Xirrus Uses ManageEngine NetFlow Analyzer to Ensure Availability of Its Wi-Fi Networks

AUSTIN, TX, March 15, 2011 For Xirrus, a trusted provider of mission-critical, high-performance Wi-Fi networks, failure is not an option. That’s why the company deploys ManageEngine NetFlow Analyzer, network traffic analysis and forensics software, to ensure its Wi-Fi networks are operating with the greatest possible availability and performance for the business and public-sector users depending on it.

Xirrus is not only a leader in high-performance Wi-Fi networking, the company is the wireless industry’s only Wi-Fi Power Play. The distinction means only Xirrus is capable of replacing wired Ethernet to the desktop, making Wi-Fi the primary network connection for the enterprise. Xirrus Wi-Fi connectivity is found across a range of industry verticals, including education, healthcare, government, hospitality and manufacturing. Their Wi-Fi Arrays provide wireless connectivity to some of the larget Information Technology trade shows and conferences, such as Interop, EnterpriseConnect, and Microsoft Events.

Xirrus is continuously focused on the performance and availability of their Wi-Fi network implementations. As the company began evaluating competing bandwidth monitoring and analysis solutions, they found ManageEngine Netflow Analyzer to be superior in its ease-of-use, quick return on investment, sophisticated reporting, and mobile accessibility – Xirrus engineers must be able to see network performance data real time. Xirrus's Arrays support the NetFlow protocol and it has proved to provide very useful information in most any network environment.

NetFlow Analyzer provides Xirrus with a holistic view of its Wi-Fi network performance, presenting traffic in terms of protocols, applications and individual conversations, giving engineers a better understanding of the way in which bandwidth is being utilized.

NetFlow Analyzer's actionable reports provide Xirrus with critical information about network performance, allowing Xirrus engineers to ensure adequate bandwidth is allocated at all times.

NetFlow Analyzer's mobile interface supports popular mobile devices, including the iPhone and iPad, ensuring engineers have real-time visibility into the network even when they're working remotely.

While all Xirrus Wi-Fi networks are mission-critical, those that support trade shows and conferences can be very high profile. Poor network performance can lead to negative perceptions among thousands of conference attendees representing multiple companies.

Mike Rydalch, principal technologist at Xirrus, gives ManageEngine NetFlow Analyzer high-marks as the software has become a must-have tool in his work with tradeshow and conference organizers. Having the ability to install and begin using NetFlow Analyzer in less than 30 minutes made a very positive first impression, which was reinforced by the software's capabilities. "NetFlow Analyzer gives us a breakout of different protocols used by the delegates and provides us with a real time view of overall throughput   data transfer by device throughout the facility," said Mike. "We use the NetFlow data for how the arrays are being used in a given area and it helps us make decisions on how we may improve the network real time or for the same event next year."

"Editor's Note: Video is available of Xirrus' Principal Technologist Mike Rydalch using NetFlow Analyzer, through an iPad, to monitor bandwidth usage during an IT trade show -".

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