Powerful infrastructure monitoring solution analyses networks without degrading performance

R&M, the global Swiss developer and provider of connectivity systems for high-quality, high-performance network infrastructures, has announced a new partnership with Virtual Instruments, the leader in Infrastructure Performance Management (IPM) for physical, virtual and cloud computing environments. As a monitoring platform, R&M today launched its Total Network Visibility solution, a holistic approach to network visibility that integrates passive traffic access points (TAPs) seamlessly into its automated infrastructure management system R&MinteliPhy.

R&M’s HD TAP Modules contain passive fibre-optic splitters that deliver an identical copy of an optical signal passing through it. Once the optical signal is out of band and connected to a VirtualWisdom Probe, the entire infrastructure can be monitored in real-time without agents—helping to ensure availability and performance for live applications. As part of the HD System family, the HD TAP Module is fully compatible with R&M’s infrastructure hardware as a standard module, and easily and passively monitors network links without introducing latency or packet loss. The TAPs have to be connected to monitoring and analysis equipment, including receivers, analysis hardware and software. The monitoring device connected to the TAP is provided with all traffic in real-time as if it were inline, including Layer 1 and Layer 2 errors.

“Virtual Instruments’ Data Centre Infrastructure Management software, which monitors live traffic feed across the network and provides overviews on an easy-to-read dashboard, is perfect for this task. The VirtualWisdom platform provides complete visibility and for the first time, automated infrastructure management and automated infrastructure performance management are married as a single solution,” stated Dr. Thomas Wellinger, market manager Data Centre, R&M. “This enables cost-effective, fault-free systems management and analysis.”

“Together, we are providing an integrated solution for accurately monitoring and managing real-time infrastructure performance in a cost-effective manner,” said Colin Pittham, Channel and Alliance director EMEA at Virtual Instruments. “The integration of R&M’s Total Network Visibility platform with our VirtualWisdom solution allows users to monitor their networks closely, in real time, and detect emergent issues before they become problems that impact application performance and availability, whilst avoiding excessive overprovisioning.” 

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