ntop and Plixer Partnered for Advanced Flow-based Monitoring

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May 17th 2010

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Plixer International, Inc., a leading global provider of network traffic monitoring and analysis tools, today announced that it has partnered with NTOP of Italy to launch Scrutinizer 7.7 with nProbe™ support for advanced flow-based monitoring to analyze client, server and application latency. If the flow involves HTTP, the URL information can also be exported.

With its unique software-based nProbe™ support, Scrutinizer 7.7 is the first-of-its-kind NetFlow analyzer to enable affordable remote probe deployment on individual PCs or servers to track and pinpoint traffic and application issues. While traditional NetFlow reporting involves displaying top IP addresses, ports and data volume, Scrutinizer v7.7 when receiving IPFIX from the nProbe, can deliver details generally only available via packet analysis. For example, if the flow exported by the nProbe involves HTTP, the exact URL and corresponding client, server and application latency experienced by the end systems is displayed. More detail means more awareness and shorter network troubleshoots.

“The ability to deploy this unique open source nProbe™ monitor makes this a powerful combination that is extensible and customizable for other applications, such as monitoring for VoIP and e-mail traffic,” said Michael Patterson, Scrutinizer product manager with Plixer. “This integration takes application performance analysis with NetFlow or IPFIX to a whole new level.”

By expanding flow monitoring deeper into the actual packets, Scrutinizer 7.7 with nProbe™ can provide greater detail on database performance, latency, e-mail and URL activities. The nProbe collects the data and transfers it to Scrutinizer via NetFlow v9 or IPFIX for reporting and archiving. The system also stores historical data for baseline trend analysis.

The combined solution allows customers to drill down on conversations to determine client round-trip time and server processing latency. If the communication involves HTTP, the complete URL is provided, as well as the ability to click and actually view the page accessed by the client. E-mail details include mail sender and recipient.

The result is much more detailed network traffic data with a primary focus on ensuring optimum application availability, troubleshooting and analysis far beyond traditional NetFlow analysis.

“Without Scrutinizer 7.7 with nProbe™ support, the only other way to get this kind of data is to use packet analyzer technology,” said Luca Deri, founder of NTOP and developer of the nProbe™ technology. “But if the problem is in an off-site location, this can be costly and time consuming. With remote deployment of our nProbe technology, you can analyze traffic at any location and have it report back to Scrutinizer for more efficient, network-wide troubleshooting and analysis.”

The nProbe™ integration for Scrutinizer 7.7 is remarkably affordable at just $195 for an unlimited server site license. Existing Scrutinizer customers under maintenance will receive a free upgrade to version 7.7, with just $195 required for the nProbe™ functionality.

Plixer and NTOP have partnered with Ravica for U.S. distribution of nBox, the nProbe™-powered hardware appliance.

For more information on Scrutinizer 7.7 with nProbe™ integration, visit www.plixer.com.

Jon Mills
Marketing & Public Relations Manager