Easy Points!! Traffic Monitoring Appliance

Hi Folks,

Easy one for 500 points! (if you know about these things...)

I am required to buy a hardware appliance that will monitor traffic over a WAN link and if possible provide some shaping or acceleration abilities.

It needs to be portable so can be deployed on any of our links and should cost no more that £4000GBP.

Does anyone have any recommendation? Packeteer looks pretty good. Has anyone any experience with this or any other similar.

I look forward to your replies.


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CPTNSCommented:
The above is great but I would just get a packeteer and be done with it

http://www.packeteer.com/

Great Appliance
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Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
Network monitoring and troubleshooting

*****Hardware*****

Fluke Gear

One Touch (approx $5000)
http://portweb.flukenetworks.com/storage/efulfillment/1287921_1214_ENG_F_EFUL_618.pdf

NetTool (approx $1400)
http://portweb.flukenetworks.com/storage/efulfillment/1567676_1214_ENG_D_EFUL_625.pdf

OptiView (approx $17000)
http://portweb.flukenetworks.com/storage/efulfillment/1590227_1215_ENG_E_EFUL_646.pdf

Optiview Workgroup analyser
http://portweb.flukenetworks.com/storage/efulfillment/1638900_1215_ENG_C_EFUL_809.pdf

DSP-4300 Tester (approx $5000)
https://myvision.flukenetworks.com/edocs/efile.asp?oid=1626542

Wave Runner Wireless Tester (For Compaq Ipaq) (approx $4000)
http://portweb.flukenetworks.com/storage/efulfillment/1989155_1214_ENG_B_EFUL_1006.pdf



*****Software*****

Fluke Optiview (Network Inspector) (approx $8000)
http://portweb.flukenetworks.com/storage/efulfillment/1609415_1215_ENG_E_EFUL_654.pdf
http://tomshardware.bizrate.com/Fluke%20OPTIVIEW%20NETWORK-INSPECTOR%20SW,mss__cat_id--320,prod_id--6609426,rf--wgg.html

Ethereal (FREEWARE) - Best for sniffing traffic in and out of an interface
http://www.ethereal.com/

Sniffer Pro - Investigator (approx $5000)
http://www.snifferpro.co.uk/

Sniffer Basic (approx $1000)
http://www.networkassociates.com/us/products/sniffer/field/sniffer_basic.htm

Solarwinds Engineers Toolkit (price £688.00 sterling)
(This is a fantastic product - I use it every day)
http://www.solarwindsuk.co.uk/products/engineers.htm

EtherPeek NX ($3500)
http://www.wildpackets.com/products/etherpeek_nx

MTRG (Multi Router Traffic Grapher) (FREEWARE)
http://people.ee.ethz.ch/~oetiker/webtools/mrtg/users.html

IPERF (FREEWARE)
http://dast.nlanr.net/Projects/Iperf/

NetworkActiv Scanner 4.0  (FREEWARE)
http://www.networkactiv.com/Scanner.html

NetIQ (FREEWARE)
http://www.ixiacom.com/enterprise/Qcheck.php

Network Probe 1.0.2  ($300.00)
http://www.objectplanet.com/probe/
Freeware Version http://www.objectplanet.com/software/43fh7y_Probe_32y8/Network_Probe_0.5-install.exe

NetStatLive from AnalogX (FREEWARE)
http://www.analogx.com/contents/download/network/nsl.htm

OnLineEye (TRAILWARE)($15 to buy)
http://www.pmasoft.net/download.htm
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pseudocyberCommented:
Do you want it to DYNAMICALLY monitor and shape/accelerate as needed?  If so, I would think it's going to be a lot more than 4000GBP.
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jajjonesCommented:
I agree with CPTNS.  The Packeteer is a great tool/box.
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jajjonesCommented:
Just another quick one.........if you are running Cisco gear, you can use NetFlow Monitor to have a look at the WAN traffic...........

http://www.crannog-software.com/

It comes in at about £4500 GBP.........but the informatiojn you get is invaluable.......
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Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
ThanQ
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