Network integrator Memorex Telex has devised a network performance monitor, Bandwidth Auditing Service, to analyse a business network's efficiency.
Oliver Descoeudres, Memorex Telex's marketing manager, said the Bandwidth Auditing Service is designed to detect and analyse a network's performance, ultimately recommending management practices or redesign specifications.
"It collects data on congestion spots and performance problems with the aim of improving a network's capabilities, without necessarily increasing bandwidth," Descoeudres explained.
The extension of the Internet into business practices has forced many organisations into a greater understanding of their network.
"The trend towards client servers for mission-critical applications, such as ERP solutions, means that what you could get away with a couple of years ago you can't anymore.
"You have to manage your bandwidth better because it isn't cost effective to have one line for your mission-critical stuff and one for all other traffic."
Descoeudres said that the Bandwidth Auditing Service assists in this process. Taking about five days to analyse the network, the basic kit costs $4000 and includes a recommendation and solution report. Memorex Telex then leverages the results to consolidate client relationships and value add additional services and products.
"At the moment customers generally have no idea about bandwidth. We are using this product to educate them," Descoeudres said.
"They can then come to us to improve their network practices, technology or bandwidth. We are already finding that we are getting a lot more orders after customers have used the Auditing Service," he claimed.
The Bandwidth Auditing Service acts as an introduction to Memorex Telex's range of Packeteer PacketShaper products by recommending the products to businesses whose networks need improving.