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WildPackets' OmniPeek

By Anthony Mosco, Robert Smithers, Robert Tarpley, Network World
September 18, 2006 12:08 AM ET

Network World - WildPackets' OmniPeek data-analysis tool provides an optional module, Enhanced VoIP Option, to provide VoIP analysis. OmniPeek has distributed capabilities that comprise software probes installed on remote-network subnets that report back to the main analysis engine.

OmniPeek's strength lies in the deployment flexibility of its data-capture filters - the selection criteria for catching and storing VoIP data for subsequent analysis - and the detailed level of information they supply. OmniPeek has multiple options for setting what data to capture and the VoIP conditions that cause a preset capture to begin recording data.

The precision of the filters avoids the collection of a voluminous log that could add time and overhead to the debugging process in the VoIP environment. OmniPeek allows multiple unrelated captures to execute simultaneously, with different filters and initiation conditions set on each.

One of OmniPeek's best capture-and-analysis features is the graphical Peer Map display. This shows a diagram of VoIP sessions visually with both endpoints enumerated along with visual representation depicting the relative percent of network throughput used by each session over the span of the capture. Hovering over objects in the Peer Map will generate pop-up boxes with further statistics about the object.

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