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TMCnet Network Packet Broker Week in Review

TMCnet Network Packet Broker Week in Review

October 27, 2012

Network packet brokers (NPBS) are a vital element in protecting an enterprise’s network from becoming overburdened or infiltrated by cyber attackers. This solution is so important in fact that it can be the one thing that enables IT departments to increase visibility into each and every action currently taking place within an infrastructure, allowing them to nip a small problem in the bud before it becomes a major issue.


This week in the rapidly growing industry, probably the most notable provider of network packet brokers out there, VSS Monitoring (News - Alert) unveiled a robust offering for SSL inspection. Touted as significantly improving visibility into encrypted communications across LAN, WAN and cloud boundaries, it is powered by Intel’s (News - Alert) Xeon processors and includes Netronome’s flow processors and SSL inspection software.

 This new SSL inspection solution can eliminates many obstacles via offering innovative line rate functionality for countless flows on 1/10 gigabit Ethernet links, in addition to providing an unparalleled level of both inbound and outbound SSL inspection support for an array of network communications.

“We are pleased to see VSS Monitoring offer a solution that tackles threats hidden inside encrypted communications,” said Ed Barry, vice president of the Security Innovation Alliance, McAfee (News - Alert), in a statement. “VSS Monitoring’s network packet brokers with SSL inspection can benefit our mutual customers with greater protection, improved compliance and higher performance.”

In other news, Blue Coat (News - Alert) a company knows for its suite of Web security and WAN optimization solutions, recently was highlighted as a Champion for WAN Optimization and was awarded the Trend Setter award from the Info-Tech Research Group.

Recognized for its continuously expanding market presence and for helping to revolutionize the industry, without a network packet broker in place it is unlikely Blue Coat's video products would be able to function efficiently.

"Info-Tech's recognition of our technology excellence is a validation that our vision and product direction are well aligned to new market requirements and ideally suited to help customers address them," according to Steve Daheb, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Blue Coat.

Closing out the week, Sycamore Networks (News - Alert) broke the news that it would be selling a large part of its intelligent bandwidth management business to a subsidiary of Marlin Equity Partners. While the agreement states that Marlin Equity Partners will pay $18.75 million to acquire this segment of the organization, currently it is subject to certain adjustments made by Marlin.

 Who wouldn’t want access to Sycamore's bandwidth management properties as they are guaranteed to improve mobile data growth while simultaneously decreasing network bottlenecks typically caused by video and other demanding media applications? If I was a business owner, I know that I surely would!

Be sure to check back next week to see the latest and greatest in network packet broker news!



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