VoIP Network Management: Buyer's Guide, Part 4�Vendor/Product Comparison

Here's an at-a-glance comparison matrix that gives you a quick rundown on the classes of management tools provided by more than 50 vendors.

By VoipPlanet.com Staff | Posted Mar 3, 2009
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As we discussed in our last three tutorials, we have been reviewing network management theory as it applies to enterprises deploying VoIP (Buyers Guide, Part 1), plus the various categories of functions that VoIP-specific network management tools typically support (Buyers Guide, Part 2 and Part 3).

 

This final installment provides an at-a-glance summary of the various companies and their products, plus the various categories that they claimed that these products supported.

 

Two caveats are worth mentioning:

 

First, the vendors—not Enterprise VoIPplanet.com—decided whether or not their product met the various criteria. Of course, we provided a sanity check between what the vendors claimed and what their product literature detailed, and in a few instances had to raise a question or two. But in the vast majority of vendor responses, this level of scrutiny was not necessary—everyone in this business should know the difference between a protocol analyzer and network design software.

 

Second, this is a very dynamic market, and one in which existing products are improved and new products are introduced monthly. Therefore consider this information to be a snapshot in time, presumably accurate when the information was transmitted to us, but may certainly have changed in the last few months.

 

So take it for what it is—a quick summary of companies and their network management products that can assist you in supporting your VoIP network. But also remember that the best tool of all is a well-informed and well-educated network manager!

 

 

Vendor SNMP
Ent. Mgmt.
Protocol
Analyzer
Perf/QoS
Monitor
Agent/
Probe
Traffic
Simulator
Net
Design/Opt
Codima Technologies
www.codimatech.com
x x x x x
AirMagnet
www.airmagnet.com
x x
Fluke Networks
www.flukenetworks.com
x x x x x
NetIQ
www.netiq.com
x x x x x
Network Instruments
www.networkinstruments.com
x x x x x
Brix Networks
www.brixnet.com
x x x
Ixia
www.ixiacom.com
x x x
Tektronix
www.tektronix.com
x x
Netscout
www.netscout.com
x x x
 
Westbay Engineers
www.erlang.com
x
Spirent Comm.
www.spirentcom.com
x x
Jumpnode Sys.
www.jumpnode.com
x x
Nortel Networks
www.nortel.com
x x x x
RADCOM
www.radcom.com
x x
GL Communications
www.gl.com
x x x x
Empirix
www.empirix.com
x x x x
Apparent Networks
www.apparentnetworks.com
x x
Wildpackets
www.wildpackets.com
x x x
Netcordia
www.netcordia.com
x x x x
Agilent Technologies
www.agilent.com
x x x
Telchemy
www.telchemy.com
x x
TamoSoft
www.tamos.com
x x x
JDSU
www.jdsu.com
x x x
Lancope
www.lancope.com
x x x
Solar Winds
www.solarwinds.com
x x x x
AdventNet
www.manageengine.com
x x
NetQoS
www.netqos.com
x
OPNET
www.opnet.com
x x x x x
Xangati
www.xangati.com
x
ClearSight Networks
www.clearsight.com
x x x x x
Cisco Systems
www.cisco.com
x x x x x x
Ameritec
www.ameritec.com
x x x
IBM
www-01.ibm.com/software/
x
EMC
www.emc.com
x x x x
NetSymphony
www.netsyphony.com
x x
NetHawk
www.nethawk.fi
x x x
Touchstone Tech.
www.touchstone-inc.com
x x x x
Alcatel-Lucent
www.alcatel-lucent.com/us
x x x
Shenick
www.shenick.com
x x x x
Mu Dynamics
www.mudynamics.com
x x x
Ipswitch
www.ipswitch.com
x x
SevOne
www.sevone.com
x x
Avaya
www.avaya.com
x x
Anritsu
www.us.anritsu.com
x x x
Extreme Networks
http://extremenetworks.com/
x x
Integrated Research
www.prognosis.com
x x x x x
Mitel
www.mitel.com
x x x
CA
www.ca.com
x x x x x
InfoVista
www.infovista.com
x x
Packet Island
www.packetisland.com
x x x x
Streamcore
www.streamcore.com
x x x
3Com
www.3com.com
x x
PacketTrap
www.packettrap.com
x x x

 

 

Copyright Acknowledgement: © 2009 DigiNet Corporation® All Rights Reserved

 

Author's Biography

Mark A. Miller, P.E. is President of DigiNet © 2009 DigiNet Corporation®, a Denver-based consulting engineering firm. He is the author of many books on networking technologies, including Voice over IP Technologies, and Internet Technologies Handbook, both published by John Wiley & Sons.

 

 

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