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VMblog's Expert Interviews: SolarWinds Discusses Its Latest Free Tool - Traceroute NG

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SolarWinds recently unveiled an updated version of an old, yet faithful tool, traceroute.  SolarWinds Traceroute NG is a free network diagnostic tool that effectively maps hop-by-hop performance across modern, hybrid networks and through firewalls.  To better understand the how and why, I reached out to Denny LeCompte, the company's Senior Vice President of Product Marketing.

VMblog:  What inspired SolarWinds to revitalize an antiquated network tool like Traceroute?

Denny LeCompte:  SolarWinds recently developed new patent-pending technology offering real-time, multi-path network analysis and troubleshooting to their Network Performance Monitor product via the NetPath feature. SolarWinds engineers then realized that they could use the same NetPath feature technology to fix "traceroute," a popular, but obsolete free tool used extensively by network and system administrators for 30 years. The original traceroute became progressively outdated because of modern security practices. SolarWinds leveraged its cutting-edge NetPath technology within Traceroute NG to deliver next-generation traceroute diagnostics that are fully functional for modern networks and security architectures, empowering customers to troubleshoot network issues with fast, accurate network path analysis. 

VMblog:  What unfulfilled needs will the reintroduction of this tool meet?

LeCompte:  SolarWinds Traceroute NG, first and foremost, offers a fixed and now fully functional version of traceroute that delivers accurate network path analysis. Users can switch between TCP and ICMP probing methods, which expedite the path analysis process and deliver more accurate and reliable results that users can trust. Since Traceroute NG is continuously probing the network, users are given up-to-the-second updates that ensure the most recent and reliable network paths available.

VMblog:  Why is SolarWinds offering Traceroute NG free of charge?

LeCompte:  Since the founding of the company, SolarWinds' free tools have played an important role in introducing IT professionals around the world to the unique power and user-friendliness of their solutions. While SolarWinds' paid products help IT professionals solve the major challenges of managing IT infrastructure, SolarWinds also realizes that users face many smaller issues and tasks throughout their day. SolarWinds' free tools help IT professionals manage those small tasks, making their day-to-day work easier and more effective. SolarWinds Traceroute NG is no different, in the sense that it's an effective tool that IT professionals will need and appreciate, especially since the previous versions of traceroute have not been able to adjust to modern security practices.


Download your free copy of SolarWinds Traceroute NG.

Denny LeCompte, Senior Vice President of Product Marketing, SolarWinds

Denny LeCompte has been SolarWinds' Senior Vice President of Product Marketing since March 2018. He served as SolarWinds' Senior Product Manager since August 2006, assuming the title and responsibilities of Director of Product Management in February 2009, Vice President of Products in December 2010, and Senior Vice President of Product Strategy from January 2013 until March 2014. Previously, LeCompte was the Chief Product Officer for SpareFoot, from May 2014 until May 2016 and the Senior Vice President of Products at AlienVault, from June 2016 until December 2017. LeCompte has a proven success record in product strategy and revenue growth, leading product management, product marketing, and UX teams, as well as a wide variety of experience in M&A, product marketing, web strategy, user experience, and web operations. LeCompte holds a Ph.D. from Rice University and a B.S. from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Published Thursday, March 29, 2018 7:34 AM by David Marshall
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