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When companies were using virtualization technology to consolidate IT infrastructure that wasn’t truly real-time in nature, the network performance of these virtual machines was not a major concern. Generally, all they had to do was put a Gig E card into the host and everything would work itself out fine. All of the VM monitoring and management tools focused on CPU, memory and disk utilization and did not pay much attention to network performance. Sure the network performance for each VM was still atrocious, but that was overshadowed by all of the other efficiency gains of implementing VM technology.

With VM based deployments becoming the standard for infrastructure, the performance of virtual networks is becoming more critical. In PathView 2.0 we have filled a critical hole in the tools available for monitoring your VM infrastructure. Because our monitoring techniques traverse the network – both physical and virtual  and the same as users and applications accessing these VMs – we can accurately tell you how well, or poorly, your VM network performance is.

We spent a considerable amount of time tuning our monitoring and diagnostic capabilities so that our results are as accurate to VMs as they are to physical operating systems, and they are done in a way that does not impact production application performance. And because we can monitor to targets over networks that you do not own and or control, these same VM enhancements benefit our monitoring of cloud-based systems which are using virtualization technology at their core.

So for people running production VM environments or responsible for the network in VM-centric IT environments, PathView 2.0 should be a key addition to your monitoring tools. The capability to see through the cloud of your physical network, virtual switches and virtual network cards to monitor the true network performance of VM infrastructure and diagnose network problems anywhere along this path closes a critical gap in your IT toolkit.

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This week we are releasing PathView 2.0, a major step forward in many areas of the product.

PathView 2.0 Capabilities

There are two new capabilities that we are particularly excited about and I want to focus on today. The two new features of PathView 2.0  are so basic, so fundamental that I wonder why they haven’t been introduced in the 30+ years that network management tools have been around. As is often the case, it’s these fundamental questions that are the most difficult to answer.

The first is a question of bandwidth, from point A to point B how much bandwidth do I have, how much is used and how much do I have left?  This seems like a pretty basic question and something that you need to know, since there are likely cost and performance consequences if you get this wrong.

If point A and B are both on your network, you can theoretically answer this question today, although doing so is not trivial. But what if one of the points is not on your network, or more commonly, if part of the network path between A and B is not on your network? Your ability to answer this with traditional network management tools falls apart.

PathView 2.0 fills this hole in your network knowledge perfectly, using our patented technology to measure the end-to-end performance without impacting production applications, and adding new presentation methods making the answer to this fundamental question easier to understand. So now if a problem arises between your New York and Hong Kong offices (or anywhere else for that matter), you will be able to instantly tell if the network is saturated, regardless of how many different 3rd party networks are between.

As great as knowing the true end-to-end bandwidth capacity, there are many times when other areas of network performance are actually causing the problems. This is when the second fundamental question that PathView 2.0 answers becomes critical: How do I identify and diagnose transient performance problems?

A network problem can come and go very quickly, and unless you are watching the right location at the right time, they can be extremely difficult to pin down. The diagnostic engine within PathView has been super charged, so that problems are identified and diagnosed up to 600% faster than previous versions. So not only will PathView 2.0 show you bandwidth problems, duplex mismatches, routing loops, QoS changes and many other network problems will be identified faster than ever.  Try PathView 2.0 and let us know what you think!

As you may have seen from a press release earlier today PathView 2.0 is very near to release, and I wanted to give you a glimpse into what’s new in this major release. This is just a brief overview and there will be more detail on key features in this blog and on the ApparentTools.com site in the coming days and weeks.

PathView Report Server – PathView has some great information on your networks performance, and now you have an automated, scalable and customizable way to share that information with other users. PathView Report Server enables you to create or customize reports and dashboards through a simple web based drag-and-drop interface, then schedule these reports for automatic generation and delivery to any number of users.

Virtualization Support – This has been a major focus for us in 2.0, and there is more to come in the near future as we are now part of the VMware Technology Alliance. You can now run the PathView Server on VMware ESX and the performance analysis and diagnostics to VM targets is better than ever. Stay tuned for even more capability in the VM space in upcoming releases.

VoIP Enhancements – VoIP environments have been a strong point for PathView from day one, but 2.0 includes continuous VoIP specific analysis and diagnostics, so that voice specific metrics like MOS, Voice Loss and Voice Jitter are available at all times for Voice Paths.

QoS Enhancements – Support for QoS has also been enhanced in 2.0, so now you can actually see QoS values in the hop-by-hop breakdown provided with diagnostic tests. You can also model multiple paths between the same source and destination with different QoS values to directly correspond with different service levels between offices.

Performance Improvements – PathView’s diagnostic engine has also been enhanced so that problems are identified and diagnosed up to 600% faster. These performance gains enable you to resolve problems on slow WAN links many times faster than before with no drop off in accuracy.

PathView Team – Along with 2.0 we are also announcing new models of PathView to support larger customers’ network environments. PathView Team supports multiple, concurrent users, remote access to PathView and up to 40 network sequencers. If you have already purchased PathView and want to upgrade, you will get 100% trade in credit to upgrade for your current license towards PathView Team.

You can visit us at booth 1443 at VMWorld this week in San Francisco to learn more about these and other great features in PathView 2.0.

PathView Network Management

As the IT climate accelerates toward more cost-effective, on demand services and cloud-based applications, managing your network performance and virtual service delivery is becoming more and more challenging. As Loki noted in a previous blog post, “The problems of network growth and complexity forecast some serious challenges ahead for virtualization.”

That is why PathView is excited to join the VMware Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) Program in an effort to respond to these new complexities and provide capabilities that will make your day to day job easier, faster and cheaper.

As we launch this new partnership with VMware we are also thrilled to be introducing PathView 2.0 which contains some great new capabilities to support virtual service delivery. We’ll unveil more details next week, but here’s a sneak peak of what’s to come:
•    VMWare ESX Support – now PathView components, including network sequencers can be installed in VMWare virtual machines, and our accuracy for both VM based and physical hosts is better than ever.
•    PathView Report Server – a major enhancement to the PathView reporting capability, the Report Server gives you drag and drop report and dashboard customization, report scheduling and 14 new reports.
•    300% performance increase in DPA diagnostics – problems on local and remote networks that used to take minutes to diagnose will now be done in seconds.
•    Continuous MOS Scores – voice specific measurements have been added to PathView’s continuous monitoring.
We will be joining our fellow VMware partners at VM World on August 31-September 3. Come check us out and see a demo of PathView 2.0 at Booth # 1443. Hope to see you there!


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