Connectivity Briefs: NAI, Amaze, VARs

Connectivity Briefs: NAI, Amaze, VARs

NAI adds to Sniffer

Network Associates has announced two new products to ease management of its distributed Sniffer network probes and expand the reporting based on data collected by the boxes, the company said. The new products, dubbed network Performance Orchestrator (nPO) Manager and nPO Visualizer, are two separate, 2U (3.5 inches) rack-mountable boxes, targeted at customers that have more than 20 Sniffer boxes installed, said NAI's Stuart Beattie. Manager adds the ability to change user passwords and install software updates on all Sniffer boxes in an organisation at once. It also offers access to Sniffer data in widely used network management software from HP and Tivoli Systems, according to NAI.

Amazed retailers left in dark

Retailers selling Amaze prepaid calling cards are urged to cease selling the product since the ISP quietly slipped into administration last week. Hundreds of Amaze retailers may still be advertising and selling the ISP's prepaid Internet service cards unaware that the cards had become worthless as a result of the collapse. Wholesale ISP The SIS Group will provide service continuity to Amaze's monthly subscribers, having bought a portion of Amaze's customer base. Affected resellers should visit for more details.

VARs play key LAN role

A recent survey performed by In-Stat/MDR has found that value-added resellers are the most popular channel for LAN equipment procurement among both large and small businesses. The survey revealed that 56.4 per cent of respondents, those with purchasing authority for network equipment and services, purchase their LAN equipment through VARs. "After-sale service and support" and "quality products" were the two most important criteria among respondents when purchasing through VARs. Conversely, when purchasing through retail outlets, "low price" was overwhelmingly the selection criterion.

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