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November 01, 2012
NetScout Buys ONPATH

By Paula Bernier, Executive Editor, TMC

NetScout (News - Alert) Systems Inc. today revealed that it has purchased ONPATH Technologies. The value of the deal, which was completed yesterday, was not disclosed.

For almost three decases, NetScout has been selling packet-flow solutions that help companies monitor and ensure the quality of their networks and applications. Its offerings include nGenius and Sniffer, which are used by more than 20,000 of the world’s largest enterprises, government agencies and more than 148 service providers.

Through the deal announced today, NetScout received ONPATH’s test automation business, which had sold large switching/layer 1 connectivity to leading network equipment manufacturers, and ONPATH’s network monitoring switch business. ONPATH also has an extremely large scale solution to manage all of these switches, Steve Shalita, vice president of marketing for NetScout, told TMCnet this morning.

Hundreds of thousands of ports can be managed in a single environment using the ONPATH technology, he said, adding “We see that also as being very synergistic.”

NetScout is tripling its investment in the network switch monitoring space, he added. This product category, which Gartner (News - Alert) refers to as the packet broker market, addresses performance management, monitoring, security, and essentially how to get packet-flow information to a wide range of solutions in the network, he explained.

Shalita added that NetScout is the only performance management vendor addressing the physical aspect of this. But he noted this product category has seen a lot of interest and acquisitions from several suppliers in recent months.

While the NetScout and ONPATH switching solutions address some of the same basic network requirements, Shalita noted that the deal fills what had been a gap in NetScout’s product line. NetScout’s product portfolio to date has included a fixed box that was not field changeable, meaning it had a lifecycle in the two- to three-year range, he said. The ONPATH product on this front, meanwhile, is built based on a modular chassis architecture, which means new capacity and technologies can be added in the field as needed with the insertion of new blades. That, Shalita said, lengthens the product lifecycle to five to seven years and provides customers with a great deal more flexibility.

According to a statement issued today by the company: “NetScout will leverage ONPATH’S advanced technology to accelerate the development of an extensible, modular, chassis-based switching product portfolio to support high-density 10, 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity. In addition, NetScout will integrate this technology into its packet flow switch solution to deliver a switch portfolio that will be easier to integrate and simpler to manage, enabling organizations to address deployment requirements to improve the efficiency, control and distribution of network traffic flows and reduce the overall total cost of ownership for network-based monitoring deployments.”

The company expects to deliver integrated products by the end of this year or early next year.

In related VoIP news, Patton (News - Alert) Electronics’ SmartNode VoIP Solution was honored its eleventh major industry award – the 2012 INTERNET TELEPHONY Excellence Award – which also serves as the third Excellence Award for the renowned solution. The 2012 Excellence Award is honored for the company’s IP-communications solution delivered by the logistics and supply-chain management firm, Norbet Dentrassangle (ND), Italy operations. Patton’s extensive list of SmartNode offerings range from VoIP gateways to gateway-routers to VoIP AID and ipChannelBank products – all which provide converged-IP voice-and-data network that interconnects numerous ND facilities in the Trezzo, Italy region.

Edited by Allison Boccamazzo

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