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HP’s Agilent Teams with NetReality for Active Service Level Management

Hewlett-Packard Co.’s subsidiary Agilent Technologies Inc. (www.agilent.com) announced an agreement yesterday with NetReality Inc. (www.net-reality.com), a WAN-based application accelerator.

The agreement will enable users of Agilent's NetMetrix Performance Center, released in August, to proactively manage bandwidth by employing NetReality's Adaptive Circuit-Based Shaping (ACS) traffic technology.

NetMetrix Performance Center summarizes the current and historical health information for the entire network-including LAN, WAN, ATM and switches. Its open architecture provides the opportunity for integration of other industry-leading technologies.

NetReality's ACS technology adds to Performance Center's functionality, giving users proactive management capabilities so they can take action and ensure that mission-critical traffic gets top priority when network congestion strikes.

The ACS software will immediately be offered via joint marketing with Agilent and NetReality channels working in tandem.

According to the agreement, Agilent and NetReality will market network performance and bandwidth shaping solutions, configurations that encompass products currently available from both companies. These products include Agilent's NetMetrix Performance Center, NetMetrix T1 probes, and NetReality's WiseWan traffic shaper.

In this model, NetReality's WiseWan traffic shapers will transparently collect monitoring information from NetMetrix probes, and then allocate bandwidth to the appropriate key applications as directed.

For example, after ascertaining that a dominant protocol such as SMTP or FTP is saturating a link, a WiseWan traffic shaper user would be able to employ ACS technology to limit such traffic and ensure SAP or other mission-critical applications get top priority.

Additionally, the two companies are evaluating plans to potentially integrate NetReality's ACS technology into a future release of NetMetrix Performance Center. – Thomas Sullivan

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