Dartware's InterMapper 4.6 Enhances QoS Monitoring

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InterMapper 4.6, network monitoring software from Dartware, enhances its proactive network management capabilities and ability to report on critical network devices and services with a new Cisco IP SLA probe.

Our customers are particularly excited about the new Cisco IP SLA probe that enhances quality of service monitoring

InterMapper 4.6, network monitoring software from Dartware, enhances its proactive network management capabilities and ability to report on critical network devices and services with a new Cisco IP SLA probe. "Our customers are particularly excited about the new Cisco IP SLA probe that enhances quality of service monitoring," says Rich Brown, CEO of Dartware. The probe was developed by a long-time InterMapper user, Dennis O'Reilly, Senior Network Analyst at the University of British Columbia.

"InterMapper is the only network monitoring tool we use. We slice and dice the network in many ways using over 100 maps that monitor thousands of devices and go down to all Ethernet switches," explains O'Reilly. A number of those devices comprise a videoconferencing system that is heavily relied upon by the University's Medical School. O'Reilly created a custom probe that uses SNMP to collect information from the RTTMON MIB in the agent. The probe collects data on jitter, latency, and packet loss. Besides being incredibly useful for monitoring and measuring QoS for VoIP and videoconferencing applications, the probe also enhances:

  •     Service level agreement monitoring, measurement, and verification
  •     IP network health assessment
  •     Network fault management and troubleshooting

The new IP SLA probe is one of many externally created custom network monitoring probes that Dartware has tested, packaged and included for general customer use.

Other new features in InterMapper 4.6 include:

InterMapper Authentication Server (IMAuth) - The new IMAuth Server dramatically simplifies password management for large organizations that give InterMapper access to many technicians. It allows network managers to use Kerberos, LDAP, RADIUS, ActiveDirectory, or IAS directories to authenticate InterMapper users.

Updated probes for Apple MacOS X servers - These probes will test Xserve RAID, rackmount Xserves and the component services on MacOS X server, including Web, FTP, AFP, NAT, Print, and QTSS servers.

Auto-layout enhancements - New layout tools create attractive maps that minimize line crossings and icon overlap after autodiscovering devices on the network.

VLAN information -- InterMapper displays the VLAN IDs for individual interfaces of switches that support the Cisco or 802.1Q Bridge MIB.

New probes - In addition to the IP SLA probe, InterMapper 4.6 includes an updated Barracuda spam filter probe, as well as probes to monitor user-selected SNMP variables and to test Motorola PTP400 and PTP600 wireless equipment.

InterMapper network monitoring software supports and runs on Macintosh, Windows, Linux, Solaris, and FreeBSD.

About Dartware - http://www.dartware.com - Dartware, LLC develops the InterMapper® family of network monitoring software. InterMapper earns quick return on investment by proactively alerting administrators to potential slow-downs, crashes, and other business interruptions. Its real-time, color-coded maps and other displays provide users with an instant view of their network and device status. Dartware's software is installed in financial services, healthcare, retail, education, government, non-profit, WISP and ISP organizations around the world.

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