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Accedian Introduces World’s First Distributed Packet Broker To Provide Comprehensive Network Visibility

Virtualized solution empowers providers to tap their entire network and gain complete visibility

Montreal, Canada – February 9, 2016 – Accedian, the end-to-end network performance experts, announced today the launch of its FlowBROKER™ solution, a disruptive technology that enables HD visibility throughout the network. It significantly enhances the efficiency, granularity, fidelity and completeness of user experience monitoring, security, policy enforcement, and compliance applications.

As networks virtualize and become more distributed and dynamic, operators must be able to react instantly to maintain Quality of Experience (QoE). An industry first, FlowBROKER™ provides pervasive, all-encompassing access to all flows, applications, layers and locations over multi-vendor networks, bringing ubiquitous and holistic insight to analyzers that otherwise only see traffic where they are located. In mobile networks — where for example 80% of call failures originate outside the core network — this amounts to the difference between detecting a problem, and resolving it.

The solution extends the reach, utility, and scale of established deep packet inspection (DPI), security, policy enforcement, and application analyzers by separating traffic access from the point of analysis — without compromising data integrity, granularity, or timing precision. It also eliminates blind spots in big data analytics systems used for real-time network optimization and subscriber insight.

“QoE measurement and management will be a key success factor for 5G,” said Patrick Lopez, CEO of {Core Analysis}. “Network automation will bring fantastic savings and agility benefits from mobile networks, but only if deployed in a measured, controlled and orchestrated fashion. Solutions such as FlowBROKER™ can significantly enhance QoE visibility and control in next generation virtualized, software-defined networks.”

The virtualized SkyLIGHT VCX Controller™ orchestrates each step of the process: defining capture filters and packet-processing rules, maintaining time synchronization between capture points, and ensuring packets captured are losslessly streamed, stored and brokered to physical or virtual appliances for analysis. Traffic is captured by NFV-based, programmable modules including Accedian’s Nano smart SFP.

“FlowBROKER™ extends Accedian’s virtualized instrumentation from network quality of service (QoS) assurance to all-layer QoE monitoring for direct insight into application performance, network behavior and user context,” explained Claude Robitaille, Accedian’s CTO. “Service providers now have access to a new level of insight that reveal how the network and its functions affect the end-user experience.”

FlowBROKER™ is integrated into the SkyLIGHT™ Performance Platform, providing highly scalable, real-time performance assurance visibility across large multi-vendor networks.

Live Demo at MWC
Accedian will demonstrate FlowBROKER™ at Mobile World Congress 2016 (booth 8.0I27) by performing live VoLTE QoE analysis employing location-aware DPI.