CPacket, a decade-old performance monitoring company, added some features today that target the specialized needs of the financial sector and service providers.
The company’s hardware enables users to receive real-time analytics and forensics. The company’s hallmark has been speed; some performance monitoring systems have trouble reaching speeds higher than 10 Gb/s, but cPacket claims it can deliver analytics at 40 Gb/s and has a roadmap 100 Gb/s.
Its new features, cNat and cBurst, target companies that have critical networks such as financial companies and service providers that depend on fast networks, says Jim Berkman, senior director of marketing.
CBurst lets users monitor up to 1,000 streams of data at a 1 ms resolution. This enables users to detect microbursts as they are happening, which many times can be predictive of a network outage, Berkman says.
Berkman adds that most monitoring companies can observe streams of data in seconds instead of milliseconds.
Performance matters because financial markets and trading behavior can cause sudden surges in traffic levels. Companies with “critical networks” depend on UDP streaming to share pricing data globally and can lose millions of dollars if the stream is dropped.
CNat, an addition to the cPacket Intelligent Monitoring Fabric, offers real-time IP address compliance for service providers by correlating external IP addresses with internal addresses. This allows for an individual user’s IP address to be identifiable, protecting against compliance overreach. Without this tool, authorities are unable to identify who is hacking or causing a problem, Berkman says.
This tool cannot identify malicious activity but gives the correlation when it is asked for, and allows law enforcement to identify the source causing the activity.