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ClearSight Networks Announces Network Time Protocol Support for the Network Time Machine

October 28, 2008

ClearSight Networks, a worldwide provider of award-winning application and analysis tools for today’s dynamic networks, today announced support for the Network Time Protocol (NTP) on its market-leading network capture and stream to disk appliance, the Network Time Machine (NTM).

The clocks on computer systems can deviate and drift. Sometimes this drift can be considerable, varying by as much as 10-20 seconds per day. If left unchecked, these drifts can accumulate and result in significant errors in the computer system clock. Fundamental to all network monitoring and analysis solutions is the notion that frames and packets that are observed and captured are accurately time-stamped. Without this, these solutions could fail to detect a network anomaly or could report one that is not there. It could also hinder root-cause analysis once a problem is detected.

Synchronization with NTP Servers can correct for these deviations and drifts, and provide system clocks with precision clocking capabilities for monitoring tools and other applications that have such a requirement.

This new capability for the ClearSight NTM appliance provides the ability to query internet or LAN-based NTP servers, on a regular basis, ensuring that captured network information, log files, reports, and application flows are time-stamped accurately. What this means for our customers is that unique ClearSight features such as multi-segment and network bottleneck analysis are now greatly enhanced and made more accurate through the use of synchronized NTMs.

The solution provides the ability to consult with such servers regularly without any detrimental effects on the NTM appliances. Versions 1 to 4 of the NTP specification are supported.

NTP support is available at no additional cost to customers that have active maintenance software service agreements on their NTM products. For customers that are no longer on the software service program, please contact ClearSight to renew your contract so you can take advantage of this new feature plus others that have recently been introduced.

For additional product information or to place an order, call ClearSight Networks at (510) 824-6000. You can also e-mail sales@clearsightnet.com or visit us at www.clearsightnet.com.

About ClearSight Networks

ClearSight Networks was founded in 2001 and has received numerous awards for product ingenuity, creativity, ease of use, and real-time information. In particular, ClearSight has received the Network World Fusion award for the Best VoIP Monitor and Analyzer and the prestigious Frost and Sullivan Most Innovative Technology award. Headquartered in Fremont, California, ClearSight Networks can be reached at (510) 824-6000.