cPacket Embraces Data Analytics to Augment its 40G Deployments

By CIOReview | Thursday, February 18, 2016
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FREMONT, CA: cPacket’s extensive next-generation network monitoring solutions has been making waves in the market today unveiled the cVu 3240NG, which delivers 32 ports of 40G line-rate performance analytics and complete packet inspection. The cVu applications are the bedrock of the cPacket's Intelligent Monitoring Fabric, which combines network visibility with packet-level troubleshooting details on-demand. The customers can proactively monitor their network for problems such as traffic spikes, bottlenecks, losses, application misbehavior, and other anomalies—before end-users are negatively impacted.

cPacket also gave a brief idea about it plans to work on gap detection, as a feature to its Intelligent Monitoring Fabric. For example, when targeted at financial services, gap detection identifies missing packets at critical market feeds for equity pricing. These gaps correlate with missing data that prevents investors from making profitable trading decisions. Historically, detecting such problems was after-the-fact (vs. real-time) and required expensive specialized tools. cPacket's integrated gap-detection feature identifies the telltale signs of imminent issues in real-time, and eliminates the expensive troubleshooting process after-the-fact. The integrated visibility allows system administrators to identify exactly where a gap occurred, and provides immediate access to "evidence" based on automatic capture of the specific packets before and after the event.

As organizations move to pervasive 40G in both the core and along the network edge, the ability to reliably monitor every link at full line rate becomes a challenge that centralized monitoring architectures cannot handle. Built around legacy bottleneck-by-design architecture for after-the-fact analysis (including first-generation performance monitoring, packet aggregation and log management solutions), these tools lack real-time capabilities and rely on metrics that are not correlated with the actual application's behavior.

The work on next generation Architecture has been made possible by cPacket's patented Algorithmic Fabric Chip, which performs distributed analysis directly at the wire. Additionally, cPacket's cSTOR Forensic Storage arrays archive packet traffic to allow administrators to retrieve data and conduct forensic investigations. The SPIFEE dashboard is the portal to multiple distributed cVu and cStor appliances, and allows visualization, correlation, and drill-down.