NetScout Extends Intelligent Deep-Packet Capture Capabilities

The new nGenius InfiniStream 2900 Series appliance extends intelligent capabilities to improve end-to-end service delivery management, improve application visibility

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NetScout Systems today announced the nGenius InfiniStream 2900 Series appliance, a lower-capacity, compact form-factor member of the nGenius InfiniStream intelligent Deep Packet Capture (iDPC) appliance family. The new nGenius InfiniStream 2900 Series appliance extends “always-on” service-level visibility and continuous packet recording into more areas of the modern IP network, addressing the increasing need for comprehensive packet-level visibility and in-depth analysis of application and service traffic to better support end-to-end unified service delivery management.

With a growing reliance on always-on, anytime/anywhere access to business applications and services, IT organizations need to have a better understanding of the operational health of the service delivery environment. IT professionals need extensive service-level knowledge with the ability to conduct back-in-time analysis of application and network traffic. Although a number of different data sources are available, deep packet capture, combining network packet analysis with packet storage, best enables IT staff to predict, identify, and resolve application performance degradations faster and more efficiently.

Until now, deep packet capture capabilities have been typically limited to the ingress/egress of the data center, high-capacity links at the network core, or at major aggregation points due to physical device size and relatively high costs. Alternatively, packet-based probe technology has been deployed on secondary links and in remote locations to collect traffic statistics with limited on-demand packet capture capabilities. With today’s pervasive service-delivery challenges, IT personnel require more granular real-time and historical visibility into the service delivery environment to optimize performance and predict and prevent performance issues and speed the problem resolution process.

Leveraging the deployment-proven intelligent deep packet capture capabilities found in larger, higher-capacity nGenius InfiniStream 6900 Series appliances, the new 2900 Series appliance has been designed and built for deployment in areas where there are cost and space constraints. Featuring 500 gigabytes of storage capacity in a compact 1RU form factor, the nGenius InfiniStream 2900 Series appliance enables InfiniStream technology to be deployed more affordably in areas closer to the user, including mid-tier distribution points, wiring closets, branch offices, and remote data centers.

Available with Fast Ethernet or Gigabit Ethernet interfaces, the nGenius InfiniStream 2900 Series appliance continuously captures every packet crossing the network, analyzing, indexing, and storing these packets in real time with a high degree of accuracy. Whether used in a standalone mode or as part of the end-to-end, always-on nGenius Service Assurance Solution, the nGenius InfiniStream 2900 Series appliance reliably stores all network traffic providing statistical information about application performance, network usage, and related traffic patterns. Network managers can access rich packet information in real time or perform comprehensive historical forensic analysis of events to maintain peak performance of the service delivery environment and dramatically speed the diagnosis and resolution of performance issues to prevent service delivery degradations or downtime.

The nGenius InfiniStream 2900 Series appliance is available now in 2-port and 4-port versions with support for 10/100/1000 copper and SFP-based fiber Gigabit Ethernet. Pricing begins at less than $20,000.

More information is available at www.netscout.com.