It was inevitable. NAI dumps Sniffer and changes its name to McAfee. Well that's the plan come July 1, 2004. Then, the "Sniffer unit" which was sold to Silver Lake Partners for a bargain basement $275 million, becomes a new company with an old name, Network General.
Us "old-timers" remember the Network General of old, with Harry Saal, Len Shustek, et. el. I'm one of the guys that cut my teeth on the then innovative "DOS-based Token Ring analyzer with expert system in a Compaq hernia-generating luggable." I recall consulting for NetG about the time they were ramping up for Ethernet - found a few bugs & helped optimize the Intel Ethernet chip for packet capture.
A lot has changed since then including new players and innovations. Poor Sniffer went through the wringer - first with the acquistion of Network General by then and soon to be again, McAfee, then a GUI was slapped on courtesy of another acquistion, Cinco, and life has never been the same since.
Which brings us to the present. Apparently, Sniffer was the only business unit “not related to security” that did not meet profit and growth expectations of NAI. Thus, the sell off and disruption of some 450 employees.
The "new" Network General? We've got those up and coming young engineers using protocol analyzers asking "Network Who"?