Seven secret weapons for network management on a budget

Cisco Subnet blogger Scott Hogg names his favorite free open source tools to keep your network humming.

Whenever users are blaming the network for an application's performance issues you may need to exonerate the network with an application performance tool like JMeter. JMeter is a simple Java application that can perform load tests on a wide variety of Web-based applications, FTP, and other protocol traffic. JMeter can be configured for multiple threads and can really generate a lot of traffic and help you determine how many connections per second your systems are capable of serving.

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