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 ; www.gensym.com