NetSleuth 1

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2001-02-05 Print this article Print

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Notwithstanding its poky user interface, Gensyms NetSleuth is a fast-acting network-discovery tool that can help IT managers locate equipment and simple network faults.

SHORT-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // NetSleuth should immediately yield extensive data about what network infrastructure devices are linked to the network and how, for the most part, they are connected to one another. Simple wizards can help set up diagnostic routines that will locate some network faults.

LONG-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // NetSleuths nimble network-discovery ability means that, over time, managers can be confident that they have an accurate, up-to-date map of the network that does not chew up too much network bandwidth in its maintenance.

Detailed, port-level mapping; quick network discovery; low bandwidth impact.

Underpowered fault correlation tools; slow Java-based user interface; no VPN support.

Gensym Corp., Cambridge, Mass.; (800) 896-3030 ;

Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant has been with the Labs since 1997, and before that paid his IT management dues at a software publishing firm working with several Fortune 100 companies. 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, with a focus on Android in the enterprise. 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 reviews and analysis are grounded in real-world concern. Cameron is a regular speaker at Ziff-Davis Enterprise online and face-to-face events. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at

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