Packet Design was founded with the goal of closing a critical network service assurance gap. Myriad vendor tools monitor and measure infrastructure health, bandwidth consumption, traffic composition, application response times, etc., but only Packet Design correlates the performance of critical services delivered across the network to routing behavior, in real time. When OSS/NMS dashboards are green but users are complaining of intermittent service outages or poor performance, Packet Design tells you why.
Packet Design and Matrium are enabling the self-driving networks of tomorrow. With testing and validation of designs in the lab through to next-gen analytics for millisecond by millisecond visibility into service path behavior, historical and predictive analytics in the live network, your operations environment is in good hands. Network teams are expected to deliver reliable network services. Yet brown-outs, intermittent disruptions, performance degradations, and other mysterious events still occur, and it is often difficult to determine if the problem is internal or in the service provider’s network. Our partnership helps customers plan, deploy, assure services and contain costs.
Packet Design Solutions
Route Explorer's Traffic Engineering module delivers unprecedented visibility into Resource Reservation Protocol (RSVP-TE) and Segment Routing (SR-TE) traffic engineered networks, helping network operators assure the availability and performance of critical services across TE tunnels. Packet Design’s industry-leading route analytics technology provides a comprehensive traffic engineering management solution, including real-time TE tunnel monitoring, historical analysis, interactive network modeling, and capacity planning reports. It fills an important gap in IP/MPLS network management, dramatically lowering MTTR, optimizing capex investments, and enhancing service assurance and competitiveness.
Route Explorer's VPN module overcomes a critical operational blind spot in service provider and mobile operator MPLS VPN networks by providing Layer 2 Virtual Leased Line (VLL) and Layer 3 VPN routing analysis, network-wide. It uniquely monitors, baselines, and analyzes VPN services, issuing real-time alerts on abnormal site-to-site reachability and inter-VPN privacy conditions. Network operators can immediately detect any changes in a customer’s VPN service enabling them to respond quickly, maintain high levels of customer satisfaction, and avoid SLA penalties.
Layer 2 and Layer 3 MPLS VPNs
Route Explorer is the first product to deliver end-to-end network visibility across outsourced Layer 2 and Layer 3 MPLS VPNs, helping enterprises ensure the availability, performance, and security of their wide-area networks (WAN) while keeping service providers accountable. Packet Design's industry leading route analytics technology provides an unprecedented topology view beyond the traditional boundaries of enterprise networks, encompassing both IP routing within the enterprise as well as site-to-site reachability across the MPLS VPN service. The Route Explorer MPLS VPN WAN module fills an important gap in enterprise WAN management, reducing network operations and engineering costs, while helping IT departments achieve their service quality goals.
Traffic Explorer™ provides real-time and historical views into traffic flows. In combination with Route Explorer, it delivers visibility into network-wide routing paths and traffic behavior. With Traffic Explorer, the world’s largest organizations can operate, troubleshoot, plan, and optimize their networks with unprecedented accuracy and speed. Network engineers, planners and operations teams are able to view complex IP networks as integrated systems rather than collections of discrete devices and links, enabling them to maximize IT efficiency and productivity while reducing the capital and operational expenses required to maintain top network service quality.
For network planners, architects, and engineers preparing to build next-generation, adaptive networks by leveraging SDN technologies, Packet Design's unique mapping of service traffic to path, predictive traffic models, and vendor agnostic orchestration capabilities, are key enablers.
Performance Explorer collects and reports SNMP-based performance data (e.g. availability, CPU, memory, latency, packet loss, jitter, etc.) from all network devices under management. Working in combination with Route Explorer and Traffic Explorer, Performance Explorer completes the industry’s first unified, path-aware network service assurance solution, and complements existing SNMP tools.
Explorer SDN Platform
The Explorer SDN Path Provisioning application is built on Packet Design’s SDN Platform. Like the SDN Traffic Engineering application, it leverages the Platform’s vendor-agnostic IP/MPLS telemetry and analytics to give network operators powerful automated service provisioning capabilities. With Packet Design’s SDN Path Provisioning application, service providers can quickly and easily create a catalog of transport services that can be used to automate fulfillment of subscriber requests. Constraints may be applied to address a variety of path provisioning use cases, such as diversity, low latency, disaster recovery and data sovereignty.
Traffic ENgineering (SDN-TE)
The Explorer SDN Traffic Engineering (SDN-TE) application is an example of the intelligent, software-controlled orchestration capabilities that can be achieved with the Explorer SDN Platform. The SDN-TE application leverages the Platform’s rich network telemetry and analytics to automate the difficult and time-consuming task of balancing IP/MPLS network loads. It does this by creating Resource Reservation Protocol (RSVP-TE) or Segment Routing (SR-TE) tunnels to shift traffic from heavily-congested links to lightly-used links. This results in better overall use of network resources and smoother service delivery. The SDN-TE application taps into several components of the Explorer SDN Platform, including real-time IGB/BGP routing telemetry, traffic matrices, a policy-based path computation and optimization engine, and an interface to SDN controllers. Like all applications built on the Platform, it accesses these components via open, RESTful APIs.