August 5, 2008
OPNET’s ACE Analyst Software Now Supports WAN Optimization; New Release Delivers Unique Capabilities for Deploying and Troubleshooting WAN Optimization
BETHESDA, Md., Aug. 5, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- OPNET Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:OPNT), a leading provider of solutions for managing networks and applications, today announced a new release of its industry-leading ACE(tm) Analyst solution for network-based application analysis. This release delivers new one-of-a kind analysis capabilities for organizations deploying wide area network (WAN) optimization devices from vendors including Riverbed Technology, Cisco Systems, and Juniper Networks.
WAN optimization devices accelerate the performance of applications that are accessed over a wide area network. They employ a variety of techniques to address common sources of slow network response, including latency, congestion, and inefficient application communications. These devices have become increasingly popular among IT organizations, as distributed use of business applications has increased, as has the richness and size of content transferred by applications. However, the introduction of WAN optimization, while providing obvious benefits, interferes with the ability of the IT organization to effectively manage application performance on an end-to-end basis. The techniques that are applied by these devices obscure the actual application behavior over the network, making it more difficult to troubleshoot performance problems.This latest release of OPNET's ACE Analyst software restores the end-to-end visibility of application transactions that traverse networks employing WAN optimization. It provides network-tier visibility, isolating the application transaction from other activity that is introduced by the WAN optimization devices to effectively troubleshoot slow response time.
This follows OPNET's recent joint announcement of a partnership with Riverbed Technology, an industry leader in wide-area data services solutions. This latest release of ACE Analyst incorporates new capability to understand the proprietary communications among Riverbed Steelhead WAN acceleration appliances. We believe ACE Analyst is the industry's first solution to provide detailed visibility into applications accelerated by Steelhead appliances for a clear view of the end-to-end transaction, enabling effective application performance troubleshooting.
ACE Analyst also enables "what-if" predictive analysis for planning, as well as validating proposed fixes to response time problems. It enables organizations to more effectively plan for deploying WAN optimization devices by identifying sites and applications that would likely realize the greatest benefits.
"This latest release of ACE Analyst provides breakthrough functionality for users of WAN optimization." stated Alain Cohen, OPNET President & CTO. "Organizations are making significant investments in these devices to ensure that their users experience the best possible end-to-end response time for critical business applications. OPNET's ACE Analyst embeds an understanding of WAN optimization technologies to restore the level of application visibility that is critical to effectively troubleshoot end-to-end performance when problems occur. We believe ACE Analyst is the only solution on the market that provides this visibility."
The update to ACE Analyst Release 14.5 is available immediately from OPNET.
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