Business users will soon be able to view their complete IT network operations and the bandwidth being used, in an understandable format and in real time.
Netwatch, to be released on 9 April by Irish networking software provider Crannog Software, is designed to help non-IT managers ensure valuable resources are being efficiently and appropriately used, as well as providing inter departmental usage charging information.
"Most people buy the old reliable network monitoring software," said Mark Kirwan, UK manager for Crannog.
"But these systems don't manage proactively in real time to determine usage and costs. Nor do they offer the information in a simple form that business managers can understand," he said.
The browser-based software displays the network graphically, showing the complete wide area network (Wan), with simple red-yellow-green 'traffic light' status indicators for each part.
Drill-down capabilities then provide more detailed information on the current status of network devices.
"If [Netwatch] is realistically priced it has a market," said Keith Humphreys, consultant at network analyst company EuroLan. "But it is probably more attractive for the SME [small and medium enterprise] market."
Installation is also designed for non-specialist staff. Kirwan said the software could be installed in about ten minutes. The one requirement is that devices all support Simple Network Management Protocol.
"The software integrates all company systems as one entity and offers real-time reporting," said Kirwan.
He said it did this by querying routers and other Netwatch devices, and logging results back to a central database to produce graphical reports in real-time.
Humphreys said Netwatch would meet stiff competition from other real-time monitoring software such as Chevin's TeVISTA. But Kirwan disputed this, saying TeVISTA was designed for local area networks. He added that there would be resellers supplying both products.
Kirwan was adamant that Netwatch had wider scope than other network management software, and explained that by accumulating historical information and contiuously monitoring throughput, a very rapid return on investment could be achieved.
Other features include sending out of alerts and, using a Siemens M20 terminal, these can be sent as SMS messages to appropriate persons. Application performance monitoring is in development and is due for release later in the second quarter of the year.
Netwatch will retail for £9,950.
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