Procera Networks delivers Internet Intelligence solutions based on Deep Packet Inspection technology. Procera's PacketLogic solutions are used by Enterprises, Carriers, Broadband Providers and Higher Education institutions for high performance, scalable Intelligent Policy Enforcement and Application Delivery Networking deployments. PacketLogic solutions are deployed with customers in over 65 countries worldwide who value the unparalleled accuracy and performance of the PacketLogic solution.
- PacketLogic solutions are deployed for multiple analytics, network optimization, service personalization, and intelligent charging use cases for Fixed, Mobile, and Wireless Network Operators.
- Procera Embedded solutions are used by Enterprise Security, Enterprise and Carrier Wi-Fi, Mobile Infrastructure, Enterprise and Service Provider Routers, Data Center infrastructure and Security and Network Probe vendors to embed Network Intelligence in their solutions.
Cloud-based services and Software Defined Networking are blurring the line between enterprises and service provider networks. Consumers are increasingly taking advantage of “Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)” policies within enterprises, and are accessing content from multiple devices and networks, both as a consumer and as a telecommuter. Network operators are expected to deliver consistent services across all access infrastructures, and enterprises are looking for greater visibility and control over the security of their networks. The expectations of consumers for a high quality of experience are sky high, as they have come to depend on these cloud services – whether it is for Video Services, photo sharing, or synchronization of their media libraries with services like iCloud or Dropbox. Network operators are struggling to meet these expectations within their current capital budgets. The growing volume of traffic on both enterprises and ISPs networks require a greater level of network intelligence that can only be provided through solutions that provide context for data – it is not enough to only provide broad classifications like “Web Browsing” or “facebook.com” for analytics and control.
We call this Internet Intelligence, and we believe that this intelligence needs to be spread “everywhere” throughout networks everywhere. Network operators without intelligence will not be able to effectively compete with competitors that possess greater visibility into the trends driving usage and value to consumers and enterprises using their broadband connections. Broadband providers and mobile enterprises must be able to adapt to changes in user behaviors and new applications by rapidly creating new services and business models that deliver a higher quality of service to their subscribers. With new devices and applications being launched regularly, time to market is critical. The demands on performance and scalability in this highly mobile environment will strain and break broadband infrastructures and deplete available resources unless they are managed intelligently.
Additionally, the demand for cost effective solutions has driven network operators to investigate virtualized solutions that leverage the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) standard group. NFV has the potential to be a game changer for network operators, as it removes costs, optimizes space and power consumption, and speeds time to market for new services. With NFV, network operators have the ability to deploy Internet Intelligence further into the network, and even opportunistically as required to meet short term needs as well as strategically for new service launches without a full scale hardware roll-out.
But NFV is not the answer to solve all of the problems of needing “Intelligence Everywhere”, as in a software defined networking world, intelligence needs to be spread throughout the network. As a result, many vendor are attempting to add “DPI” functionality to their product or solution portfolio. However, DPI is a highly specialized function, and evolving constantly to keep up with the changing application and content landscape. Many network equipment vendors and telecom equipment manufacturers are looking for packaged solutions in this area rather than trying to build solutions from scratch, and want a brand name that has a reputation for accuracy. Procera delivers the best DPI engine through our embedded solutions, enabling consistent application visibility from end-to-end throughout enterprise and ISP networks.
First, meeting consumer and enterprise expectations requires superior awareness to ensure that the right Quality of Experience is delivered to consumers based on their location, device, and application usage. Procera's solutions provide unparalleled visibility through our traffic classification engine and our OEM solutions and the interaction with our PacketLogic Subscriber Manager (PSM), which delivers the industry's most comprehensive subscriber, location, and device awareness.
Second, Broadband providers trying to keep pace with the changes in Internet Intelligence require detailed analysis of trends in consumer behavior. Procera's PacketLogic Intelligence Center (PIC) with PacketLogic Report Studio ensures that Marketing and Finance departments understand what applications are most prevalent among your user base, where those applications are utilized most frequently, and how changes in service plans affect network congestion. PIC delivers succinct, digestible, and customizable reports that drive profitable services and efficient network management.
Finally, through Intelligent Policy Enforcement, Procera's solutions provide superior control options for broadband network operators for service creation and congestion management with the PacketLogic Real-Time Enforcement solutions. Unlike competitive options that are one-size fits all, PacketLogic is designed for maximum implementation flexibility, and can be customized for each deployment to fit the business, financial, and regulatory needs of each network operator.
Procera's IPE solutions enable broadband providers to support more subscribers and services on their network than other alternatives, because our solutions are the highest performing and most scalable policy enforcement systems available. Procera IPE solutions support deeper levels of awareness and over twice as many applications as our competition, enabling richer services to be offered to consumers. And since all of these solutions are available as Virtual Platforms, network operators have maximum deployment flexibility.
Procera's Intelligent Policy Enforcement solutions are powered by our four main solutions:
The PacketLogic Subscriber Manager (PSM) integrates PacketLogic with network management and operation systems including AAA, OSS, BSS, provisioning, and policy management solutions. This enables policy enforcement, per-user tracking, also known as user awareness, as well as knowledge of where in the network the user connects, i.e. location awareness. The PSM is also used as the hub for service provisioning, including 3GPP-based PCC services, Advanced Traffic Steering, and Carreir Grade NAT. User awareness can be leveraged to create personalized offerings that attract new customers, minimize churn, and increase ARPU through value-add services. Location awareness makes it possible to resolve, or even avoid, congestion, enhancing the user-experience. It can also control roaming costs through automatic policy enforcement. The PSM is available on an entry-level PL1215, a mid-range PL1425, and the high end PL1435 as well as the Virtual Platform option.
The PacketLogic Intelligence Center (PIC) with PacketLogic Report Studio provides the visualization of the application and subscriber intelligence gathered by deployed PacketLogic systems. Leveraging the subscriber and location awareness provided by the PSM and the application intelligence provided by the PRE, the PIC is able to present a wealth of information to the network operator based on the behavior of their network. The intelligence can be presented in a multi-dimensional format, with per user, application, location, and device views available for business intelligence and planning. The PIC gives network managers access to relevant network traffic intelligence that enables network optimization, creation of appealing services and protection against malicious behavior. There are multiple PIC platforms, from the entry-level PL1210 and PL1220, to the high end PL1421 and PL1422, to the Virtual Platform option.
The PacketLogic Real-Time Enforcement platforms (PRE) utilize multiple hardware platforms, including a Virtual Platform option, that run the same operating software. Each of the platforms offer consistent feature richness enabled by the PacketLogic software, including policy enforcement, attack mitigation, charging, Advanced Traffic Steering, and Carrier Grade NAT. The PacketLogic hardware platforms offer a range of configurations from the entry-level 5 Gbps PL7810 in a compact 1RU system. The mid-range PL8720 is a 2RU unit with up to 15 Gbps throughput. At the top of the line are the PL8820 with 30 Gbps, the PL8920 with 50 Gbps throughput and the PL8960 with 70 Gbps throughput, all appliances come in a compact 2RU form factor, and the PL10024 with capacity up to 120 Gbps and support for 10M subscribers per system. The PL100024 is a 13/14RU modular AdvancedTCA (ATCA) chassis solution. The newest addition to the PacketLogic family is the PL20000, the industry's first 100GE capable Intelligent Policy enforcement (IPE) platform, a 14/15RU AC/DC combination system with support for up 320 Gbps of throughput in a single system, and multi-system performance scaling up to 5 Tbps. The Virtual Platform PRE scales up according to the amount of CPU and memory available to the system, so can perform at a wide range of throughout and scalability.
Procera Embedded Solutions: Procera's Embedded DPI Engine, the Network Application Visibility Library (NAVL), delivers a next-generation Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) software engine that provides real-time, Layer-7 classification of network traffic. It uses a combination of deep packet and deep flow inspection techniques to accurately identify today’s most common applications including Mobile, Social Networking, P2P, Instant Messaging, File Sharing, Enterprise and Web 2.0 application. Procera quickly and accurately classifies all major network-delivered enterprise and consumer applications and sub-applications, enabling network equipment vendors to differentiate business-critical from non-critical applications. It even distinguishes among the voice, video, chat and file transfer capabilities of most social applications. Procera provides a steady stream of real-time, up-to-date classification additions and updates, and custom signatures can also be created using a real-time definition API, allowing customers to extend the capabilities to meet their specific needs.