Brief history

Chesapeake was started in February, 1990. It grew through a business of providing consulting assistance to, and training people, on Cisco Systems products. Chesapeake changed its corporate name to Mentor Technologies Group, Inc. about 1998, which is when it started developing the vLab remote access training technology. The founder left the company in February, 2000. The company's management grew the firm to about 425 people by the summer of 2000. The internet technology bubble burst and the company began a series of layoffs.

The company went bankrupt in October, 2001, after being unable to raise additional venture capital to continue operations. All assets have been sold as of March, 2002. The proceeds of the sale will be distributed to creditors (don't know when).

The original company name, URL, logo, "The Network Monitor" (a quarterly publication), and associated rights were purchased at the bankruptcy auction. This web site is here to provide links to organizations searching for a source of some of the services provided by Chesapeake.

Training and Consulting Services

After the collapse, a group of exceptional consultants and Chesapeake's founder teamed together to start Chesapeake Netcraftsmen, LLC. The new company provides consulting and custom training to companies needing assistance and education on the use of Cisco Systems products in their corporate networks. If you are a former student of the well-known Chesapeake instructors, or are looking for some of the best Cisco consultants and instructors in the country, contact Netcraftsmen at (note the .net domain) or via email to 'info' at (please excuse the spam-resistant email syntax).

CCIE Preparation training

If you're looking for CCIE preparation training, Bruce Caslow and Val Pavlichenko have started a company to provide enhanced versions of the ECP1 and ECP2 classes. Their company is NetMaster Class ( They have an excellent reputation for preparing people for the CCIE written and hands-on exam.


Chesapeake created and maintained several java-based network tools. Thanks to numerous people on the net, we've been able to recover the tools. They are on the Netcordia web site.

The Network Monitor

We've located copies of articles published in The Network Monitor. They are available at