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WildPackets Pushes Into Hardware

After 14 years as a software vendor, network analysis specialist WildPackets has unveiled its first piece of hardware (see WildPackets Upgrades Fault Analysis).

Launched as part of WildPackets new fault analysis platform, the three-rack-unit high Omnipliance runs the vendor’s flagship network analysis software, Peek DNX. Preconfigured with both Peek DNX and Microsoft Corp.’s (Nasdaq: MSFT) Windows 2003, the device signals a change of strategy for WildPackets.

Brant Cooper, WildPackets’ vice president of corporate strategy, believes that, increasingly, companies are looking for "turnkey" data center products that can monitor networking products from a range of vendors. An LCD and keypad on the Omnipliance enable network engineers to enter configuration information such as IP addresses without relying on a keyboard or monitor, according to the Walnut Creek, Calif.-based firm.

”I don’t think that they would have brought out an appliance lightly; it’s obviously a reflection of what their customers are telling them,” says Richard Webb, directing analyst at Infonetics Research Inc.

Webb also thinks that the appliance provides a hint of the company’s future roadmap. “My guess is that this could be their tentative move towards the security space,” he says.

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