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Compuware tool monitors IM traffic

Compuware is releasing the next version of its NetworkVantage management software, which can be used to monitor traffic that flows through an organisation's wide area network (WAN).

The software gauges network traffic derived from the use of instant messaging applications as well as online file-sharing services, two applications that are blamed for hogging valuable bandwidth.

"With NetworkVantage, you can tell where your traffic is going, how much of it comes from each application, what percentage of your WAN it is taking up, who your users are," said Lloyd Bloom, product manager for NetworkVantage .

NetworkVantage reports on traffic from instant messaging software vendors including AOL, Microsoft, Yahoo! and IBM, as well as traffic moved over the Internet by file-swapping service Kazaa. It can be tuned to track other file-sharing services.

Instant messaging and file-swapping are just two of more than 2,000 applications and protocols that can be monitored using NetworkVantage. It can also be used to monitor enterprise applications such as those from SAP and Oracle, as well as to gather data used to analyse security breaches, the company said.

NetworkVantage is available for Windows XP Professional in addition to Windows 2000 and NT. Pricing starts at $26,500 (£17,000).

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