Network Packet Broker Week in Review
September 14, 2013
In addition to some upgraded hardware unveiling this past week, the Network Packet Broker community saw new partnership deals and strategic collaborations between key players in the space.
A network packet broker (NPB) gathers and aggregates network traffic from switch SPAN ports or network TAPs and then manipulates that traffic, or copies of that traffic, to enable the more efficient use of network security and performance tools, both inline and/or passive, reported TMC’s executive editor Paula Bernier. She writes that network operators can look to network packet broker technology to fit into the software-defined networking (SDN) schema if and when that's.
Likewise, Network Packet Broker contributor Carolyn J. Dawson reported that APCON has unveiled a 36-port packet aggregator blade, featuring extremely accurate capacity time stamping. The unique 36-port 1G/10G INTELLAFLEX time stamping & packet slicing blade delivers the normal feature portfolio of APCON’s INTELLAFLEX suite of smart network tracking products along with packet time stamping and packet slicing.
As per the report, the blade offers sensitive timing accuracy, making it perfect for the financial industry service provider that needs to corroborate compliance with service level agreements. In addition, it also delivers total packet aggregation, data rate conversion, port tagging, load-balancing and packet-filtering capabilities on all the 36 ports.
In other news, Dawson reports that CentraComm has accepted the invitation to join the prestigious Riverbed Authorized Support Partner Program, or RASP. The RASP program currently only has 12 certified associates, including CentraComm, across the U.S. As an authorized associate, CentraComm will be able to offer CentraComm recognized Level 1 and Level 2 support solutions with an aim to help enterprise clients utilize the complete benefits of Riverbed Technology application performance solutions.
Meanwhile, to help users manage large-scale client projects, Index Engines has upgraded hardware and multi-node configurations, reported Network Packet Broker contributor Raju Shanbhag. According to his report, Index Engines provides safe web-based cloud hosting that enables communication during culling, management and review of electronically stored information.
Finally, Network Packet Broker contributing writer Christopher Mohr reported that Yatanarpon Teleport and Epsilon Global Networks have entered into an arrangement that will provide data access for businesses in Myanmar. The partnership is part of a trend of reforms in a country that for much of the past 50 years had been ruled by a military junta and was the second-most isolated country next to North Korea.
According to the Washington Post, recent data suggests that the percentage of people having access to a mobile phone in that country may be as high as 9 percent. By 2016, the Myanmar government hopes that the percentage will reach 75 percent. In September 2012, it had announced a plan to privatize telecommunications.
Check back next week for more industry developments in the Network Packet Broker space.