Compuware Tool Tracks Network Usage
New release of NetworkVantage tracks network utilization by IM applications and KaZaA.By monitoring their use of expensive WAN resources, organizations can usually find new ways to save costs. But keeping tabs on such resources requires WAN probes that can recognize new traffic types. With that in mind, Compuware Corp. next week will introduce a new release of its NetworkVantage monitoring tool that can track network utilization by instant messaging applications as well as the peer-to-peer file-sharing program KaZaA. "A remote office with a number of people doing peer-to-peer file sharing will load up WAN links," said Lloyd Bloom, product manager for the Farmington Hills, Mich., vendor.
The new release also allows network operators to manage the impact of IM by identifying both ends of the conversation and the amount of traffic IM generates. NetworkVantage can discover and track IM from America Online, MSN, Yahoo and IBM. Understanding how much WAN bandwidth such applications use up and which links are used most often guides network operators in their decision to allow the traffic or reroute it, said Jasmine Noel, an analyst with Jnoel Associates, in Boston.