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WebSniffer is Early Warning System for Webmasters

Network Associates announced WebSniffer, a product that integrates network protocol and system resource information to provide an early-warning system for preventing web site problems.

When performance falls off, WebSniffer knows--and tells.

Raphael Reich, product marketing manager at Network Associates' Total Network Visibility division, said: "When a customer can't connect to your Web site, they are left with a negative impression. WebSniffer acts as an early warning system, allowing Webmasters to identify, understand and solve problems that can impact Web service quality, protecting the company's Web site investment."

"With WebSniffer, webmasters spend less time finding and solving Web site performance problems, and have increased visibility into the root causes," continued Reich.

The components of WebSniffer include: Agents that gather network protocol and server statistics; a Repository that acts as the central database, correlating and analyzing statistics from up to ten Agents; and the WebSniffer Information Center that displays all the relevant information in browser-based Java interface, including recommendations for solving the problems.

WebSniffer will ship in the first quarter of 1998, the first release running on Solaris 2.5.x and 2.6.x, with a later release for Windows NT. Pricing starts at $1,000 per server and drops to $500 per server depending on how many servers need to be managed.

Note: The vendor, Network Associates, was formed by the merger of McAfee Associates and Network General.