cPacket Networks - Next Generation Network Monitoring Architecture

cPacket’s solutions for network performance monitoring, troubleshooting, and optimization are “Physically Distributed and Virtually Centralized”. Multiple cVu devices are deployed at critical locations across the network and inspect every bit in every packet and every flow in real-time. SPIFEE centralized dashboard provides unified access to intelligence from the entire environment.

Radical hardware-software architecture enables unique features, functionality, and performance that cannot be matched by other technologies. The smart ports of the cVu devices perform real-time inspection under any traffic conditions, deterministically. They rely on cPacket’s proprietary Algorithmic Fabric Chip which performs the inspection on the-the-fly.

cPacket Layers Diagram
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Visualization Layer
Looking at granular packet data is critical to troubleshooting a problem, however it also makes it difficult to monitor what else is happening around the network. SPIFEE allows you to proactively monitor and understand your network, while giving you immediate access to the granular packet view, when needed.

Monitoring and Forensic Intelligence
cVU Monitoring Nodes are distributed across your network so you can see every packet in real time, bringing Operational Intelligence closer to the wire and eliminating, bottlenecks and lost data. STOR Forensic Arrays capture and store packet traffic to allow you to play back incidents while troubleshooting, making intermittent problems easy to understand and solve.

Production Network
This is the lifeblood of your organization. Your productivity depends on it. Your revenue depends on it. Your compliance depends on it. If it goes down or isn't performing properly, you have a problem.

In contrast to the legacy monitoring architecture which is a “bottleneck by design”, cPacket’s solutions scale to addresses the operational needs in modern high speed networks, data centers, and cloud environments. The legacy monitoring architecture was designed decades ago and relies on aggregating all the traffic to a centralized location and post-processing it after-the-fact. This legacy approach causes a fundamental bottleneck as the volume and speed of traffic are dramatically increasing.

cPacket eliminates the fundamental bottleneck by performing Complete Packet Inspection directly at the wire in real-time, such that the heavy lifting of inspecting every bit in every packet and every flow is distributed, while the configuration, reporting, and alerting are centralized.


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cVu cPacket’s Traffic Monitoring Switches enable productive data center operations and efficient cloud applications by delivering distributed network visibility and response.

Standard capabilities like any-to-any aggregation, replication, and coherent flow balancing are combined with unique capabilities like detailed real-time reports, historical trend analysis, on-the-fly microburst detection, automatic alerts based on customizable triggers, and granular filtering based on complete packet inspection and pattern search at wire speed.

The cVu monitoring switches serve as a central tools-hub that feed relevant packets into a variety of network monitoring, analysis, and security tools as needed. At the same time, cPacket’s unique features, based on its proprietary Algorithmic Fabric chip, enable broad situational awareness and detailed visibility to performance metrics across the network infrastructure.

Unique built-in features of the cVu Traffic Monitoring Switch family include:

  • Detailed real-time and historical reports of utilization, performance, and user-defined metrics based on Complete Packet Inspection
  • Easy to use templates for filters and customizable counters according to any combination of header fields and pattern search anywhere in the packets’ payload, including min size and jumbo packets
  • Instant browser access to snapshots of custom user-defined traffic profiles
  • Coherent flow balancing with pre-filtering, user-defined relative weights, and flexible balancing policies
  • Optional de-duplication for eliminating undesirable redundancies in aggregated traffic
  • Configurable transparent tunneling to stream selected traffic over a routed media to remote tools (encapsulation and decapsulation)
  • Adaptive truncation of payload content of packets to allow access to all headers, while preventing access to sensitive customers’ content
  • Highly accurate time stamping immediately at the transceiver input, before queuing, buffering, or aggregation, to eliminate stochastic contamination of downstream timing analysis
  • Best-of-breed hardware clock synchronization with digital Phase-Lock-Loop (PLL) for highly accurate time stamping at nanosecond resolution
  • Customizable high-resolution counters at user defined granularity and flexible high-speed export via CSV files or real-time streaming
  • Automatic spikes and microburst detection on-the-fly with user-defined thresholds and alerts

Distributed deployments of cVu devices can be managed from a unified centralized dashboard called SPIFEE.

All members of the cVu product family (120G, 240G, 320G, etc.) rely on cPacket’s novel hardware-software architecture. Their smart ports, which are powered by the company’s proprietary Algorithmic Fabric chip, perform the heavy lifting of complete inspection of every bit in every packet and every flow on-the-fly under any traffic conditions, deterministically.

SPIFEE SPIFEE is an innovative software platform for simplified network visibility utilizing distributed deployment of cVu traffic monitoring switches. It combines detailed performance monitoring, proactive alerts, and the ability to search and find specific traffic profiles according to any combination of header fields and patterns in the payload content.

Each smart port of the distributed cVu devices extracts network performance metrics and customizable health indicators by doing the heavy lifting of inspecting every bit in every packet and every flow in real-time. The SPIFEE dashboard collects the granular metadata from all the distributed smart ports and allows operators to visualize, correlate and analyze the network and applications behavior from any web browser.

The simple to use Performance Gadget provides easy access to granular analytics. Similar to how stock traders use interactive “stock charts” to visualize, compare and analyze pricing of different financial instruments at different exchanges, network operators use the SPIFEE Performance Gadget to compare metrics from anywhere across the network environment.

Proactive Alerts identify hotspots, bottlenecks, and behavioral anomalies according to thresholds, ratios, and error events. It allows operators to set automatic triggers to detect intermittent disturbances or applications’ misbehavior.

A unique real-time distributed network search enables operators to search (grep) the entire network and filter any specific traffic profiles according to any combination of header fields and patterns in the packets’ payload content. It operates under any traffic conditions, deterministically.

SPIFEE-Maps provide dynamic visual representation of bandwidth, alerts, and congestion hot-spots. SPIFEE-Maps is an overlay transforming a conventional static network map into a dynamic traffic view by adding real time insight into imminent network storms. It enables network teams to easily track, optimize and troubleshoot complex data centers, intermittent cloud applications and bottlenecks in high speed networks.

The combination of SPIFEE’s unique features transforms network operations and facilitates more efficient work process for maintenance, optimization, and troubleshooting. It radically simplifies the access to critical information on demand. Without SPIFEE, the operation teams must spend an inordinate amount of time and resources to look for the relevant data. However, SPIFEE delivers instant access to the critical information, which enables more productive utilization of time and resources. It supports effective capacity planning and traffic engineering, while shortening the time to resolution of performance bottlenecks and intermittent applications’ behavior.

No more wasting 80% or more of the operation team’s time and resources looking for the relevant data; simply use SPIFEE and get direct access to the critical information instantly from any web browser.

SPIFEE Transforms How You Work


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SPIFEE Transforms Hows You Work

cStor™ Appliance and cVu cPacket’s cStor™ appliance is a cost effective solution for recording high speed traffic at critical network links for retrospective analysis of operational issues and security incidents. The cStor captures packets on a modular disk-array at line-rate.
Operators can retrieve on-demand, any slice of the captured data using a simple web GUI or automated scripts. The historical recording enables forensic examination of incidents as the basis for fact-driven corrective actions. Ingress traffic to the cStor appliance comes from cPacket's cVu monitoring device.
The cVu's smart ports are unique real-time sensors that inspect all the incoming traffic on-the-fly and extract key performance indicators and proactive alerts about abnormalities. Using the cVu, operators can selectively filter, forward, aggregate, auto-balance, truncate, de-duplicate, and time-stamp any traffic from multiple network links and record the corresponding packets data on the cStor.
A distributed deployment of cVu and cStor devices across the entire network is managed from SPIFEE’s centralized dashboard. cPacket's integrated solution streamlines network operations and minimizes the time to resolution of complex performance and security issues.

cPacket’s innovative technology delivers scalable Pervasive Network Intelligence, based on the company’s Algorithmic Fabric chip and radical hardware-software architecture.

The global computing infrastructure is rapidly evolving and becoming more distributed and inherently more dependent on the network. The complexity of the applications environment and the speed of communication are increasing by orders of magnitude. Unfortunately, the common network monitoring architecture was designed decades ago and was not conceived to handle large scale problems that arise in large-scale data centers and high-speed networks. In simple terms, the legacy architecture relies on aggregating all the traffic and analyzing it after-the-fact in a centralized location. The increasing volume and speed of network traffic makes this legacy approach a “bottleneck by design.” Such a bottleneck implies lower operational agility, restricted visibility, and slow response time to situations that require corrective actions.

In contrast to the legacy approach, cPacket’s hardware-software architecture is a paradigm shift to a solution, which is physically distributed and logically centralized. cPacket’s proprietary Algorithmic Fabric chip performs the heavy lifting of real-time inspection of every bit in every packet and every flow on-the-fly. Uniquely, it delivers deterministic performance guaranty under any traffic conditions. It can handle any traffic load which the network link can accommodate, and thereby is resilient to malicious or unintended denials.

cPacket’s proprietary Algorithmic Fabric chip operates as a standalone transparent bump-in-the-wire; it does not require any external memories or look-up engines. Furthermore, cPacket’s unique pre-processing approach overcomes the bottlenecks of traditional co-processing, which are caused by system bus contention, memory bandwidth limitations, and insufficient look-up rate. The Algorithmic Fabric chip is the engine, which powers the smart ports of cPacket’s cVu traffic monitoring switches and cTap products. It enables them to deliver features, functionality, and performance that cannot be matched by other technologies.

SPIFEE is cPacket’s centralized software dashboard and integrated search-based environment. While the proprietary chip performs the heavy lifting of inspecting every bit in every packet and every flow across all the smart ports of the cVu devices, the centralized SPIFEE software dashboard allows operators to provision the smart ports interactively and to visualize, correlate, and analyze all the performance metrics from a standard web browser.

Never before was it possible to search on-the-fly (grep) through the entire data center and network environment for specific traffic according to any combination of header fields and pattern search anywhere in the packets’ content in real-time.

Analogous to digital photography, where the advent of higher resolution sensors, more pixels, and deeper color depth enabled enhanced image processing applications like real time face recognition – cPacket’s technology enables a new era for distributed network visibility and pervasive intelligence in modern data centers and cloud environments.


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