Aiming to help cloud and data centers identify problems before affecting end users, cPacket (News - Alert) Networks has launched a new network performance and monitoring platform, The new cPacket platform, which is called SPIFEE (Stream & Packet Inspection Front End Environment). SPIFEE is designed to provide a streamlined approach to the improvement cycle of network operations, optimization and trouble shooting by constantly monitoring the network.
The monitoring solution includes new cPacket Search technology, which makes it possible to “grep” the entire network in real-time and find relevant traffic patterns, performance bottlenecks and applications misbehavior. The London-based company’s grep technology performs real-time distributed search across the entire data center network to isolate suspected traffic profiles according to any combination of header fields and payload content. Company officials compare the technology to Google (News - Alert) Search, which finds relevant information from anywhere in the Web based on text strings.
Typically, network professionals have had to invest a lot of time and effort in storing large amounts of traffic on disk, and then trying to post-process that data to analyze network performance and applications problems, according to Rony Kay, founder and CEO of cPacket.
“This is both very costly and doesn’t scale to the massive amounts of traffic in today’s network environments,” Kay explained in a statement. “Moreover, too much time and too many resources are spent collecting unusable data, instead of analyzing and solving actual problems. Our goal is to enable network professionals to surgically search and find what they need instantly.”
The company touted several capabilities of SPIFEE, including the following:
Real-time grep for any specific traffic, anywhere in the network, according to any combination of header fields and patterns in the packets payload content, providing instantly ranked results.
Interactive visual mapping and dashboards of all the smart ports from the cPacket cVu devices across the network, including access for filtering, forwarding, aggregating, replicating, balancing, and archiving granular performance and health metrics.
Analysis of network performance, application’s behavior and trends, which can be viewed with a performance gadget and combined with proactive alerts based on thresholds, ratios and events.
Combined with the real-time network grep function, SPIFEE allows instant drill down into any relevant information that is needed to solve problems.
“Unfortunately, in today’s environment, network operators spend the vast majority of their time trying to locate relevant information, or sifting through vast amount of unusable data, when they look for network problems,” said Kay. “Instead, it would be more efficient to invest that time analyzing and solving actual problems.”
In related news, Amazon Web Services (News - Alert) (AWS) has created High Memory Cluster, a new Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), designed specifically for memory-intensive applications, TMCnet reported.
High Memory Cluster instances are ideal for applications that require a large amount of memory on a single instance, or require taking advantage of distributed memory architectures.
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Edited by Brooke Neuman