August 28, 2008

Endace Enhances NinjaProbe Appliance

Endace, a provider of network monitoring solutions, has enhanced its NinjaProbe appliance that allows the platform to capture, store and replay network traffic at speeds approaching 10Gb/s.

These capabilities permit network operators to replay events on their network exactly as they occurred, providing the ability to recreate real network scenarios, identify the cause and effect of alarm conditions, load and test networking and security equipment and actively study user experiences for services like video on demand. Until now, testing has relied on expensive equipment to generate synthetic test patterns; an approach that does not reflect real world traffic conditions and therefore fails to allow for proper network optimization.

According to the company, deployed as consolidated monitoring equipment and driving a full range of preferred monitoring applications, NinjaProbe is deployed by network operations and security officers alike, unobtrusively monitoring every packet on network links, writing a copy of each packet to system memory and simultaneously adding a time stamp with nano-second granularity. With on-board storage now expandable to 128Tb, NinjaProbe can store days, weeks and even months of monitored data.

Stephen Gleave, vice president of marketing at Endace, said: "While customers are already familiar with NinjaProbe's wire-speed traffic capture capabilities, our addition of synchronized traffic replay, even across multiple probes, adds a new dimension to network monitoring and trouble-shooting. After precisely time-stamping every captured packet, NinjaProbe can now accurately replay stored data while maintaining inter-packet delay intervals, guaranteeing recreation of the originally monitored traffic."