Fluke Networks Picks Up NetFlow Analysis Leader

By acquiring Crannog Software, the network analysis provider expands it presence in the network performance management space.

Network analysis provider Fluke Networks continued its expansion in the enterprise network performance management space Jan. 16 with the announced acquisition of Crannog Software.

Crannog, of Dublin, Ireland, which markets NetFlow-based network monitoring products, gives Fluke a stronger position in a market that is growing 50 percent annually across the globe, according to Jeff Lime, senior vice president of marketing for the Rockville, Md., company.

"Our strategy is aimed at providing world-class visibility around application, voice over IP and network performance across local-area networks, wide-area networks and data center environments. This is a key piece that gives us more granular forensics out of network devices for root-cause troubleshooting," said Lime. "[Crannog brings] knowledge of how to capture network flows, including NetFlow, [Juniper Networks] JFlow, IP FIX and IP SLA data from other devices. They capture all the flows from all the networks all the time."

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The acquisition follows last Januarys acquisition by Fluke of Visual Networks.

"Visual Networks strength is in application data and voice information across the WAN and allowing you with their hardware architecture to analyze real response time measurements for voice and data from a remote site and central site point of view," said Lime.

In addition to the real-time converged measurements provided by Visual Networks Visual Uptime Select offering, Crannogs NetFlow Tracker brings a less detailed and less expensive approach to gathering performance data on less critical infrastructure elements, Lime added. "We can now design a very flexible solution and act as consultant with a broader basket of tools," he said.

Crannog also brings to Fluke a stronger presence in Europe. "Crannog was the No. 2 or 3 NetFlow market player, and theyre really strong in Europe," Lime said. "We wanted to jump-start our enterprise performance management position in Europe."

Fluke would not disclose the price it paid for Crannog, which has more than 900 customers globally and 21 full-time employees.

The acquisition has already been completed, and no layoffs are planned.

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