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Editor's note: This Infosim StableNet product overview is part of a series on network performance monitoring. The series also explores the evolution of network monitoring technology, discusses the major use cases, lays out the major purchasing criteria and compares the leading vendors on the market.
Infosim, a privately held company based in Wuerzburg, Germany, is one of the lesser-known network performance monitoring (NPM) vendors on our list. That being said, Infosim is making significant efforts to introduce its StableNet NPM software to North America. With a solid European customer base and a highly approachable and flexible network monitoring product, expect Infosim to be on the short list for customers looking for a new or replacement NPM option.
The Infosim StableNet NPM platform has been around since 2003. The company initially focused on telecommunications providers, but subsequently released an enterprise version. Both products are highly flexible in terms of deployment and offer a fully unified product that consists of monitoring, fault and root cause analysis, performance optimization and reporting tools.
Infosim StableNet can be run as a virtual machine or as a physical appliance. There are three primary components of the StableNet platform. The StableNet server handles the bulk of the processing duties and manages the separate back-end Oracle or SQL database. StableNet agents are servers that handle the network polling, data collection and other network measurements. This collected data is then sent to the database and server for analytics processing. The StableNet GUI is the third component. It allows administrators to configure and manage the entire platform. A web-based GUI and an iPhone app for management are also available. Splitting the StableNet platform onto separate servers creates a highly scalable and responsive option that can scale up to 100,000 measurements per deployment, if the recommended server requirements are used. The specific StableNet products for purchase are:
StableNet Telco: StableNet Telco can be implemented in almost any environment, depending on customer need. Advanced, telco-specific tools can monitor and provide performance information for technologies, such as IPTV, Metro Ethernet and multi-tenant virtual routing and forwarding.
StableNet Enterprise: Just like the StableNet Telco product, StableNet Enterprise also can be deployed on Windows or Linux servers, or as a dedicated hardware appliance. The Enterprise product is identical to Telco, except it focuses more on enterprise network and application fault and performance monitoring.
StableNet Embedded Agent (SNEA): This includes embedded agent hardware that can easily be deployed in a distributed manner throughout a network. SNEA provides the same capabilities of the standard StableNet agent, but with the ability to collect more accurate measurements throughout a large, geographically dispersed network.
Pricing and support
StableNet licensing is a bit different from comparable NPM products. Instead of charging on a per-device or per-interface basis, as is common with other vendors, StableNet uses a per-measurement licensing model. As a result, the price will vary greatly, depending on the number of measurements collected on a single device. This type of flexible licensing model proves to be more cost-effective the larger the network becomes. Infosim StableNet products can be purchased through authorized resellers.
Infosim offers standard and enhanced support models -- the primary difference being enhanced support customers get off-hours phone and email support. Additionally, the company provides integration and deployment services, as well as post-deployment training, so staff can learn how to properly manage the StableNet platform once it goes into production.
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