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Dirksen and I talked about Procera's DPI technology and ate Thai food.

Lunch With... Procera's James Dirksen

Mitch Wagner
8/8/2014
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I met with James Dirksen, VP business development, Procera Networks, over Thai food to discuss the company's DPI software, and get some hot sauce tips. (Or was I meant to get some hot source tips? Hmmm...)

The Technology
Procera Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: PKT) makes PacketLogic deep packet inspection software to help carriers improve customer experience. The company's software runs on commodity, off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware, such as Dell Inc. (Nasdaq: DELL) servers, and is designed to help mobile carriers and cable providers manage quality of service. Competitors include Allot Communications Ltd. (Nasdaq: ALLT) and Sandvine Inc. (London: SAND; Toronto: SVC)

PacketLogic accounts for more than 90% of Procera's business. Dirksen is responsible for the Network Application Visibility Library (NAVL), a software library that other vendors can integrate to gain DPI capabilities. For example, a firewall might include NAVL to control network traffic not just based on ports but also on apps. Vendors and carriers can also run NAVL remotely.

One NAVL customer is Aerohive Networks Inc. , which provides campus wireless access points and uses DPI to monitor congestion. NAVL generates about 7%-10% of the company's sales.

Dirksen joined Procera in January. Previously he worked on OEM deals for Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) It was a similar job to the one he's doing with Procera, working with partners to embed Symantec software in other products.


Light Reading's packet inspection/traffic management channel isn't too spicy or too mild -- it's just right.


Are NAVL and PacketLogic examples of NFV? It sounds similar -- offering software capabilities previously available as hardware appliances. "We are in the middle of getting ahead of that," Dirksen says. PacketLogic has been released as an NFV product, in customer trials. NAVL also has NFV customers, but Dirksen says he'd like to see more testing and certification.

The Restaurant
The restaurant I suggested, Spices Thai Cafe, turned out not to be the place I was thinking of. I was thinking of the Spice's in the Mira Mesa section of San Diego, Calif. We ended up at the Spice's a few miles away, in Del Mar. They're owned by the same people. Both restaurants are located in shopping centers in San Diego's sprawling office park region, and they're popular with the business lunch crowd. Both places are bright, airy, clean and well lit.

We each ordered the curry -- Dirksen had the green curry, I had the red. Dirksen ordered the full lunch, with a little bit of salad and a spring roll and rice and stuff. I just had a big bowl of curry with a bowl of rice.

This is Dirksen's lunch. Mine didn't look great -- just a big bowl of beige glop -- but it was delicious.
This is Dirksen's lunch. Mine didn't look great -- just a big bowl of beige glop -- but it was delicious.

We both agreed the food was delicious but we each said we ordered the wrong spiciness. I ordered 3 on a scale of 10, and wished I'd ordered a 4. He ordered the 4 and wished he'd ordered the 3.

I confessed to recently becoming addicted to Sriracha sauce. Dirksen agreed Sriracha is outstanding, and also recommended Tapatio, a popular Mexican hot sauce, along with another whose name he couldn't quite remember but he said it was from Belize. I Googled later and I think it was Marie Sharp's.

This was not my first meeting with Procera. I met with them at Interop in March. They were giving away free iPad styluses at their booth. They looked cheaply made, but they were comfortable to hold and worked well with the iPad. I loved mine. Minnie, the Light Reading West Coast Bureau Puppy, loved the stylus too. She thought it was delicious. (See Interop in Pics: Connecting Besiness Opportunition.)

More about Procera:

Look out for further gut-busting "Lunch With..." blogs in the coming weeks and months.

— Mitch Wagner, Circle me on Google+ Follow me on TwitterVisit my LinkedIn profileFollow me on Facebook, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading. Got a tip about SDN or NFV? Send it to mwagner@lightreading.com.

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Yulot
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Yulot,
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8/11/2014 | 10:57:12 AM
CEM vs. L7 only
Procera has been very successful with providing application based customer analytics. They address very well this demand / point of focus of most mobile and fixed operators.

However, what I consider the main big picture issue is most operators fail to really develop a real end-to-end strategy and define their real needs. Mainly a result of voice CEM legacy, where subscriber impacting issues are pretty binary: addressing a provisioning or transport issue is usually solving most quality problems. Data is very different.

In the fixed world, since a connection is a straight line to the end user, analysing L2/transport and provisioning issues on the link and monitoring application failures can be sufficient. However, the mobile world adds complexity in the sense that everyone is using different devices (with different potential), customer can bounce between cells, roam unknowingly between technologies (2.5G, 3G, LTE), application providers also often throttle their own traffic, etc. As a consequence, a real analysis of CEM requires visibility of all these elements and the internet on a session per session basis and in a synchronized way. To determine where the problem lays and who is accountable for it (inside or outside the company). Furthermore, the granularity of KPIs is key (most customers can create a session and it can remain open, however, they will experience slow speed, disconnects, latency, etc).

There, I believe that monitoring solely applications and trying to read signalling results to summarize CEM is pretty much a prehistoric way of managing CEM. But if you meet most operators, this is pretty much standard practice. And since it is all managed post mortem as opposed to proactively/in real time, there is no way to really connect this methodology to operational business processes (such as engineering, operations, customer care).
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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8/9/2014 | 5:45:41 AM
Minnie, the Light Reading West Coast Bureau Puppy
Mitch, 

"Minnie, the Light Reading West Coast Bureau Puppy, loved the stylus too. She thought it was delicious."

There is no doubt that Minnie likes technology.

Maybe next time you take her to the conference and she can get her own delicious iPad styluses. As Minnie is the official LRWCB Puppy she could wear a red cape with the LR logo. :D What about that? 

-Susan
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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8/9/2014 | 5:38:47 AM
Re: Huh?
Sam,

According to Dirksen, PacketLogic has been released as an NFV product. 

-Susan

 
sam masud
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sam masud,
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8/8/2014 | 2:35:40 PM
Huh?
Sounds like a wonderful dejeuner, but what did Dirksen mean when he said their software is not NFV but ""We are in the middle of getting ahead of that?" How does one get "ahead" of NFV?
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