After a careful search of alternatives, Ixia’s Net Tool Optimizer (NTO) was implemented between network access points to enhance network traffic visibility for the APM platform. OPNET AppResponse Xpert was selected to meet the APM requirements.
• APM—The OPNET APM Xpert suite enabled 24x7 application transaction monitoring, packet storage, and network analysis, while providing integrated software add-ons for dependency mapping, SNMP reporting, database monitoring, and pre-deployment application testing.
• Aggregation and Filtering—The Ixia NTO was implemented to aggregate traffic from the multiple 10G SPANs and direct it to the OPNET appliance after filtering out duplicate packets. “The NTO makes it extremely easy and efficient to provide our OPNET AppResponse Xpert all the traffic it needs from anywhere in our data center,” said Ross Jones, Network Manager at Cook Children’s Health. “Removing unneeded duplicate packets was a huge benefit.”