Improving network monitoring performance with the next generation EndaceProbes

When the current EndaceProbe® Network Recorder product range was introduced more than five years ago, most enterprise networks were only starting to think about upgrading to 10Gb Ethernet (10GbE) speeds.  Since then, most IT departments use 10GbE in their core, 1GbE to the desktop and laptop has become standard, and many are organizations are looking to move up to 25GbE, 40GbE or higher speeds.  At the time, EndaceProbes were the highest performing and most reliable network packet capture device available, helping our customers migrate their monitoring from 1GbE to 10GbE.  In the same way that we enabled that migration, we are now introducing the next generation of network recording products as enterprises incorporate higher network speeds.

The three new EndaceProbe models address the increasing demands of performance and data security.   Our aim is to provide IT teams with the tools to meet the challenges of running today’s networks under ever-increasing public scrutiny.  The features of the next generation EndaceProbe address these needs:

  • Self-encrypting disks (SED) used in packet storage arrays
  • Improved dock support for virtual machines (VMs)
  • Solid state drives (SSD) used for packet storage
  • Multi-rate 1/10GbE monitoring ports

The EndaceProbe 4104, for example, comes in a compact 1U form factor with four multi-rate monitoring ports that simplify product selection and deployment.  The EndaceProbe 4104 also includes 9.6TB of SSD packet storage, which is extremely fast – with more than 20Gb per second (20Gbps) of sustained packet processing with no packet loss.  These two features allow fast setup of on-demand packet capture using Network Packet Broker (NPB) or existing network taps. Captures are used to analyze reported faults and/or access failures.  The amount of link traffic is no longer a concern – the modern EndaceProbes can handle the load. Nor do you need to worry about the interface speed as both 1GbE and 10GbE are supported.  You only need to concentrate on solving problems using the captured packets.

If data security is one of your key concerns, the EndaceProbe 8004 is the right network monitoring appliance for you.  Fully encrypted SED storage, enforced at the hardware level, is locked to the installed RAID controller. This means that even if the drives are removed, they cannot be read outside the monitoring appliance.  The appliance is also equipped with large amounts of main memory and sufficient compute cores to run third party analysis programs in VMs. The VMs read the data directly from the built-in packet storage, further reducing the need to offload data to unsecure laptops or desktops.

In short, the next generation EndaceProbes provide packet recording and analysis capabilities that fit any business, large to small, and that address the most pressing concerns in network management and maintenance. This is especially true when performing local or remote failure analysis with the recently released EndaceProbe 6.0 software.

More detail on the features and capabilities of EndaceProbe Network Recorders.

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