Fluke, best known for its network analysis and monitoring tools, has announced a wide range of new hardware and software products for network engineers.
The company has generally produced only hardware tools such as protocol analysers. But Mathew Bell, Fluke's market segment manager, told PC Week: "Obviously, we'll face a lot more competition in the software market from the likes of Computer Associates, but we're number one in our own market, and people trust the Fluke brand name."
Although available separately, the products are being marketed in three kit bundles targeted at different levels of engineers.
Its Enterprise Troubleshooting Kit offers the ability to map VLANs, carry out port-by-port analysis of switches, monitor wide area links and do seven-layer packet decoding.
The Professional Edition of this kit adds further capabilities, including expert system analysis and the ability to discover and remotely control any 683 or 686 Enterprise LANMeter.
Its Distributed Analysis and Monitoring Kit includes multiport probes and network traffic analysers that can diagnose and monitor half- or full-duplex connections. The kit can identify overstressed ports and capture, decode and filter network conversations from a port connection.
Its LAN Connectivity Kit is the low-end tool kit designed to troubleshoot basic device network access and is aimed at engineers whose primary function is to provide on-site support for end-users.
The three kits are made up from a mixed bag of 17 new and existing Fluke products and will be launched at the Networks show in Birmingham this month.
Prices for the kits have not yet been announced but they will cost less than the combined price of the individual components.
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