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By emichielsen ·
I have run into a major challenge in a search for a tool(s) that will measure & report out pre & post migration network and application performance.

Need to benchmark speed of network including packet loss, Exchange email (from launch to seeinginbox & when sending 100k, 500k, 1mb, 5mb email within LAN\WAN org), Remote Access throughput & busy\no answer results and finally intranet\internet performance (speed, failures due to proxies or ACLs).

Lucent VitalSuite is close but intrusive due to client agent installs. Traps and RMON2 probes offer network results, but do not address application performance.

Any ideas?

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by Angelo In reply to Need IT network\app bench ...

Lucent VitalSuite is one of the best available. Any application performance measuring device for the parameters you have stated will need some sort of agent installed (esp. for the Exchange one). The Intra/Internet performance can be difficult to measure and I would suggest adding measurement tools within the code you are deploying (add in some JavaScript or VB Script that takes current date/time stamp, sends it with the page request, return the d/t stamp with the page request, the new page has entry script that takes the new current d/t stamp, subtracts the old, and then passes the difference back to the server once the page has loaded fully).

Keep in mind that any code or agent that you add in adds overhead tot he transaction, but it should be minimal (<1 sec).

The application performance is a tricky one. As you have already found out, the network performance is a breeze!

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by emichielsen In reply to Need IT network\app bench ...

Although I was looking for alternative solutions\products than Lucent's this answer confirmed that I should keep on track with Lucent product and offered additional solutions with Java & VB scripts for enhancing reports.

BTW, a VitalNet guru at our company created some custom reporting using Perl and Cricket and after all the research, Lucent's Vital Net and Vital Analysis are the only products out there to truly benchmark multiple configs on clients\NOS especially in the acquisition\merger space.

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by Shanghai Sam In reply to Need IT network\app bench ...

Here's a link to Fluke's Optiview product...a portable network analyzer. It's fairly recent and has received much good press. We don't have one, but are scheduled to obtain a demo unit soon...they seem to be in great demand. Hope this helps.
- ck

http://www.flukenetworks.com/lan/optiview/index.htm

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by emichielsen In reply to Need IT network\app bench ...

Addresses network traffic but as stated in question already have that and seeking application benchmarking that covers Exchange, POP, web, and other transactions.

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by emichielsen In reply to Need IT network\app bench ...

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