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Cisco's NAPA to See Through Networks

Cisco Systems next week will introduce new network management tools to help users monitor enterprise voice, multimedia and data applications.

The San Jose, Calif., equipment vendor's Network Application Performance Analysts (NAPA) offering will hit Tuesday and consist of analysis software, appliances and customer support services.

With NAPA, IT managers can react to high-priority application performance problems, as well as plan for changing network requirements.

For example, companies that are considering rolling out Voice over IP can see if their network is ready for the extra traffic and determine how other applications would be impacted.

"With growing intelligence in the network, IT managers will need progressively more tools and services that capture increasing levels of visibility, as well as proactively plan and prevent network issues before they occur," Cliff Meltzer, senior vice president of the Cisco Network Management Technology Group, said in a statement.

An industry analyst briefed on NAPA agreed.

"IT operations managers and network managers need to be better aligned as they migrate to a more service-oriented architecture," Zeus Kerravala, a vice president at the Yankee Group, said in a statement. "The Cisco NAPA solution integrates products and services into a single intelligent solution helps customers better communicate within the IT organization."

Most of the products and support services in the Cisco NAPA solution are available now. Others will be available by March.