CASE STUDY:

Company Revitalizes Product Line With Flow Shunting

Network traffic can be captured and recorded for many different purposes including forensic analysis (security), troubleshooting (network performance monitoring) and to meet government or industry regulations (compliance). Captured traffic is stored on disk (typically 10s of terabytes or more) and the data is accessed by various software tools for analysis, reporting and playback.

Learn how a mid-sized company offering network traffic recording appliances decreased costs and revitalized their product line by replacing their existing FPGA-based technology with Accolade’s ANIC-40Ku, 4 x 10GE adapter. The ANIC-40Ku’s unique flow shunting capability eliminated the processing of unwanted traffic flows and reduced disk space requirements which positively affected their bottom line.

The Problem: The traffic recorder product line was languishing due to 1) cost and 2) lack of unique feature(s).

The Solution: Flow Shunting

  • Reduce product cost for network traffic recording product line
  • Implement compelling new feature to help revitalize traffic recording product line

Flow Shunting offered at least three competitive advantages:

  • Cost Savings: due to entire classes of traffic (e.g. video in general or specific types of video such as NetFlix) being eliminated, available disk space for each appliance could be reduced by 25%, with no loss in efficacy.
  • Preserve Valuable CPU Cycles: the available CPU in each appliance didn’t have to be upgraded (or in some cases could be downgraded) because the flow shunting feature dropped some network traffic before it ever reached the application for processing.
  • Offer Customers a Compelling New Feature: by combining deep packet inspection (DPI) software with flow shunting, the company’s traffic recorder gave customers the ability to reliably and efficiently filter in or out specific applications.

About Accolade

Accolade is the technology leader in FPGA-based Host CPU Offload and 100% Packet Capture PCIe NIC’s and Scalable 1U Platforms. Accolade’s line of 1-100GE products enable 100% packet capture, flow classification, flow shunting, deduplication, packet filtering and more. Our customers are global leaders in network monitoring & cybersecurity applications as well as in the network test and measurement, telecom and video stream monitoring markets.

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100% Packet Capture | Flow Classification | Flow Shunting | Precise Time Stamping | Packet Merging | Packet Slicing | Packet Parsing | Packet Filtering | Deduplication | Host Packet Buffer | Packet Steering | Direct Memory Access (DMA) | Statistics (RMON1)

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