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Recently, I made the decision to discontinue development and distribution of our popular LanHound packet sniffer and transition customers to the good folks over at Network Instruments, makers of the award-winning Observer protocol analyzer.   This is part of our effort to continue our razor-sharp focus on our security product line, moving out of the system management business.   It was not an easy decision, as LanHound was one of the first products I worked on here and there are some fond memories.  But it was the best decision for our customers. 

The deal for LanHound customers is really good: All LanHound customers are eligible for a fully-functional software license for Network Instruments Observer and three licenses for the Network Instruments Advanced Single Probe for every LanHound license owned and currently under maintenance.  Of course, all existing LanHound maintenance support agreements will be honored.

Observer is a great product, providing our customers all of the functionality of LanHound with an easy-to-use interface, as well as greater reporting and analysis capabilities.  In addition to all of the features and functionality of LanHound, Observer provides an immediate and more in-depth view of network performance and activities through real-time reporting of performance statistics, traffic, and voice and video communications. Best of all, the Network Instruments family of solutions scales to meet customer network management needs.

If you’re a LanHound customer, you can visit the special site setup here:  Press release .

Alex Eckelberry