The tools are also getting greater acceptance because they can reduce the time it takes to isolate problems, said Dennis Drogseth, an analyst at Enterprise Management Associates Inc., in Portsmouth, N.H. "Most of the time is spent determining what the problem is versus having to fix it," Drogseth said. "If you can localize the problem and do it intelligently [by] looking at the interdependencies, systems and networksthats a tremendous value."As users realize the value of the appliances, more enterprises are opting to install the devices in multiple locations, rather than just a single data center, Network Physics officials said. To better scale its technology for more enterprisewide deployments, Network Physics next month will launch an appliance that provides an aggregated, end-to-end view, according to company officials in Mountain View, Calif. The appliance, in beta testing now, performs traffic analysis in a distributed fashion and forwards the results to a central location for aggregation. Peakstone next month will launch its Peakstone Performance offering, which will feature the Sunnyvale, Calif., companys first appliance and move its offerings toward more predictive and preventive performance management. Check out eWEEK.coms Infrastructure Center at http://infrastructure.eweek.com for the latest news, views and analysis on servers, switches and networking protocols for the enterprise and small businesses.
"It probably saves 35 percent of the troubleshooting time," said Allmerica Financial Corp.s Brett MacNutt, operations manager in network services, in Worcester, Mass. "It narrows down the search to a particular platform and gives you real data to work with," said MacNutt, who uses Adlexs ITvisibility.