NetAlly becomes independent entity
After bouncing from one company to another for more than a decade, and most recently being part of NetScout, the handheld network testing vendor, now called NetAlly, has gone out on its own.
The Lowdown: As part of the new company launch, NetAlly also is announcing Wi-Fi 6 support for its AirCheck G2 wireless tester and updates to its Link-Live cloud platform.
NetAlly arrives with a trove of products developed over the years, including the LinkSprinter Pocket Network Tester and LinkRunner Network Auto-Tester devices for wired networks, AirCheck G2 Wireless Tester for Wi-Fi networks, and AirMagnet Wi-Fi Analyzer and Planner software solutions for mobile environments. Link-Live is a centralized cloud portal that manages data and results from network tests run by the handheld devices.
The Details: The company is rolling out version 4.0 of the software for AirCheck, which includes visibility into emerging Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) networks for installation, validation, and troubleshooting, and enables AirCheck G2 to integrate with the Link-Live enhancements.
The improved Link-Live service offers new features around data analysis and sharing, enabling network engineers to better coordinate field testing and verification. New WiFi and iPerf analysis capabilities mean organizations can analyze a broader set of data uploaded into the cloud service and can drill down into the data instantly. A new Link-Live API enables data to be pulled into an enterprise’s network management database or trouble-ticket system for improved data sharing and collaboration.
The Impact: NetAlly sources said the company is 100% channel-driven, relying completely on global resellers and distributors to get their products to customers. Customers can contact NetAlly immediately for information on partners.
Background: NetAlly took a circuitous route to becoming a stand-alone company. It originally was part of Fluke Networks, which was bought by Danaher Corp. in 1998. NetScout inherited the network testing business in 2014 when it bought Danaher’s testing and communications business in 2014 for $2.6 billion. About a year ago, NetScout officials announced it was divesting the handheld network test business to StoneCalibre, a private equity company.
The Buzz: “We’re dedicated to simplifying the complexities of network testing, providing instant visibility for efficient problem resolution, and enabling seamless collaboration between site personnel and remote experts,” NetAlly CEO Mike Parrottino said. “Our testing technology has a rich DNA, and we’re excited to build on that heritage to deliver testing customers can trust from a new ally.”
“I’m excited by the new NetAlly brand, and know their team is dedicated to delivering innovative new features and technologies,” said Mike Pennacchi, president and owner of Network Protocol Specialists, a network consulting company. “The new data analysis and sharing features are a perfect example of that innovation. This helps engineers better manage, analyze, and share the test data, validating networks faster and solving problems more quickly.”