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cPacket 320 Gigabit Aggregation, Filtering and Monitoring Box Fills Crucial Void for Data Centers, Cloud, and Service Providers
Combo of cPacket Chips and Marvell’s Prestera™ CX switch Yields Unique, Dynamic Network Optimization Platform at 320-Gigabits per second
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – APRIL 21, 2010 – cPacket Networks announced today the availability of its new, 320-Gigabit network appliance that provides complete packet inspection filtering, flexible traffic aggregation, selective duplication, and flow-based load balancing, as well as granular, wire-speed performance monitoring, for 32 10-Gigabit links. It is based upon cPacket’s unique, 20-Gigabit “complete packet inspection” chips, and Marvell’s 10-Gigabit Prestera® switch.
The product, called the “cVu320G”, provides a centralized-data-center 10-Gigabit monitoring solution and enables on-demand capacity management, resource allocation, and real-time troubleshooting of bursts and spikes for the data center, service provider, and telecommunication markets.
“Today’s data centers are struggling with the growing stampede to 10-Gigabit and the increasing virtualization of platforms and services”, says Rony Kay, president and chief technology officer of cPacket. “Monitoring tools have not kept pace with these developments, and, as a consequence, data centers are being overwhelmed with huge volumes of complex traffic, which they no longer have the visibility to control.”
The consequences, according to Kay, include intermittent and frequent congestion, performance degradation, and major service disruptions to end users that he says are becoming increasingly common.
The key for improvement and optimization is effective network visibility, drill down, and real-time performance measurement, says Kay. “Although existing switch span ports and aggregation switches dutifully attempt to provide network access to monitoring tools, protocol analyzers, and intrusion detection systems, the impact on them is like drinking from a fire hose – any early indicators and warning signs in the traffic that could trigger a proactive response are simply drowned in the flood.”
But no more. cPacket has combined its proprietary, 20-Gigabit complete packet inspection chips and software, the leading-edge Marvell Prestera CX 10-Gigabit switch, and an entirely new hardware-software system architecture, into a 32-port, 3U rack-mountable appliance that immediately resolves these issues, and then some.
“We can simultaneously inspect every bit in every packet at full line rate, on each of the 10-Gigabit ports, and automatically take actions based upon what we observe,” says Kay.
For example, the box can perform selective filtering, based upon any combination of header fields and payload content – anywhere in the packet – and forward that filtered traffic flow to any output port, where it is now digestible by downstream tools. Or, it can trigger alerts based on user-defined events, or dynamically institute corrective action, such as load balancing or fail-over, based upon what it observes in real time.
Each of the cVu320G’s 32 ports can accept an SFP+ 10-Gigabit pluggable transceiver. The input traffic from any port may be filtered, and combined with that of any other port, then steered to any output port, in a one-to-many, many-to-one, and many-to-many model. The device can feed information to other tools and dashboards, in addition to its own, to enable broad situational awareness and proactive troubleshooting.
The use of cPacket’s own complete packet inspection chips raises the bar on performance monitoring and trouble-shooting to a new high, says Kay. Some examples include:
Mor Ben-Asher, Senior director of marketing for Marvell’s Enterprise Business Unit, whose 10-Gigabit switch, PHYS, and control CPU are integrated into the cVu320G appliance, weighed in on the box’s capabilities: “The impressive capabilities of cPacket’s latest network appliance – which fills the gap that is clearly emerging in today’s data centers – demonstrate the value of combining cPacket’s technology with Marvell’s powerful Prestera CX switches family. It’s a win for both our companies, and a particular win for data centers and telecommunications service providers. cPacket is developing a great track record for advanced solutions and Marvell is honored to be their primary silicon partner and supplier.”
cPacket’s Kay concluded: “With the rapid transition from the 1-Gigabit generation to 10-Gigabits, and with the rise of cloud computing and widespread virtualization, network operations personnel, administrators, and planners crucially need intelligent performance monitoring, agile capacity management, and dynamic resource allocation. We believe that we are uniquely able to provide that with the cVu320G.”
The cVu320G is available to cPacket’s strategic customers and OEM partners next month; pricing is provided on request. Further technical information can be found at http://www.cpacket.com/cVu320G.
cPacket Networks is an emerging leader in chips and technologies that offers breakthrough, Pervasive Network Intelligence™ at a fraction of the complexity, power, or cost of preexisting approaches. Based upon its powerful “complete packet inspection” architecture, cPacket provides manufacturers of routers, switches and other network appliances a game-changing, wire-speed active network traffic analysis and response capabilities – for the service providers, the enterprise, and the small office. The exploding use of 10-Gbps networks and beyond to supports a relentless growth in media-centric applications makes the availability of truly pervasive network intelligence timely and critical.
cPacket was founded in 2003 and is located in Mountain View, CA. For more information, visit www.cpacket.com.
Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL) is a world leader in the development of storage, communications, and consumer silicon solutions. The company’s diverse product portfolio includes switching, transceiver, communications controller, wireless, and storage solutions that power the entire communications infrastructure including enterprise, metro, home, and storage networking.