Fluke Networks acquires Crannog Software

The network management and analysis vendor picks up Crannog to tackle advanced network, performance and VoIP management.

Fluke Networks today announced it had acquired for an undisclosed sum Crannog Software, which industry watchers say will help the network analysis vendor expand the use of its technology beyond network managers' tool belts.

Fluke Networks, perhaps best known for its OptiView WAN and protocol analysis, says the Crannog buy will help the vendor build upon its enterprise performance management strategy, in which Fluke Networks technology is used to track performance of VoIP, WAN and server environments across distributed enterprise networks.

Fluke Networks in 2005 picked up Visual Networks as means to expand its VoIP management and analysis capabilities. Fluke Networks also resold NetQoS technology to offer customers performance management capabilities across network, servers and applications.

Crannog, which competes with NetQoS with its own network monitoring and VoIP management software, will provide Fluke Networks expertise in areas such as Cisco's NetFlow and IP SLA features, as well as add IP-FIX management support to Fluke Networks' Network SuperVision products.

"Our customers will be better equipped to manage application, VoIP and network performance across the LAN, WAN and multi-tiered server environments," said Jeff Lime, senior vice president of marketing at Fluke Networks.

Industry watchers agree, saying this acquisition will help Fluke Networks better compete for enterprise IT managers' VoIP and Cisco network management dollars.

"It's a technology buy: NetFlow, IP-SLA and IPFIX. They're building a management suite to attack the whole VoIP management life cycle," says George Hamilton, director of Yankee Group's Enabling Technologies Enterprise Group. "When you think of Fluke Networks, you think of devices hanging off the belts of pole climbers, but they're building some real credibility on the network management side."

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