APCON

APCON develops innovative, scalable technology solutions to enhance network monitoring, support IT traffic analysis, and streamline IT network management and security. APCON delivers state-of-the-art IT data aggregation, filtering, and network switching products, as well as leading-edge management software.

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Multi Function Features

Enterprise Network Aggregation and Filtering Switches

 

 

Multi Stage Filtering

 

APCON’s unique Multi Stage Filtering provides pinpoint accuracy in delivering data to your network monitoring and network security tools. The all-new filter stack allows you to specify exactly which packets are to be delivered to each egress port on the aggregation switch. This technology means that oversubscribed ports and dropped packets are a thing of the past. Multi Stage Filtering technology is included in IntellaFlex Chassis and Blades at no extra charge.

 

  • Monitor 10G and 40G Links with 1G Tools
  • Filtering at Full Line Rate
  • Increase Tool Efficiency – Save Money

 

 



Multi Stage Filtering supports the following features:

  • Included on IntellaFlex switches and blades
  • Intuitive graphical interface



Multi-Stage Filtering

 
Use Case Scenarios

 

Packet Duplication

 

Redundant copies of packets are recorded from many monitoring points across a network and can overload network monitoring tools. Eliminating duplicate packets increases recordable network time, providing greater visibility.

 

Packet Deduplication eliminates copies before they arrive at the monitoring tools. It is important to note however, that an identical packet is not necessarily exactly the same bit for bit. Therefore, any deduplication solution must have configurable parameters to define duplicate packets for different monitoring scenarios.

 

Packet deduplication:

 

  • Examines every packet
  • Configurable deduplication parameters
  • Line rate operation
  • Wide discovery time window
  • Reduced load on network monitoring tools
  • Ability to use tools incapable of processing duplicate packets
  • Increased monitoring efficiency
  • Longer recordable network time window

 

 

Protocol Stripping to Accommodate Diverse Traffic Types

 

Large data centers often carry a wide range of traffic types, including some traffic encapsulated for transport across the enterprise’s Ethernet network. However, some traffic analysis tools do not support all encapsulation types, or monitoring performance may be negatively affected when they do support broader types.

 

Protocols such as VLAN, VLAN Q-in-Q, FabricPath, MPLS, VXLAN, GPRS, and GTP are used in various network configurations to encapsulate the Ethernet data to help build highly scalable multipath networks. Such networks are particularly suitable for large virtualized deployments, private clouds, and high-performance computing environments. IntellaFlex Multi Function blades include advanced protocol stripping features to ensure diagnostic tools have complete network visibility and operate at maximum efficiency.

 

Many network monitoring tools analyze only layer 2, layer 3 and sometimes part of layer 4 information. Some tools only analyze the header. Despite these limitations, tools must still manage the entire packet. This creates an unnecessary load on the tool, reducing the capacity and effectiveness of that tool.

 

Protocol Stripping — Network diagram for Cisco FabricPath.



Protocol Stripping — Application diagram for FabricPath data

 

Packet Slicing

 

Many network monitoring tools analyze only layer 2, layer 3 and sometimes part of layer 4 information. Some tools only analyze the header. Despite these limitations, tools must still manage the entire packet. This creates an unnecessary load on the tool, reducing the capacity and effectiveness of that tool.

 

APCON's packet slicing can be performed either at ingress or egress. This creates flexibility in configuring your packet slicing solution. The ability to slice on either ingress or egress allows sharing of the packet payload with other tools by slicing at egress, or you can fully optimize your traffic through the switch by slicing on ingress.

Packet Slicing — Optimizes network data for analysis tools.

 

Time Stamping

 

In stock exchange and other automated trading environments, network latency is expressed as the delay induced as a transaction packet traverses the network. In this environment, millisecond-level delays can have a profound effect on a trader's results. Financial companies operating high speed trading networks must measure network latency to prove they are providing the lowest possible latency to traders.

 

The network latency test solution is to monitor each packet several times as it traverses the trading network, and stamp each monitored instance of a packet with an accurate and precise time as it enters the network monitoring switch. By comparing the timestamps on a given packet at several points in the network, total transactional latency can be determined.


Time Stamping — Time stamps incoming data with exact times for analysis tools.