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If you're a performance fanatic like me, you'll want to take a look at Ganymede Software Inc.'s Chariot, which measures the performance of network devices. Unlike many network monitoring products that passively monitor network traffic to identify performance problems, Chariot uses real machines and protocol stacks to create the active traffic you know is causing a problem.
Chariot is ideal for administrators of large corporate networks who want to tune and regression-test their networks after performing maintenance changes.
On the surface, Chariot's price may appear cost-prohibitive. But when you consider the cost of specialized hardware traffic generators and software traffic-modeling products, Chariot can pay for itself very quickly. In addition, Version 1.1 is complementary to passive monitoring tools (such as RMON) and third-party benchmarks.
Version 1.1 is the company's first installment in a planned suite of network optimization tools to later include monitoring and tuning pieces.