Fluke Probe Tops the Field

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2002-02-11 Print this article Print

The distributed version of Fluke Networks' OptiView Workgroup Analyzer, a hand-carried senior technician tool, works well even without a human around.

The distributed version of Fluke Networks OptiView Workgroup Analyzer, a hand-carried senior technician tool, works well even without a human around. In my tests, OptiView Workgroup Analyzer performed like a champ, even stripped of its touchscreen interface.

The distributed market already has a number of solid players, including Network Instruments Observer Suite and Network Associates Sniffer Distributed. These companies provide hardware probes, but none depends on hardware quite as much as Fluke, which is betting that IT administrators who are overseeing Gigabit Ethernet LANs will want a permanent probe in remote wiring closets.

Based on tests, this isnt such a bad idea, although the product, which started shipping last month, will set organizations back $7,000 to $14,000 per unit, depending on the number and type of interfaces to be monitored.

The device is a full-featured RMON and SNMP probe, as well as a packet analyzer and network monitoring tool. I had no trouble using it with my test network to see problems such as duplicate IP addresses, protocol errors and top network users.

Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at cameron.sturdevant@quinstreet.com.

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