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APCON's New Blade Will Filter Out Duplicate Packets

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

APCON's new blade will filter packets, weeding out the duplicates so that network monitoring is more efficient and less costly.

Earlier this week, APCON introduced a new IntellaFlex Packet Controller blade for the INTELLAPATCH Series 3000 network monitoring switch. This new blade provides packet de-duplication services which complements APCON's core IntellaFlex feature set of packet aggregation, filtering, and load balancing. The new blade also uses a programmable architecture that is designed to allow new feature development up to Layer 7 capabilities.

"We are very excited about the capabilities the Packet Controller blade offers our customers," said Richard Rauch, President and CEO of APCON. "By eliminating duplicate packets, customers can significantly increase the real capacity their tools can manage. In addition, our programmable architecture allows APCON to be more responsive to future customer requirements."

APCON explained packet de-duplication as a way to filter out multiple versions of one packet. The company said there are a number of network topologies that can lead to multiple copies of each packet being routed to network monitoring appliances. This can cause an overload and drastically reduce monitoring efficiency while increasing monitoring costs.

 IntellaFlex Packet Controller blade. IntellaFlex Packet Controller blade.

The new blade, according to APCON, accepts input data streams through any of the four 1/10G Ethernet ports on the front of the blade, or from other blades through six channels at the switch backplane. It examines each packet, stamps it with a unique digital signature, and discards the unsigned copies that arrive afterward. Ultimately this means less traffic and better network visibility in the data center.

"As more packets arrive, exact duplicates are discarded, maximizing the elapsed network traffic time that the network monitoring appliances can analyze," APCON said. "Packet de-duplication further contributes to APCON’s ability to maximize network visibility in the data center."

APCON's switch control software allows the user to specify the IPV4 and IPV6 parameters to compare for duplicates, and the time window in which duplicates are expected to arrive. "This allows you to tune packet de-duplication services to meet your unique needs at maximum efficiency," the company added.

In addition to the new blade, APCON also recently introduced new features of its IntellaFlex line of packet aggregation switch products at Interop New York. These products include a selection of 1RU, 2RU, 4RU, and 8RU chassis, and a variety of blades providing up to 288 configurable ports per chassis.

"APCON is dedicated to helping today’s enterprise maximize network visibility and minimize network monitoring costs," the company said. "APCON is the industry leader in packet aggregation, data filtering, port tagging, and load balancing. These capabilities are now complemented by APCON’s state-of-the-art de-duplication technology on IntellaFlex."

For more information about the new blade – including a datasheet and an advantages/cost saving market brief in PDF – head here.

Kevin Parrish is a contributing editor and writer for Tom's Hardware,Tom's Games and Tom's Guide. He's also a graphic artist, CAD operator and network administrator.

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