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Pittsburgh startup NetBeez monitors networks in real time

The enterprise networks that healthcare organizations, university campuses and big retailers rely upon are complex and notoriously difficult to build, operate, monitor and troubleshoot.

Pittsburgh's NetBeez has developed a network-monitoring tool that tests and validates enterprise networks from an end-user perspective. The company uses small and low-cost sensors to verify that users can connect to the network and have good performance from the applications. Data is collected in real-time. When a problem occurs in the network, it is immediately detected and reported to the network support group so it can be corrected before users have to call the help desk.

Stefano Gridelli, Panickos Neophytou and Panos Vouzis founded the company in 2013 at Innovation Works' AlphaLab incubator. Neophytou is credited as the main developer of the central server that provides the "swarm intelligence" of the system. Vouzis developed the network sensors -- called BEEZ -- that collect and process network and application performance.

"The solution can be deployed in any network environment: from small remote offices to large corporate locations, from data centers to cloud environments," explains Gridelli. "The development team puts considerable effort into making the solution easy to use and deploy so our customers can start monitoring with NetBeez from day one, without requiring too much effort, skill or training for its adoption."

NetBeez recently released new wireless monitoring agents -- "a killer product that is [generating] strong demand from universities and from retail customers," says Gridelli -- and will be showcasing its wares next month at Interop Las Vegas, a mega IT industry event. 

Since its founding, NetBeez has received funding from Carnegie Mellon University’s Open Field Entrepreneurs Fund, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and Innovation Works via the Technology Commercialization Initiative.

"Without their support and the ecosystem that is taking place in Pittsburgh, it would have been almost impossible for the founding team to [achieve] such accomplishment in two years only," insists Gridelli.
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