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June 22, 2012

Entuity Helps Network Operators Go with the Flow

By Paula Bernier, Executive Editor, TMC

Network management software provider Entuity (News - Alert) recently revealed Entuity 12.5 which includes new efficiencies like hierarchical views; a NetFlow-related enhancement that offers more historical views; and the ability for NOC (News - Alert) personnel to organize network objects into customizable groupings of network resources.

Used by both enterprise and service provider network operators, Entuity solutions (which until this release were marketed under the name Eye of the Storm) address traffic on such network elements as firewalls, load balancers, switches and routers, explains Karin Lauria, product marketing manager.

 “The key benefit of our product is operational efficiency” – initially and over time, Lauria says.

Entuity 12.5 does automated, continual discovery of inventory and topology; configuration monitoring; event alerting and root cause analysis; elemental and flow-based performance; and what the company says is extensive reporting. All of that is important given the fact that networks are becoming critical for businesses of all kinds, says Lauria, who adds the Entuity solution offers network operators an open tool that addresses always-changing environments including cloud and virtualization.

“You really need to be able to keep up with that,” Lauria adds.

Jonah Kowall, research director of the IT operations group at Gartner (News - Alert) commented, “With a greater importance being placed on flow data, capturing it from multiple devices and understanding the traffic patterns is creating additional value from flow data sources. Implementing broad and cost-effective flow-based monitoring across a large number of devices provides visibility without heavy investment in network probe technology. “

Entuity is a 15-year-old company, which has headquarters in both the U.S. and the U.K., customers in at least 50 countries, and partners including BMC, Dell and Oracle. Its competitors include such companies as CA (News - Alert), HP, IBM and SolarWinds. However, Entuity’s differentiator, Lauria says, is that it delivers a single product vs. requiring customers to buy multiple products to manage their networks; and that its products are highly automated, have a shorter learning curve and are easy to install (in just 20 minutes).

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Edited by Jamie Epstein
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