Yesterday was the first Monday in September, a day set aside since the 1880s as Labor Day. As the unofficial last day of summer before kids go back to school, it’s a day of rest, and a time to reflect. With the recent closing of WildPackets’ Minnesota office, I felt that need to reflect.
WildPackets was formed back in 2000 after AG Group acquired a training company, Optimized Engineering, and my former company, Net3 Group. Net3 Group was the genesis of the wonderful expert system and the incredible peer map (have you tried it lately?) that you see in today’s OmniPeek. They debuted in NetSense--the first post-capture expert system of its kind that analyzed packet captures from some eighteen different protocol analyzers.
Yikes, how many of those eighteen analyzers remain today? Indeed, much has changed in just seven short years. Wireshark has captured (no pun intended) the fundamental packet capture and decode market. The surviving major value-add players are the likes of Fluke Networks, Network General, Network Instruments, Agilent, and of course, WildPackets. We're down to five from eighteen. Perhaps throw in AirMagnet or Niksun for six. However, these and other players seem to focus more on niche markets like wireless security or forensics. But I digress.
A major milestone for WildPackets after the acquistion was the release of EtherPeek NX and AiroPeek NX, bringing NetSense technology into real-time packet analysis and propelling WildPackets to the next growth level. I’m really proud of that accomplishment because I was able to conceive, design, and actually write the code.
As I moved from VP to CTO within WildPackets, my role shifted to competitive analysis, speaking, writing, customer facing, tradeshows, on-site training, etc. In spite of all that, I continued doing what I loved best--driving the expert system in emerging areas of application performance, VoIP, and wireless.
Meanwhile, I’m taking a short leave of absence to reflect, listen, and see what’s out there. This blog will continue with comments, opinions, and tips pertaining to all things network analysis and troubleshooting – my passion for the past 25 years.