Finisar Corporation
Dec 3, 2003
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Finisar Announces "NetWisdom" and Supporting Products for the Performance Monitoring of Enterprise Storage Area and Local Area Networks (SANs & LANs)

SUNNYVALE, CA, Dec. 03, 2003 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX) -- Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR), a leading provider of network solutions, announced today the introduction of four new major products aimed at enhancing the performance of Enterprise SANs and LANs. The products include NetWisdom Version 1.1, the Industry's First Detailed Performance Monitoring Application for both Fibre Channel SANs & Ethernet LANs, Surveyor Version 5.5 for Enterprise LAN Network Analysis & Management, Xgig Tap for 10Gigabit Networks, and Distributed Tap Manager (DTM) Software for Remote Roving of Taps in the Network. The detail gathered from these products is crucial for maintaining network uptime, staving off unexpected delays, reducing costs and avoiding loss of revenue on mission critical applications.

NetWisdom -- Performance Solutions for SANs and LANs

NetWisdom Version 1.1 is a real-time monitoring solution that enables both SAN and LAN managers to view critical data about their networks (Fibre Channel SAN or Ethernet-based LAN/MAN) and increase performance and reliability. NetWisdom provides a graphical user interface and reporting capabilities to facilitate trend analysis for performance tuning and capacity planning. By gathering and reporting on detailed statistics within the network, NetWisdom pinpoints complex latency issues that impact service level agreements (SLAs). By maximizing dependability of the network, costly downtime can be eliminated and the unnecessary purchase of additional network equipment or services minimized, leading to a superior return on investment.

"It is great to see Finisar take the next step in providing leading tools to monitor and analyze their SAN or LAN for performance and for potential or current problems," says Joe Gillaspy, President Gillaspy and Associates. "NetWisdom gives anyone in-depth diagnostics of their network within seconds, and enables Gillaspy Associates to provide its customers with even better products and services."

Unique Enterprise SAN Performance Solutions-

Finisar's NetWisdom is unique in the Enterprise SAN because it monitors "storage I/O centric" SCSI transactions at the individual Initiator/target level, enabling full monitoring and analysis of end-device health and performance. It provides a single correlated view of overall network traffic for easier SAN management & monitoring, and minimizes down-time through early detection of recovered errors. NetWisdom provides drastically different detail from SAN statistics coming from a switch. Switch data is aggregated statistical data, whereas NetWisdom measures true end-to-end conversations to accurately measure latency. Adding to NetWisdom's uniqueness is its hardware vendor independence, therefore giving a completely objective view of network throughput. With NetWisdom, SAN Managers are now able to accurately measure their entire SAN utilization & track service levels in real time.

"Finisar's NetWisdom offers SAN Managers unique insight into their SAN performance monitoring and overall network health. It provides a level of detail currently not seen by existing Storage Resource Management and SAN Management product offerings. This detailed data is crucial for maintaining optimum network performance," says Harry Aine, President, SAN Solutions.

-- Network LAN Solutions In the LAN, NetWisdom works in conjunction with Finisar's award-winning LAN Network Analysis platform -- Surveyor/THG -- now upgraded to Version 5.5. NetWisdom's added reporting capabilities provide powerful tools for Network Administrators with complex worldwide networks. Surveyor Version 5.5 also adds enhanced security, improved system management and the ability to convert a capture to TCP dump format -- a feature used by Snort, the Open Source Network Intrusion Detection System. -- Network SAN Solutions In the SAN, NetWisdom works in conjunction with Finisar's Xgig Analyzer platform and our Expert knowledge-based diagnosis system for Fibre Channel and multi-protocol (iSCSI, FCIP, etc.) SANs. NetWisdom monitors all of the data within the SAN, and then Xgig is employed to perform root cause analysis. Xgig's Expert system diagnoses errors and pending exchanges with an easy to understand library of possible causes and detailed explanations. -- Network Tap Solutions Finisar Network Taps are used by networking professionals for both detailed network analysis and Intrusion Detection. Taps non-intrusively take a copy of the data from the network for off-line analysis. Finisar's new Xgig Tap, provides tapping solutions for 10 Gigabit Networks (both Ethernet and Fibre Channel). Distributed Tap Manager (DTM) Software is shareware software enabling remote access of taps in the network from one software console.

"The introduction of NetWisdom into our product line defines Finisar as one of the premier providers of network monitoring and analysis tools," said Kevin Cornell, Sr. Vice President, General Manager Network Tools Division, Finisar. "With NetWisdom, users can ensure the health and reliability of their networks by finding problems and bottlenecks that other enterprise monitoring products currently miss. With NetWisdom, unplanned downtime will be minimized and the payback on the network greatly improved."

To Learn More about NetWisdom

Finisar is currently offering web-based seminars on the new NetWisdom product every Tuesday and Thursday at 11AM PST, 2PM EST. For more information and to register for the next web-based event, please go to: http://www.finisar.com/registration.

Pricing and Availability

Finisar's NetWisdom, Surveyor 5.5 and Xgig Tap are available now. Distributed Tap Manager Software is available at no charge at www.finisar.com/download For more detailed information and product configurations please contact Finisar at (U.S. Toll Free) 888 746 6484, International 408 400 1000 or see us on the Internet at http://www.finisar.com/netwisdom.

About Finisar

Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) is a technology leader for fiber optic subsystems and network test and monitoring systems. These products enable high-speed data communications for networking and storage applications over Gigabit Ethernet Local Area Networks (LANs), Fibre Channel Storage Area Networks (SANs), and Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs) using Fibre Channel, IP and SONET/SDH protocols. The Company's headquarters is in Sunnyvale, California, USA. www.finisar.com.

Editorial Contacts: Terry Hunt Finisar Ph. 408-400-1008 terry.hunt@finisar.com Investor Relations: Shelby Palmer Finisar Ph. 408-542-5050 shelby.palmer@finisar.com

SOURCE: Finisar Corporation



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