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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

NetScout Acquires Danaher’s Communications Business

NetScout Systems completed its acquisition of Danaher Corporation’s Communications Business. The deal was valued at $2.3 billion and involved the issuance of 62.5 million shares of NetScout common stock at $36.89 per share to Danaher’s shareholders.

The acquisition includes Tektronix Communications, Arbor Networks and parts of the Fluke Networks businesses, all of which were owned by Danaher Corp.  The deal was first announced in October 2014.

Danaher’s Communications business generated revenue (unaudited) of approximately $836 million for the year ended December 31, 2013.

Danaher’s Communications business, which has over 2,000 employees worldwide, includes: 

Tektronix Communications, based in Plano, Texas, which provides a comprehensive set of assurance, intelligence and test solutions and services support for a range of architectures and applications such as LTE, HSPA, 3G, IMS, mobile broadband, VoIP, video and triple play. Also included are VSS Monitoring and Newfield Wireless.

Arbor Networks, based in Burlington, Massachusetts, which provides solutions that help secure the world’s largest enterprise and service provider networks from DDoS attacks and advanced threats.

Fluke Networks, based in Everett, Washington, which delivers network monitoring solutions that speed the deployment and improve the performance of networks and applications. The data cabling tools business and carrier service provider (CSP) tools business within Fluke Networks are not included this transaction.

“This acquisition represents an important milestone for NetScout that enhances our ability to drive value for customers, stockholders, employees and other stakeholders,” stated Anil Singhal, president and CEO.   “With a broader range of market-leading capabilities and technologies, as well as more extensive, global go-to-market and distribution resources, NetScout will be better positioned to capitalize on the many exciting opportunities we see to further expand our customer relationships around the world.  We welcome over 2,000 new colleagues to NetScout and collectively, we are looking forward to realizing the Company’s potential in the marketplace.”

NetScout also announced today that it has secured a new five-year, $800 million senior secured revolving credit facility that replaces its previous revolving credit facility of $250 million.

Danaher acquired Tektronix in 2007 for $1.1 billion.

Danaher acquired Arbor Networks in 2010.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

VSS Monitoring Delivers Network Data to Big Data Analytics Systems

VSS Monitoring, which is now a subsidiary of Danaher, introduced a Big Data Visibility solution that scales analytics and forensics to larger datasets than they could with legacy technology.

The VSS Monitoring’s vMesh architecture can connect hundreds of packet broker nodes, gaining real-time views into big data across their entire global network.  The new Big Data solution leverages two new advances in the vMesh Architecture: vSpool and vNetConnect.

The vSpool hardware module for VSS Monitoring’s vBroker chassis enables network data to be captured directly from the network infrastructure, and delivered to and analyzed synchronously or asynchronously by any network analytics, forensics and big data systems over a common storage or content platform.

vNetConnect software enables agent-free visibility into VMware and Cisco virtual switches, providing visibility into physical and virtual workloads and the associated network traffic without requiring any additional software to be installed on the hypervisor or as a virtual machine.

VSS Monitoring said the addition of vNetConnect enables packets from both virtual switches and physical switches to be directed into the network packet broker layer, while vSpool provides capture and delivery of those packets to analytics tools and content platforms from a single point and in an open standard format.

“Big-data systems are often blind to an invaluable resource: the data that represents every transaction in any networked business,” said Martin Breslin, Founder and President, VSS Monitoring. “Bridging this gap by linking network data with big data systems, enables a comprehensive view of the information that the business needs to make the right decisions.  vSpool addresses these challenges by delivering line-rate performance and advanced traffic grooming, while vNetConnect provides total visibility into network traffic from both physical and virtual hosts, and from active and stored data alike.  No longer are variations in data types, interfaces between systems, network latency, or physical locations of network assets a limitation to high-quality analysis.”

Monday, April 29, 2013

VSS Monitoring Deepens its Line of Network Packet Brokers

VSS Monitoring is rolling out significant additions and enhancements to its "vBroker" line of network packet brokers (NPBs), which enable network monitoring and security tools to gain traffic visibility.  The VSS vBroker system extends the capacity, centralized link-layer visibility, and scalability of networks through advanced traffic filtering, packet optimization and offloading of unnecessary processing to increase tool capacity and efficiency.

The product launch includes new vBroker 400 and vBroker 100 offerings that provide a high-density, modular form factor for customers requiring 1G, 10G, and 40G network speeds. At the high-end, vBroker 410 is a 1RU appliance with up to 32 ports and a throughput of 320G.  It can handle up to 8x 40G and/or 32x 10G ports.

The vBroker 420 is a 2RU appliance with up to 64 ports and a throughput of 640G. It can handle 16x 40G and/or 64x 10G ports.

At the entry level, the new vBroker 100 products also provide an all-modular form factor for 1G and 10G network speeds, and include capabilities to meet the special requirements of video monitoring applications.

VSS Monitoring said these new vBroker platforms allow customers to handle Big Data on their networks and enable greater visibility and operational performance from their network monitoring and security tools.

 The vBroker system is also supporting a new "vProtector" offering for intelligent traffic steering to active inline network security and acceleration appliances. The single integrated NPB system allows organizations to optimize active inline and passive monitoring tools with all-modular configurability. It offers user-configurable FailOpen/FailClosed per chassis module.

In addiion, VSS Monitoring is introducing a "vInspector" appliance that decrypts encrypted SSL traffic to provide clear context to both active and passive out-of-band monitoring and security tools. The vInspector products include three platforms with decryption throughput from 1Gbps to 4Gbps.

Monday, October 22, 2012

VSS Monitoring Adds SSL Inspection to Network Packet Brokers

VSS Monitoring introduced SSL monitoring capabilities for its line of network packet brokers, providing visibility into encrypted communications across LAN, WAN and cloud boundaries.

 VSS Monitoring’s SSL inspection solution is based on 1U and 2U network appliances powered by Intel’s Xeon processors and accelerated by Netronome’s flow processors and SSL inspection software.

Key capabilities include:

· Line rate decryption for millions of simultaneous flows on 1/10 gigabit Ethernet links
· Support for inbound and outbound SSL inspection of network communications
· Full integration and interoperability with new and existing packet broker fabric deployments
· Interoperability with the McAfee Network Security Platform

 “Network security managers are facing an onslaught of new web- and cloud-based communications that use encryption by default,” said Dean Beaver, VP of worldwide sales & alliances at VSS Monitoring.  “Our network packet brokers with enhanced SSL inspection are a natural complement for organizations looking to extend the benefits of the McAfee Network Security Platform to include in-bound and out-bound SSL traffic while maintaining line-rate speeds.”

Monday, July 23, 2012

VSS Monitoring Scales its Packet Broker for Network-wide Visibility

VSS Monitoring introduced a new suite of network packet brokers (NPBs) that leverage a unique fabric-system approach for interconnecting network monitoring and security systems.

The new VSS Monitoring product family, called vBroker, delivers network-wide link-layer visibility and access to a broad set of network monitoring and security systems. This significantly reduces the capital costs of ensuring link visibility and analysis tool access across the network.

The new "vMesh" architecture can seamlessly interconnect up to 256 VSS Monitoring NPBs and more than 10,000 ports, delivering the greatest scalability and link-layer visibility in the industry, whether across multiple data center racks, physical locations or entire geographies. vMesh leverages VSS Monitoring’s proprietary vStack protocol to provide end-to-end visibility and data access – at the link-layer – across the entire network.

The new hardware includes the vBroker 200 and vBroker 300 appliances, which support traffic filtering/grooming and offloading of packet processing to increase tool system capacity and efficiency. The vBroker 300 Series provides the industry’s highest capacity in a 1RU format – 560 Gbps – and up to 56 ports per appliance, while the vBroker 200 Series provides the flexibility of a modular chassis in compact 1RU or 2RU form factors.

VSS Monitoring is also introducing a new management console, called vMC, that lets customers manage all or multiple VSS Monitoring NPBs using a single “pane-of-glass" to deploy, provision, and make drag-and-drop configuration changes for the full topology and perform bulk software updates. Customers can also create advanced charts and graphs at a group or network-wide level.

"Service providers and enterprises alike are challenged with ensuring continuous application performance, threat mitigation, and service availability, and are turning to us to support the latest set of network tool systems, including new security services that protect data, mitigate loss of control due to cloud and mobility initiatives, and ensure compliance. With our unique systems approach, we enable customers to start small and scale to meet their growing needs."

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

New Video: Network Intelligence Optimization

Network monitoring systems are essential in ensuring the performance and reliability of key infrastructure, but operators need to see a clear return-on-investment for these expensive tools. In this video, Andy Huckridge, Dir. of Marketing at VSS Monitoring, shows how a Network Intelligence Optimization Layer solves the challenge and why it provides the best ROI for operators.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Blueprint: The "Flattening Effect" and Network Intelligence

by Terence Martin and Andy Huckridge

How To Stay Ahead of the Growing Trend for “Anywhere, Anytime” Data

The immense growth of IP-based data traffic and applications on mobile devices is pushing the adoption of 4G technologies and fueling the migration to faster data rates. Service providers busy with migration strategies are upgrading existing networks as stop-gap measures to allow an all-IP based services platform. Carriers and handset vendors are differentiating their offerings by rolling out application portals while providing improved monetization and ARPU. User mobility is pushing the trend for “anywhere, anytime” data technology, while applications are driving the subscriber need.

Continuous advancement in technology powers much of the above, including additional overall data traffic and the migration to mobile connectivity/broadband. Applications are becoming pervasive, with the subscriber in control of the what, where and how. To continue to drive down costs, operators are moving to an all-IP core, attempting to reduce network complexity and in some cases altogether outsourcing the management of their networks.

With so much change happening in the network, the migration itself doesn’t occur over night. In the near future, network operators need to combine next generation systems and devices with a supportable hybrid network that interconnects various types of existing platforms. Because the network has simultaneously become both flatter and more complex, the journey toward a converged all-IP network comes with an entirely new set of network performance and management philosophies to be adopted and developed by IT organizations. To drive the need for maintaining and managing the experience of the subscriber, real-time monitoring, troubleshooting and provisioning of the network must be implemented strategically and methodically. Real-time monitoring of network traffic has proven to be crucial to diagnosing and analyzing network performance and services, and consequently the subscriber’s quality of experience (QoE).  

Out With the Old, In With the New – Problems Associated With Legacy Monitoring Schemes

Fragmented monitoring approaches increase problems associated with performance and complexity. Several of these problems have emerged with the growing complexity of data on the network and the accumulation of outdated network monitoring components. Due to the constant push for more efficient connectivity, traditional network monitoring approaches are inadequate for managing network components on enterprise and service provider infrastructures.

The aforementioned traditional approach improves the visibility of network performance by placing a series of tools into the network, but while the system solves some problems, new issues arise. IT managers are faced with the inability to access a particular point in a network with multiple tools, creating a “blind spot” on the network that can cause inefficient and difficult to solve troubleshooting transactions. Blind spots frequently occur with the type of overhead management utilized in legacy monitoring schemes.  Different sets of tools from different vendors dispersed throughout the network in various locations, each with individual management software inoperable with other vendors, can be a recipe for disaster. As network IT managers have limited accessibility to certain points on the network, they must manage an overflow of data. Monitoring costs are becoming increasingly more expensive as network management is becoming more inefficient. With rising costs and reduced ROI, profit is impacted by the lack of fast and efficient troubleshooting. The fragmented approach to network monitoring causes additional performance and complexity problems.

The “Flattening” Effect:  A Pathway for Network Intelligence Optimization to Save Time and Money

Telecom, enterprise and government network operators must develop a holistic and future minded strategy for network monitoring and network management. They must also keep in mind the key aspects of a traffic capture solution, such as the price-performance, diversity, agility and intelligent capabilities. Depending on future requirements, network operators should keep in mind existing macro trends when deciding network monitoring needs, such as “Flattening the Network”, technology development and economics.

The continuous growth of IP will accelerate the pace at which legacy systems are displaced by an all-IP network. The “flattening” effect will create more distributed IP components and broader ranges of IP services rolling out in the network, leading to more potential points of failure and increased complexity of the network. This opens opportunities for additional points of monitoring, in which the monitoring infrastructure should be “flat” and flexible across all parts of the network.
The Network Intelligence Optimization framework is paving a path for a smart network-monitoring infrastructure. To sustain the increase in speed, the traffic capture layer must continue at line rate in hardware, where a deeper awareness of packets and applications, as well as more dynamic handling is essential.

Today, network managers must do more with less, delivering tighter budget control while improving service delivery. Conversely, the network monitoring optimization framework allows organizations to migrate from a high initial CAPEX business model to a lower and variable CAPEX model in the network-monitoring component of the budget. With less, the network managers can do more in other areas such as network forensics, lawful intercepts, behavioral analysis, centralizing applications for compliance, etc. Managed service providers (MSP) have also become mainstream and are focusing on monetization of QoS/QoE, rather than solely on monitoring network elements and packets. The layered-approach to network monitoring is fundamental and crucial to enabling business model differentiation in such network environments.

About the Author

Terence Martin Breslin founded VSS Monitoring in October 2003. Under his leadership the company has grown into the world's leading innovator of Distributed Traffic Capture Systems™, Protector Series™ inline load balancers / speed converters for security appliances, and network TAPs. His vision of creating a distributed systems architecture to replace the practice of using only standalone TAPs for network traffic capture has changed the practice and potential of network analysis. By providing visibility of any link in even the largest network, He holds an MBA from Golden Gate University in San Francisco and a Bachelors degree in Computer Science from the National University of Ireland.

Andy Huckridge is a seasoned Telecom industry executive, currently serving as Director of Marketing at VSS Monitoring. He also serves as an independent Telecom consultant to Network Equipment Vendors (NEMs), Test Equipment Vendors, Service Providers focusing in the Test and Measurement industry. Andy has experience in overseeing various international projects in the Telecom / Security and Next-Generation space with leading companies.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

VSS Monitoring Enables Network Monitoring Across the Cloud

VSS Monitoring introduced a new capability that extends the reach of network intelligence tools used for analytics, security and monitoring across IP and WAN networks while increasing network performance, security and reliability.

The goal is to simplify operational complexity, increase network monitoring reliability, and deliver higher ROI by optimizing and directing monitored data from devices and network switches to centralized analysis and security tools.

The vStack over IP feature captures and collects traffic throughout the cloud infrastructure, providing end-to-end visibility of network services and applications through the cloud. It delivers unprecedented scalability, enabling centralized network monitoring from any point in the world, accommodating conditions such as:

  • Resource migration to alternate datacenter;
  • Service delivery path change;
  • Tool farm failover or migration.

"We are once again leading the market, pioneering cloud interconnect capability and extending network access across the cloud, something no other vendor offers today," said Gordon Beith, director of product management at VSS Monitoring. "It accelerates our already strong momentum, taking us to the next level in offering the highest-value, most scalable network intelligence optimization solutions."

Monday, March 28, 2011

VSS Monitoring Adds to its Team

VSS Monitoring, which provides monitoring visibility and optimization for network security, has appointed Kevin Jablonski as vice president of business development. Jablonski was formerly vice president of marketing and business development at Gigamon. He previously served with companies such as FORE Systems, Juniper Networks, Hewlett-Packard, and Hughes Communications.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Netronome Forms Partnerships with McAfee, VSS, Qosmos

Netronome has completed compatibility testing in the McAfee Security Innovation Alliance (SIA) program to become a Technology Partner. Under the McAfee SIA program, Netronome SSL Inspector appliances have demonstrated interoperability with McAfee Network Security Platform devices. The Netronome SSL Inspector appliances provide line-rate decryption of encrypted traffic, and the joint solution with McAfee leverages this capability to detect and protect against threats hidden within encrypted traffic.

In addition, Netronome is partnering with VSS Monitoring to provide interoperable solutions for the real-time examination of traffic encrypted with SSL.. Network administrators will be able to use their existing analytical tools to inspect SSL packets in real time at 10 Gbps throughout large distributed enterprise and carrier-class networks. The solutions are built around VSS Distributed Traffic Capture Systems that provide real-time access for the high-performance Netronome SSL Inspector appliance.

Netronome has also formed a partnership with Qosmos, which specializes in Network Intelligence (NI) technology. The joint solution can scale deep packet inspection (DPI) from 1 Gbps to 100 Gbps while simultaneously offering a rich detection set for thousands of applications and protocols. The integrated solution is designed for manufacturers of security applications.

Monday, August 23, 2010

VSS Monitoring Raises $20 Million for its Distributed Taps

VSS Monitoring, a start-up based in Burlingame, California, secured $20 million in venture funding for its distributed traffic capture system for network and security monitoring. The company's Distributed Traffic Capture Systems provide an intelligent and robust platform for centralized monitoring, tool optimization, and scalability for the network monitoring and security infrastructure.

VSS Monitoring said its business is experiencing strong growth due to several trends, including the increased virtualization of data centers, the flattening of next generation networks, and the proliferation of IP based service in mobile networks. Its customer based includes more than 1,000 enterprises, government agencies and service providers around the world.

For 4G/LTE networks, VSS Monitoring is developing a hierarchical framework capable of providing a network-wide view of traffic in real-time as well as packet-level visibility at any network node. The company said its "Network Monitoring 2.0" adopts a systems approach with no single point of failure. The system promises low-latency and scales to a worldwide distributed network. Essentially, by decoupling the monitoring infrastructure from the core network, the traffic capture system can act as a universal access layer for all monitoring tools. The traffic capture layer is possible because the network taps are distributed and intelligent.

The funding, which came from Battery Ventures, represents the first institutional round of financing for VSS. The company was founded in 2003 and has been self-funded since then. It now has about 90 employees and is planning to expand.

"Our business is experiencing tremendous momentum at a time when the network performance and operations management market is about to explode," said Martin Breslin, VSS Monitoring founder and CEO. "Partnering with Battery will help VSS continue to develop and deliver highly innovative solutions. Battery's already proven success in the networking sector made the firm a natural fit and we believe their domain expertise will be invaluable to us."

Monday, May 31, 2010

Video: Network Monitoring for 4G

VSS Monitoring Targets 4G/LTE Monitoring

VSS Monitoring unveiled a new framework for monitoring traffic and services across 4G/LTE networks.

Service providers have traditionally employed a flat architecture of probes and testers for monitoring their 2G and 3G network traffic locally. To handle more complex 4G networks, VSS Monitoring is developing a hierarchical framework capable of providing a network-wide view of traffic in real-time as well as packet-level visibility at any network node. The company said its "Network Monitoring 2.0" adopts a systems approach with no single point of failure. The system promises low-latency and scales to a worldwide distributed network.

Essentially, by decoupling the monitoring infrastructure from the core network, the traffic capture system can act as a universal access layer for all monitoring tools. The traffic capture layer is possible because the network taps are distributed and intelligent.

"Mobile operators clearly need a solution optimized for 4G monitoring," said Andy Huckridge, VSS Director of Marketing.

VSS Monitoring's Optimizer 2016 is an intelligent traffic capture device for networks from 10 Mbps to 10 GigE. It provides session-aware load balancing, a technology that maintains network session integrity to the monitoring infrastructure, allowing users to deploy multiple one Gigabit analytical tools to monitor a 10 GigE line, ensuring full coverage and maximizing monitor ROI. Hardware-based filtering allows users to filter traffic at line rate by address and protocols; users can also create custom filters. It supports VSS' intelligent stacking technology, "vStack+", which enables traffic capture devices to be deployed in a redundant, low-latency mesh for total, dynamic, fault-tolerant visibility that scales to even the largest networks.

Whitepaper: Network Monitoring 2.0

Whitepaper: Network Monitoring 2.0

The journey toward a converged all-IP
network comes with a whole new set of performance and management
philosophies toward which IT organizations must adopt and evolve.
Real-time monitoring, troubleshooting and provisioning of the network
must be implemented strategically and methodically, as they are driven
by the need to maintain and manage the experience of the end user. In
particular, real time monitoring of network traffic is proven to be
essential in diagnosing and analyzing the performance of the network and
the services, and consequently the quality of experience (QoE) of the

It is the purpose of this paper to address the complexity challenges
associated with the existing network monitoring approach, which can be
termed broadly as "Network Monitoring 1.0" environment. As the network
has evolved from 2G to 3G and now 4G, the network monitoring also has to
evolve to a "Network Monitoring 2.0" model -- in which a single,
distributed capture layer creates a simplified and elegant architecture
that many large network operators have begun to adopt today.

the full whitepaper here: