Goal of the initiative is to marry ntop.org’s open-source network flow monitoring software with cPacket’s chips

February 13, 2009

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., and PISA, Italy -- Renowned open source network traffic monitoring guru, Dr. Luca Deri, founder of ntop.org, and Rony Kay, CEO of chipmaker cPacket, Inc., jointly announced that their two organizations have forged a development and marketing partnership called the “NTOP NG Initiative”. The goal of the initiative is to marry ntop.org’s widely-used open source network flow monitoring software nTop and nProbe with cPacket’s “Pervasive Network Intelligence"™ chips to produce accurate flow monitoring at data rates from 10 gigabits per second to 100 gigabits, and beyond.

The expected first product of the initiative will be a 10 gigabit NetFlow-compliant hardware probe that will be offered through nmon.net, ntop.org’s commercial distribution subsidiary, and through several of cPacket’s OEM partners. The probe will permit wire-speed monitoring and management to any level of granularity. Eventually, however OEMs will be able to license cPacket-capable probe software for pervasive use in their switch and routers products.

“We are in the throes of a market shift to wide deployment of 10 gig networks with 40 and 100 gig aggregation,” said Deri, also a research scientist and a lecturer at the University of Pisa. “The demands that this places on network monitoring software is profound.”Deri said that the result is that existing NetFlow probes in switches and routers have been reduced to sampling techniques that hide critical behaviors like spikes or microbursts, and do not support interactive drill-down for granular event monitoring and troubleshooting. “Any Network management applications that depend on real-time visibility are effectively neutered,” he said.

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cPacket Networks Inc.

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