Century LAN Analyzer First to View Cisco's Switched, Full-Duplex Trunk Links; New Decodes Provide Insight Into Cisco VLANs, Plus Microsoft and DEC Networks.SAN JOSE San Jose, city, United States
San Jose (sănəzā`, săn hōzā`), city (1990 pop. 782,248), seat of Santa Clara co., W central Calif.; founded 1777, inc. 1850. , Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 14, 1996--Shomiti Systems, Inc., a leader of the rapidly expanding Fast LAN (Local Area Network) A communications network that serves users within a confined geographical area. The "clients" are the user's workstations typically running Windows, although Mac and Linux clients are also used. management market (switched Ethernet An Ethernet network that is controlled by a switch instead of a shared hub. The switch cross connects all clients, servers and network devices, giving each sending-receiving pair the full rated transmission speed. , Fast Ethernet An earlier name for 100Mbps Ethernet. See 100Base-T.
(networking) Fast Ethernet - A version of Ethernet developed in the 1990s(?) which can carry 100 Mbps compared with standard Ethernet's 10 Mbps. It requires upgraded network cards and hubs. , and other Fast LANs), today added three new protocol decode suites to the Century LAN Analyzer See network analyzer. product family.
Century LAN Analyzer release 1.2 can decode and analyze packets containing Cisco's Inter-Switch Link (ISL ISL - Interface Specification Language. Xerox PARC. Interface description language used by the ILU (Inter-Language Unification) system. Includes descriptions of multiple inheritance, exceptions and garbage collection.
E-mail: Bill Janssen <firstname.lastname@example.org>. ), Microsoft's Server Message Block See SMB.
(protocol) Server Message Block - (SMB) A client/server protocol that provides file and printer sharing between computers. In addition SMB can share serial ports and communications abstractions such as named pipes and mail slots. (SMB (1) (Small to Medium-sized Business) Also called "SME" (small to medium-sized enterprise), it refers to companies that are larger than the small office/home office (SOHO), but not huge. ) and DECnet Phase IV protocols. The addition of these protocols, combined with Shomiti's unique Century Tap, enable network managers to analyze, monitor, and troubleshoot previously unviewable LANs.
The new Shomiti software enables network managers, for the first time, to view the full-duplex "trunk" links in Cisco System's-based networks implementing Virtual LANs. The ISL protocol is Cisco's method of conveying VLAN See virtual LAN.
VLAN - Virtual Local Area Network information between switches. Century LAN Analyzer 1.2, combined with the Century Tap, provides this visibility by tapping into full-duplex Fast Ethernet trunk links, capturing all the bi-directional traffic on these backbone links, and providing a full seven-layer decode and analysis.
"Cisco's Inter-Switch Link protocol is a key component of Cisco's IOS (1) (Internetwork Operating System) An operating system from Cisco that is the primary control program used in its routers. IOS is widely used and robust system software that supports the common functions of all products under Cisco's CiscoFusion architecture. architecture," said Jayshree Ullal, vice president of marketing, Cisco Systems “Cisco” redirects here. For other uses, see Cisco (disambiguation).
Cisco System,Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO, HKSE: 4333 ) is an American multinational corporation with 54,000 employees and annual revenue of US $28.48 billion as of 2006. - Workgroup Business Unit. "ISL allows users of Cisco's switches and routers to create large, enterprise-wide Virtual LANs. Shomiti's ability to decode ISL, coupled with their ability to view traffic on full-duplex 10/100 Ethernet segments, provides real value to Cisco's customers in need of Fast LAN analysis."
According to John McConnell, president of McConnell Consulting, Inc., a Colorado-based market research firm, "Being able to view traffic from the ISL perspective gives network managers the understanding of VLAN traffic flows. This capability will make it easier to deploy and manage Cisco's VLANs. The Century LAN Analyzer will accelerate the adoption of VLANs by clarifying and simplifying the invisible and mysterious."
The enhanced Shomiti software can also decode Microsoft's expanding SMB (Server Message Block) protocol, which is the core protocol used by Microsoft for network file and print services, and Digital Equipment Corp.'s DECnet Phase IV.
Another new feature is the ability to automatically learn names from captured network traffic and update Shomiti's name table for easier network monitoring and troubleshooting. Computer names are routinely advertised on TCP/IP TCP/IP
in full Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol
Standard Internet communications protocols that allow digital computers to communicate over long distances. networks via Domain Name System (DNS (Domain Name System) A system for converting host names and domain names into IP addresses on the Internet or on local networks that use the TCP/IP protocol. For example, when a Web site address is given to the DNS either by typing a URL in a browser or behind the ) protocols and on NetWare networks via Service Advertising Protocols (SAP). Century LAN Analyzer 1.2 captures and decodes this information, and, at the request of the user, automatically updates the name table.
THE CENTURY FAMILY
The protocol decode enhancements contained in Century LAN Analyzer 1.2 complement the existing Century family of Fast LAN management products. Century LAN Analyzer is a scaleable system that can be configured as software-only or software plus hardware to create a monitoring and analysis system for a variety of budgets and management requirements. Based on the custom silicon design principles that have been at the heart of the explosive LAN switching industry, Shomiti Systems' "silicon-accelerated LAN management" provides 100% line-rate packet capture and seven-layer analysis of up to eight concurrent shared, switched or full-duplex 10/100 Ethernet segments. The Century family delivers an aggregate capture rate of over one million packets per second, even while performing complex filtering.
Shomiti Systems also provides the ability to monitor full-duplex switch-to-switch or switch-to-server connections with the Century Tap. Century Tap is a multi-port device that is inserted into full-duplex 10/100 Ethernet connections. It provides a "tap" by which a Century LAN Analyzer can capture and analyze both directions of a full-duplex link.
AVAILABILITY AND PRICING
Century LAN Analyzer 1.2 which contains the new protocol decodes, automatic name table creation facility, as well as new troubleshooting, test and simulation features (see accompanying release) is available immediately and is priced at $999. The product is available free for evaluation at Shomiti Systems' home page at http://www.shomiti.com. Century Media Module for 10/100 Ethernets is priced at $7,499. Century Tap is priced at $399.
ABOUT SHOMITI SYSTEMS
Shomiti Systems is a leader of the rapidly expanding Fast LAN management market. Shomiti Systems specializes in "silicon accelerated LAN management" products for effective analysis, monitoring, and management of Fast Ethernet, switched Ethernet, and other Fast LANs. Shomiti Systems' headquarters is located at 2099 Gateway Place, Suite 220, San Jose, CA, 95110. The company can be reached via email at email@example.com, by phone toll-free inside the US at (888) SHOMITI, outside the US at (408) 437-3940 and by fax at (408) 437-4041. A fully-functional 30-day evaluation copy of the software may be downloaded from Shomiti's web site at http://www.shomiti.com. -0-
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