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Storage management software
SILVER: Finisar NetWisdom Enterprise
Finisar's NetWisdom Enterprise monitors individual ports in an FC SAN at the IO transaction packet level, giving storage admins insight into application latency and bandwidth consumption.
Our judges unanimously agree that the product delivers a valuable benefit for certain SAN administrators. "A nice Fibre Channel SAN performance monitoring tool," says one. "Mostly of value to large, complex SAN environments," points out another, who likes that "as an agentless solution, NetWisdom Enterprise is easy to deploy."
Pricing for a software-only version, called NetWisdom Express, starts at $12,995. The full enterprise suite, which includes 4Gb FC probes and NetWisdom software,
| starts at less than $25,000. Where the judges disagree was on how firms would view the product's price. One judge says the product's "visibility into the fabric is valuable and currently not available at such a low entry price." Another disagrees: "For enterprises that really need to know what is going on in their SAN, the tool is indispensable, but pricey."
This was first published in February 2008