network Associates McAfee Network Protection Solutions family of products, and deliver network, security, and application management solutions designed to ensure optimal business uptime and availability. Supporting the widest range of network topologies in the industry, the Sniffer products enable enterprises, small to medium businesses, and service providers worldwide to effectively keep their networks and applications up and running at peak performance, 24x7. As one of the most trusted providers of monitoring, troubleshooting, and network visualisation solutions, Sniffer products are designed to meet the demanding availability and security requirements of organisations' Web sites; Internet applications; converged voice, video, and data networks; wireless local area networks (LANs); and high speed switched and optical networks. For more information on Sniffer Technologies products please visit</p>
<p>About Network Associates</p>
<p>With headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif., Network Associates, Inc. (NYSE: NET) creates best-of-breed computer security solutions that prevent intrusions on networks and protect computer systems from the next generation of blended attacks and threats. Offering two families of products, McAfee System Protection Solutions, securing desktops and servers, and McAfee Network Protection Solutions, ensuring the protection and performance of the corporate network, Network Associates offers computer security to large enterprises, governments, small and medium sized businesses, and consumers. For more information, Network Associates can be reached at 972-963-8000 or on the Internet at</p>
<p>NOTE: Network Associates, McAfee, Sniffer, and Netasyst are registered trademarks or trademarks of Network Associates, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the United States and other countries. SnifferÒ brand products are made only by Network Associates, Inc. All other registered and unregistered trademarks in this document are the sole property of their respective owners. Ó2004 Networks Associates Technology, Inc.</p>

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