Today is our final installment in our ongoing series of uses cases for the ATLAS-1000 platform; this week we will discuss Inline Deep Packet Inspection (DPI).
Of the various use cases we have discussed, this one is unique in that it operates on live traffic as it flows across a network. This contrasts with the other use cases which operate on replicated or mirrored traffic. One critical requirement for live traffic is optical bypass or in the words the ability to bypass the ATLAS appliance all together in the case of power loss or other hardware failure. In these unlikely failure scenarios, the ATLAS simply becomes a “bump in the wire” whereby traffic just seamlessly flows into and out of it without being impeded.
As a DPI appliance the platform is used to limit or completely eliminate certain application traffic (e.g. Skype) within or between networks. The appliance is configured with the specific applications that are to be limited or blocked. The deep packet inspection software which is installed on the platform, analyzes traffic to identify application type and the Accolade flow classification feature is used to monitor, block or redirect the identified traffic.
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