Showing posts with label Napatech. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Napatech. Show all posts

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Napatech supplies lawful intercept in central Europe

One of Central Europe's leading cybersecurity government agencies has selected Napatech's FPGA-based SmartNIC software and hardware to strengthen its national security posture within new lawful interception applications. 

Napatech said its reconfigurable computing platform was selected by the cyber agency and its IT services partner as the foundation for their next-generation lawful interception system. The solution provides lossless, line-rate networking performance from 1 to 100 Gbps, with high-precision nanosecond timestamping. Its open-system approach allows it to be deployed in standard server platforms, radically reducing system costs and making wide-scale deployments practical. Finally, the highly programmable nature of the FPGA-based SmartNICs ensures the platform can easily and quickly adapt to new applications that adversaries may exploit to evade surveillance.

Jarrod J. S. Siket, chief marketing officer of Napatech, said: "Government and enterprise IT organizations are deploying a wide range of software applications on standard server platforms. Our reconfigurable computing platform improves the performance of networking and security applications with the most challenging performance requirements."

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Napatech adds TRex traffic generating to its FPGA-powered SmartNICs

Napatech announced support for TRex on its FPGA-powered SmartNICs, enabling lossless, high-performance traffic generation at all speeds up to 100GigE.

TRex is an open source traffic generator, widely deployed across industries to test, benchmark and debug networks.

"When developing high-performance networking equipment, you constantly need the ability to generate traffic at ultra-high speeds over complex real-world traffic patterns. By running TRex on a Napatech SmartNIC, I now get all the features of TRex while having my own small high-performance system that can run independently from the existing setup," stated Michael Lilja, chief technology architect of Napatech.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Napatech Appoints Jarrod J.S. Siket as CMO

Napatech announced the appointment of Jarrod Siket as the new Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Jarrod joins Napatech following a successful career as senior VP and general manager at Netronome.

Prior to joining Napatech, Jarrod held executive positions in several successful hi-tech companies, most recently at Netronome, where he was responsible for the company's growth into a strong leader in programmable networking solutions.

http://www.napatech.com

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Blueprint: Operationalizing NFV in the Face of 100G

by Dan Joe Barry, VP Positioning and Chief Evangelist, Napatech

A recent survey on the future of network appliances indicates that 100G will be the dominant speed rate in core, metro and access in 2018. How can we ensure that NFV is ready for this challenge?

Great strides have been made over the last three years in proving the viability of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). Dozens of Proof of Concept (PoC) trials have proven that workloads can be migrated to virtual environments running on standard hardware, and there are even examples of carrier deployments using NFV. This is all thanks to the work of visionary carriers and vendors who recognize the need for a drastic change in how carriers do business if they are to survive and thrive in the future.

Thanks to this effort, the issue is no longer whether NFV will work; the issue is how we can make NFV work effectively so it will deliver on its promise. The issue is no longer whether a service can be deployed using NFV, but whether we can manage and secure that service in an NFV environment. In other words, the challenge now is to operationalize NFV.

Managing and securing services requires network appliances that can monitor and analyze network behavior. A recent survey by Heavy Reading on behalf of Napatech provides insight into how network appliances are being used today, progress on migrating network appliances to virtual environments and insight into the challenges that need to be addressed to ensure the success of this migration.

In “The Future of Network Appliances,” 47 percent of respondents considered network appliances for network management and security as essential, while a further 39 percent considered them valuable, reflecting a broad appreciation for the operational value of appliances. Survey responses also show that network management and security appliances are broadly deployed, especially for applications like network and application performance monitoring, test and measurement as well as firewalls, intrusion detection and prevention, and data loss prevention.

Nevertheless, the survey also showed progress in migrating network appliances to virtual environments, especially for the most widely deployed applications. 73 percent of carriers indicated that they intend to deploy virtualized appliances over the next two years. Network equipment vendors are responding, with 71 percent indicating that they intend to deliver virtualized appliances in the same time frame.

The top three challenges that respondents could see in delivering and deploying virtualized appliances were interworking with other vendor solutions (81 percent concerned or extremely concerned), security (79 percent) and throughput (80 percent).

But the most eye-opening challenge that the survey highlighted must be the extensive deployment of 100G network data rates in not just the core but also the metro and, most surprisingly of all, the access network. Survey respondents were asked to indicate the most common planned data rate for the core, metro and access networks in 2018. The responses showed that 75 percent of respondents planned for 100G as their most common data rate in the core and 71 percent planned to use 100G in the metro, while 58 percent planned to use 100G in the access network.

This will potentially prove to be the greatest challenge in virtualizing network appliances over the next three years. The first 100G physical network appliances are just now being introduced to the market. They are based on standard servers, as the majority of physical network appliances are today. However, they rely on high-performance network interface cards capable of providing the throughput required at these data rates.

Standard Network Interface Cards (NICs) cannot provide the performance required for these kinds of applications even at data rates of 10G. Recent benchmark testing of NFV solutions which are based on standard NICs have shown that there are serious performance challenges in using these kinds of products for high-speed applications even when using Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) acceleration. Solutions based on bypassing hypervisors, such as Single-Root Input/Output Virtualization (SR-IOV), provide some relief, but come at the expense of virtual function mobility and flexibility.

Network management and security solutions are essential to the successful operation of virtualized networks and will need to be able to operate at 100G data rates within the next three years. One should therefore expect a reassessment of the need for alternative NIC solutions in NFV deployments. These need not be focused solely on network management and security virtualized applications, as the performance issues faced by these applications are similar to those that will be faced by other virtual appliances at high data rates. This technical challenge has already been solved in the physical world. Now it is merely a question of migrating these solutions to the virtualized environment to make sure that NFV is not only deployable but also operational, even at speeds of 100G.  

About the Author

Daniel Joseph Barry is VP Positioning and Chief Evangelist at Napatech and has over 20 years experience in the IT and Telecom industry. Prior to joining Napatech in 2009, Dan Joe was Marketing Director at TPACK, a leading supplier of transport chip solutions to the Telecom sector.  From 2001 to 2005, he was Director of Sales and Business Development at optical component vendor NKT Integration (now Ignis Photonyx) following various positions in product development, business development and product management at Ericsson. Dan Joe joined Ericsson in 1995 from a position in the R&D department of Jutland Telecom (now TDC). He has an MBA and a BSc degree in Electronic Engineering from Trinity College Dublin.

http://www.napatech.com/sites/default/files/the_future_of_network_appliances_by_napatech_and_heavy_reading.pdf

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Napatech: 100G Rollouts Will Drive Market for Network Appliances

By 2018, a steep rise in the penetration of 100G networks will drive the need for a new generation of accelerated, virtual network appliances.

A custom study conducted by Heavy Reading on behalf of Napatech has found that the traditional hardware appliance market has reached maturity and will be extended with 100G solutions and then, over time, replaced with virtualized appliances.  The study surveyed over 135 qualified service providers and vendors.  Here are some key findings:

Network appliances are undergoing a fundamental transition: Two drivers are responsible for this transition -- increased transport network throughput and the impact of virtualization.

100G transport networks to increase dramatically:
Increases in data network throughput are happening at all levels due to the deployment of 100G. The survey forecasts that the 100G transport network penetration will grow significantly by the end of 2018:

  • From 22 to 75 percent increase in core transport networks 
  • From 14 percent to 71 percent penetration in metro networks 
  • Nine percent penetration to 58 percent growth in access networks 

Profound impact of SDN/NFV expected: The impact of SDN and NFV on network appliances will be profound but positive overall. With virtualized network appliance growth on the rise, both NEPs and CSPs see a continued need for network appliances in a 100G virtualized world.

“As data growth continues to accelerate, increases in data network throughput are occurring at all levels due to the deployment of 100G. We are committed to delivering solutions that assist our customers in analyzing data at maximum throughput without compromise. This report is a strong indicator that our best-of-breed accelerators are poised to provide our customers with the tools they need to meet the demands of today’s high-speed, physical and virtual network environments,” stated Henrik Brill Jensen, CEO, Napatech.

http://www.napatech.com

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Cyber adAPT Teams with Napatech on Threat Detection

Cyber adAPT and Napatech  announced an integrated product solution for accelerated threat detection in high-speed networks.

Cyber adAPT is a non-signature based, agentless detection product that scans packets on the wire in real time, looking for and alerting on malicious network behavior already present inside the perimeter. It provides behavior detection capabilities at line speed with the precision required to avoid the all-too-common false alarms. Napatech specializes in accelerating network management and security applications.

By deeply integrating a 4 port 1 Gbps Napatech network accelerator into the solution, the entry level Cyber adAPT deployment is enhanced and enables the product to deliver high-speed processing of very large amounts of traffic by managing data flows at line speed with zero packet loss, allowing for true "real-time" analysis.

“Cyber adAPT products that include Napatech acceleration guarantees delivery of data to our probe under all conditions. Full line-rate packet capture with zero packet loss, frame buffering and optimal configuration of host buffer sizes remove the bottlenecks that can cause packet loss to reliably deliver the critical analysis data that Cyber adAPT security solutions demand,” stated Scott Millis, chief technology officer, Cyber adAPT.

“Staying ahead of the data growth curve often requires a combined solution and very often cannot be provided by only one company. We are proud to enhance the Cyber adAPT solution with our core accelerator technology to provide them with the high-speed processing they need to manage data flows at line speed. It is through the integration process that we are able to address the needs of today’s overtaxed network infrastructure,” said Peter Ekner, chief technology officer, Napatech.

http://www.napatech.com
http://www.cyberadapt.com


Sunday, April 19, 2015

@Napatech Video: Accelerating Time-to-Market with Dell OEM

The Napatech Acceleration Platform is a pre-integrated hardware platform suitable for development of high-performance network management and security appliance products.

Based on Napatech accelerators for network analysis, the Napatech Acceleration Platform enables vendors of appliances to significantly reduce time-to-market with a reliable, pre-tested and pre-integrated product that can meet the most challenging analysis requirements.

See video: https://youtu.be/i9CV61UtpIU


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Napatech Video: Conquer the Time-to-Market Challenge

The volume, variety and velocity of data in IT and telecom networks is increasing at explosive rates. Staying ahead of this data growth curve is a challenge, not only for switch and router vendors, but also the vendors of appliances that assure that the networks we are all rely upon are available and secure. Appliance vendors need to stay ahead of the curve in more ways than one. Not only do they need to ensure that they are capable of continuously increasing the capacity and performance of their products, but they also need to shorten the development cycle and time-to-market. Presented by Napatech.

See video: https://youtu.be/UwJkoqpfa-k

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Napatech Debuts 2x100 Gbps Packet Analyzer

Napatech introduced a 2x100 Gbps throughput network analysis solution on PCIe boards and aimed at network operators needed to understand their network traffic at the highest levels.

The Napatech 200G performance solution offer full, non-blocking packet capture and analysis with zero packet loss and low CPU load. To achieve 200 Gbps performance, Napatech combines two of its PCI-SIG® compliant NT100E3-1-PTP accelerators using a unique intelligent hardware interconnect .  The company said this approach ensures the efficient exchange of data and guaranteed performance even when monitoring 200G of traffic. The 200G solution is delivered as a pre-configured product. However, customers that have an earlier release of the NT100E3-1-PTP will be able to upgrade the firmware to take advantage of these features. Future upgrades include advanced de-duplication and slicing, additional filtering capabilities, broader protocol support, the ability to define flows and configure flow recognition based on any header information as well as full IP reassembly support.

Some highlights:

  • Capability to match the delivery capacity of the available PCIe Gen3 interface
  • Each 100G accelerator maps to a single NUMA node, ensuring local cache access to data
  • The Intelligent Hardware Interconnect ensures that data from either port can be directed to the correct NUMA node with full control and guaranteed performance
  • Ability to monitor downstream and upstream traffic in both SPAN and TAP environments
  • Available in 1G to 100G with the same intelligent processing capabilities accessed through a single common API provided by the Napatech Software Suite

“Addressing the data growth challenges are critical to understanding what services or apps subscribers are using, but moreover when and where they are using them. By analyzing this information in real time, operators and service providers can tailor their solutions and offer new services. As a major provider to network appliance manufacturers around the world, our R&D teams have a unique advantage over our competitors in developing solutions that help our customers stay ahead of the data growth curve," stated Henrik Brill Jensen, CEO, Napatech.

http://www.napatech.com/products/200g-performance-solution

Monday, November 24, 2014

Where are SDN and NFV today? Dan Joe Barry @Napatech Responds



 Filmed at Layer123's SDN & OpenFlow World Congress in D├╝sseldorf, Germany with Dan Joe Barry, VP of Marketing, Napatech.





Thursday, October 23, 2014

Napatech Delivers Network Appliance Acceleration for Dell OEM

Napatech released a pre-integrated, pre-tested platform for appliance development based on Dell PowerEdge servers.

The Napatech Acceleration Platform optimizes network analysis applications to ensure full throughput with zero packet loss under all conditions. Other key features include:

  • Precision time-stamping:  nanosecond-precision time synchronization and time-stamping capabilities.
  • Pre-integrated platform available in two configurations: Napatech Acceleration Platform 40G based on Dell PowerEdge R720 with Napatech NT40E3-4-PTP 4 port 10 Gbps accelerator; and Napatech Acceleration Platform 4G based on Dell PowerEdge R620 with Napatech NT4E2-4-PTP 4 port 1 Gbps accelerator.
  • Customized Dell solutions: Customization options from Dell OEM. 
  • Scalability: Scale beyond four ports with the installation of additional Napatech accelerators without need for changes to application software.

http://www.dell.com/oem
http://www.napatech.com/about/partners/our-solution-partners

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Napatech Launches 40 Gbps Adapter

Napatech introduced a 4-port 10 Gbps adapter provides a full 40 Gbps of packet analysis in networking appliciances.

Napatech software provides hardware abstraction that allows up to eight network adapters in an appliance to appear as one, enabling up to 320 Gbps of throughput per appliance.

Napatech allows real-time data from multiple points in the network to be collected and merged into a single analysis stream, allowing for easier correlation of analysis data.

Precise merging is made possible by nanosecond precision time-stamping of every Ethernet frame, based on flexible support of multiple time synchronization schemes including IEEE1588-2008 Precision Time Protocol (PTP).

"Network equipment manufacturers are focused on improving efficiency, performance and cost. To stay ahead of the data growth curve, our customers will need higher capacity appliances with multiple analysis ports that help them reduce their time to market and risk. Our new 4 port 10G product and Napatech Software Suite addresses these needs. Napatech will continue to offer the broadest portfolio to enable unprecedented throughput with guaranteed delivery of data," stated Erik Norup, president and CMO, Napatech.

http://www.napatech.com

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