Packet Design Maps Traffic

Packet Design has introduced the first IP network management system to integrate real-time routing information with traffic-flow data

March 27, 2006

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PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Packet Design has introduced the first IP network management system to integrate real-time routing information with traffic-flow data, providing an end-to-end, "topology-aware" view of network traffic that delivers significant improvements in monitoring, troubleshooting, planning and optimization to operators of enterprise and service provider networks.

Packet Design's Traffic Explorer(tm) maps traffic flows directly onto the network routes they are traversing, showing traffic as it moves in real time over the entire routed network topology. The system in essence shines a "floodlight" on the network, providing far greater knowledge than the discrete "spotlight" views of traditional traffic-analysis tools.

Traffic Explorer combines knowledge of real-time, network- wide routing paths with actual traffic loads, monitoring traffic at selected entry points and then projecting it onto every link on the network. This gives network engineers the unprecedented ability to:

  • see how routing changes impact traffic, so they can understand problems - and take preventive or remedial action - much faster;

  • gain more options for addressing problems while maximizing use of network assets: instead of automatically making a costly link upgrade, for example, they can see how traffic can be rerouted around congestion points;

  • work on the "as running" network, rather than an outdated model; this boosts the accuracy of planning and optimization efforts such as capacity forecasting, failure impact analysis, peering analysis and other "what if" scenarios.

Traffic Explorer consists of a small suite of network appliances and, unlike conventional traffic-monitoring tools, requires no bandwidth-intensive device polling or widespread deployment of hardware probes. Traffic Explorer initially supports Cisco's NetFlow data, and later will support standard traffic types such as sFlow and the IETF's IP Flow Information Export (ipfix).

Packet Design Inc.

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