ManageEngine Brings VoIP Monitoring in NetFlow Analyzer 8

Support available for SNMP v3, Flexible NetFlow, Cisco ASA

AUSTIN, TX, May 12, 2010ManageEngine, makers of a globally renowned suite of cost effective network, systems, applications and security management software solutions, today announced NetFlow Analyzer 8, the latest version of the company’s web-based traffic analysis and network forensics application, used by almost 4,000 enterprises worldwide.

Among the enhancements found in the new NetFlow Analyzer is the ability to monitor Voice over IP (VoIP) using IPSLA. The addition of this feature allows administrators to monitor critical VoIP performance metrics, such as Jitter, Latency and Packet Loss. With VoIP monitoring integrated into NetFlow Analyzer, administrators can now monitor the performance of their VoIP networks with the same management application used to monitor their overall enterprise network bandwidth, eliminating the need for multiple tools.

Support for SNMP v3 is another critical enhancement found in NetFlow Analyzer 8. SNMPv3 provides secure access to devices by a combination of authentication and encryption of packets over the network. NetFlow Analyzer 8 also adds the ability to examine Network Based Application Recognition (NBAR) traffic generated by Flexible NetFlow (FNF), allowing administrators to analyze NBAR using either FNF or SNMP, in the absence of Cisco devices exporting FNF in their network. Additionally, with Cisco ASA NetFlow reporting in this version, administrators can see post-NAT IP addresses, making it possible to identify the actual LAN users who were the source and destination of traffic beyond the firewall.

Using the new NetFlow Analyzer, administrators may organize their infrastructure in a way that makes performance monitoring much simpler. The IP addresses of social, mail, sports and video sites, for example, may be grouped with like sites under the appropriate category. Network administrators may then very easily view traffic to these groups. Administrators can continue creating IP groups as needed and add individual IP addresses to those groups.

With the new version of NetFlow Analyzer, ManageEngine also introduces geo-location of IP addresses, automatically organizing addresses by country. Once NetFlow Analyzer has organized by host geography, the application then provides details on the top 10 addresses contributing to network traffic from each country, along with the actual amount of data and the utilization of the link.

In addition to the new capabilities described above, a number of existing capabilities were enhanced, including the ability for administrators to add child policies under parent policies in Cisco CBQoS, facilitating a finer reporting of CBQoS policies in the network; simplified report scheduling with a single mouse click; and easier to understand widgets for the customizable dashboard as newer graphical representations are introduced.

"The new capabilities developed for NetFlow Analyzer 8 combined with existing monitoring capabilities based on various Cisco's technologies ensure network administrators get the most benefit from the Cisco devices in their network," said Vijayarangakannan Rajkumar, product manager, ManageEngine. "We strongly believe in user-oriented solution development - the introduction of highly useful features such as IPSLA monitoring, SNMP v3 support, FNF NBAR analysis, along with enhancements to existing features is a testament to that."

"With NetFlow Analyzer we can easily understand network traffic patterns and recognize whether we are prone to performance degradation or security threats," said Matt Goli, Network Engineer, American Foods Group. "The fact that ManageEngine is continuing to add features to NetFlow Analyzer makes the application that much more valuable. I recommend it without hesitation."

Pricing and Availability

ManageEngine NetFlow Analyzer 8 is available now for download from the ManageEngine website. Pricing begins at $795. A free 30-day, fully functional trial version is also available.

About NetFlow Analyzer

ManageEngine NetFlow Analyzer is a powerful traffic analysis and network forensic tool that collects Cisco NetFlow, IPFIX, sFlow, jFlow, cflowd, NetStream and Cisco NBAR, CBQoS data to provide unparallel visibility into your network. With real-time bandwidth usage reports on top applications, conversations, and hosts, NetFlow Analyzer gives valuable insight into bandwidth usage in the enterprise without the complexity and expense involved in deploying hardware probes.

About ManageEngine

ManageEngine is the leader in low–cost enterprise IT management software. The ManageEngine suite offers enterprise IT management solutions including Network Management, HelpDesk & ITIL, Bandwidth Monitoring, Application Management, Desktop Management, Security Management, Password Management, Active Directory reporting, and a Managed Services platform. ManageEngine products are easy to install, setup and use and offer extensive support, consultation, and training. More than 40,000 organizations from different verticals, industries, and sizes use ManageEngine to take care of their IT management needs cost effectively. ManageEngine is a division of ZOHO Corporation. For more information, please visit www.manageengine.com.

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