cPacket and Cisco Systems Provide Visibility for Next-Gen Virtualized Branch Offices
January 28, 2019
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cPacket Networks announced an integrated visibility solution with Cisco Integrated Services Virtual Router (ISRv) running on Cisco Enterprise Network Compute System (ENCS) and Cisco Enterprise NFV Infrastructure Software (NFVIS) for the virtualized enterprise branch offices.

Cisco ENCS brings Cisco compute and routing technologies together optimized for the enterprise branch offices running Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). With Cisco NFVIS, branch services including routers, firewalls, wireless controllers, and SD-WAN can be completely virtualized. By virtualizing and abstracting the network services from the underlying hardware, VNF can be managed independently and provisioned dynamically. This provides flexibility, service agility, and operational consistency through software across various network elements while simplifying operations, saving time, and costs.

Running as VNF on top of Cisco ENCS/NFVIS, cPacket visibility tools including cClear-V provide a proactive business-ready view of each branch office for IT teams while at the same time, provide troubleshooting capabilities for reducing the mean-time-to-resolution. cPacket’s product architecture, augmented by integral analytics, makes it ideal for troubleshooting network issues, analyzing network performance to anticipate future problems, and planning capacity for expansion.

“CIOs across financial, retail, and other enterprises are increasingly more conscious about how to increase operational efficiency and return-on-investment to be more competitive and streamline IT with mainstream business transformation initiatives. The cPacket and Cisco Enterprise NFV solution makes IT teams’ job easier, efficient, and economic,” said Brendan O’Flaherty, CEO of cPacket Networks.

Rapidly deployable throughout the distributed enterprise, cClear-V provides a single-pane-of-glass management, without the need for dedicated server hardware. cClear-V allows real-time acquisition of key performance indicators from cPacket monitoring probes running as VNF on Cisco ENCS/NFVIS. With cClear-V, network operators can deploy the functionality they need at network locations where it’s needed to monitor traffic and analyze issues remotely. This can be particularly effective for resolving SLA disputes with a service provider. For analysis of suspicious traffic, the cPacket visibility suite is also integrated with the Cisco security stack (firewall, web filtering, IPS/IDS, and DNS) which is an integral part of the ISRv router.

“TCP applications particularly suffer across the WAN. cPacket’s visibility tools provide proactive metrics such as application visibility, TCP response-time, round-trip time, and retransmits. “cPacket’s advanced machine-learning algorithms can provide a predictive view for a week ahead. This provides a business-readiness view to the IT team or managed service provider from anywhere,” said Ron Nevo, CTO of cPacket Networks.

cPacket’s integrated visibility solution with Cisco ISRv allows IT NetOps and SecOps personnel to take advantage of a single, integrated workflow that allows for real-time monitoring or analysis of the branch traffic from a single vantage point to deploy, manage, and secure branch networks from anywhere, anytime.

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