Fluke Networks has unveiled a tablet device aimed at allowing IT and network managers to troubleshoot issues on networks or at the application layer more quickly and easily.
The OptiView XG is designed to bridge the gap between the high-level network management systems and granular packet data analysis tools on which staff usually have to rely when diagnosing problems.
Barry Lindsley, marketing manager at Fluke Networks, told V3.co.uk that the device will help network managers determine whether faults are occurring at the network or application layer.
"Network management systems become less useful as you try and reach a more granular level of understanding on incidents, so staff often have to decode packets which is time consuming and difficult," he said.
"With the OptiView XG they are able to get a far better insight into what's going on without needing to carry out in-depth analysis, so staff can work more productively and efficiently and ensure that business operations run smoothly."
The system can monitor up to 30,000 devices and end-points on a network, and supports line-rate packet capture from 10Gbit/s. Dashboards displaying key information can be managed and modified as the end user requires.
The OptiView XG can also come with Fluke's Wi-Fi Analysis, Spectrum Analysis and Survey and Planning tools built in to allow IT staff to deploy and manage wireless connections.
The device weighs 2.5kg, and has a 10.25in screen with 1,024x738 resolution and battery life of three hours between two hot-swappable batteries. The system runs on Windows 7 powered by an Intel Core Duo 1.2GHz processor.
Lindsley added that the basic device retails for £16,000, but that models with enhanced gigabit speeds and Wi-Fi support will cost more, although the firm declined to give exact information.
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