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Dateline 14 Oct 2003 – Today sees the launch of the first independent Storage Area Network (SAN) operational management solution. To be known as NetWisdom™, the new solution is set to provide ICT managers with a central consol through which network operations can be managed on a daily basis. When issues of performance are identified, they can be quickly analysed and decisions based on causes, not symptoms, implemented.

Through a number of network monitoring points, known as Test Access Points (TAPs) located at strategic points throughout a SAN, NetWisdom monitors a number of defined processes, such as storage response times or transaction completion times. Performance level alarms for each TAP are set to alert management at the earliest opportunity to potential problems. A NetWisdom display station provides the user with a central management console, through which various levels of operational detail may be accessed. Comprehensive management software is provided with NetWisdom, that performs statistical analysis, generates alarms and records storage centric statistics for play-back.

GCH Managing Director, Neil Collier believes that as networks become more complex and their level of efficiency tied to overall corporate performance, the need for unbiased Network Operational Management, such as that provided by NetWisdom, is fast becomes a critical factor. He comments: ” The symptoms of performance problems are only too apparent. It takes forever to retrieve or backup data; email downloads are tediously slow; the printing queue grows longer and longer. But treating the symptoms with faster components or software upgrades won’t solve the cause – in some cases, it can make matters worse.

“As of today, most storage networks are grossly inefficient, running well below their optimum level of performance. NetWisdom is the only way a users can get a true picture of how their SANs are performing and where the real operational problems are”.

The NetWisdom™ solution is provided on a monthly fee basis that covers the initial consultation, installation and training costs too. A minimum monthly cost of £450 provides for 1 x 8 port Tap with the associated hardware probes, a central consol with portal and viewing software. The complete solution is provided free of charge for the first three months to allow for setting up and user familiarisation. NetWisdom support and maintenance is included within the monthly fee.

NetWisdom may also be purchased.

Notes for Editors

Separate press releases are also issued covering each product release in greater detail.

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.

GCH Test and Computer Services Limited was formed in 1993 and is today a leading authority in SAN operational and performance management. The company tailors solutions to fit individual customer requirements, providing design, implementation, support and training services. Its success to date can be judged by its customer base, which includes such names as Reuters, BT, Nationwide and City Group. Its expertise is similarly underlined by IT supplier customers such as IBM, Hitachi and Intel.

GCH It is a specialist distributor for the supply of Finisar SAN performance tools and a member the Storage Networking Industry Association Europe (SNIAE).

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GCH Contact:

Laky Hothi, Sales & Marketing Director

GCH Test & Computer Services Ltd

GCH House, Progress Business Centre

5 Whittle Parkway, Slough, SL1 6DQ

Tel: 01628 559980

Mobile: 07870 692974


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