First Multiport Gigabit Ethernet Probe Debuts
NetScout claims its nGenius eight-port probe can save thousands on Gigabit Ethernet network monitoring.NetScout Systems Inc. Thursday made the case for lower total cost of ownership for Gigabit Ethernet network monitoring with a new eight-port probe. The new nGenius Eight Port Gigabit Ethernet Probethe first multiport Gigabit Ethernet probecan save customers between $25,000 to $35,000 over other offerings that require multiple probes or multiple management tools to monitor the same number of Gigabit Ethernet switches, according Eileen Haggerty, senior product marketing manager at the Westford, Mass., company. Competitors such as Network Associates Inc. offer probes that only support a single Gigabit Ethernet switch. Other alternatives, such as using a LANhopper matrix switch, provide connectivity to multiple Gigabit Ethernet segments to monitor the switches connected to it, but require additional monitoring tools.
The tool also speeds troubleshooting, thanks to its support for multiple connections. "By only looking at one or two switches at a time, it takes longer to troubleshoot," Haggerty. "This lets you get to the problem faster and diagnose the problem faster."