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LMTV with Christian Ferenz - Why you need a modern Packet Broker – The evolution of Packet Broker fe

LMTV special with Christian Ferenz

Why you need a modern Packet Broker?

Special focus on the evolution of Packet Broker features and how they enhance network performance and security monitoring

In today’s world of large and complex networks, enterprises and carriers often find it challenging, if not overwhelming, to manage their networks, minimise outages, and troubleshoot performance issues. All data centres and enterprises MUST look to secure and manage their growing network traffic demands, improve productivity, and reduce MTTR by having complete network visibility. An estimate from Gartner reveals the hourly cost of downtime for computer networks at $42,000.

Here are some more figures for network downtime.

  • 98% of organisations say a single hour of downtime costs over $100,000

  • 81% of respondents indicated that 60 minutes of downtime costs their business over $300,000

  • 33% of those enterprises reported that one hour of downtime costs their firms $1-5 million

*Source: Information Technology Intelligence Consulting Research

Network outages can result in millions of dollars per hour losses. A lack of visibility can lead to domain-based 'blame games' between different operational departments; Network Engineers pointing the finger at the Security Team while they, in turn, are holding the Developers accountable. When each department is collecting information from their own individual sources that data can be confusing and contradictory because no one has the complete picture. Network outages and network downtime are costly for business because its real value is much more than you see.

A Network Packet Broker (NPB) is necessary to ensure that everyone has complete access to the network and that every monitoring and security tool has all of the data required to properly perform its function. Network Packet Brokers have traditionally been used to aggregate and distribute network traffic to various network appliances; filtering and load-balancing the traffic to optimize it for each tool’s requirements. Handling network traffic at OSI Layers 2-4 has been instrumental for organizations in avoiding costly downtime and gaining the visibility and insight needed to deal with sluggish application performance, unexpected outages, security issues, and network failures.

As modern networks continue to evolve, with exponentially growing bandwidth speeds and increasingly distributed infrastructure, so too must the Network Packet Broker evolve. An increasing number of monitoring requirements are no longer sufficiently addressed by L2-4 filtering criteria so a more advanced and granular approach must be taken to handle network traffic at the Session layer and above. This is the need that Cubro’s cutting-edge EXA platform and next-generation G5 Packet Brokers were designed to fulfill.

Visibility!! Easy and accurate Focused Visibility… If you cannot see, you will never know, Our Motto!!

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