The arrival in the UK of the VitalSigns networking power tools is a hot topic at Networks-telecom 98 this week. Used by companies running large networks, like Dell and 3Com for example, the VitalSuite of products enable IT staff to monitor and improve network and application performance and availability in real time. VitalSigns says ,"In the US, organisations such as Oracle, PeopleSoft, SAP, Lotus, Hewlett-Packard and Tivoli have already negotiated strategic partnerships with VitalSigns to integrate their products with VitalSuite. Similar discussions are currently taking place in Europe". Spokesperson Annabelle Brown could not confirm who VS are talking to in Europe, but did say that the product would ship in the UK 'in the next two weeks'. A full report will follow from IT Week's Roger Howorth.