cPacket Expands Service Provider Offering with cNAT – IP Address Resolution Compliance
cPacket Becomes First to Provide Real-time IP Correlation for Service Provider Networks
SAN JOSE, CA – July 11, 2016 – cPacket Networks, a leading provider of next-generation network performance monitoring and analysis solutions, today announced the expansion of its service provider solutions portfolio with the introduction of cNAT. This breakthrough feature provides real-time IP Address Resolution Compliance for service providers, by correlating traffic from both sides of a carrier-grade gateway (CGG), allowing an individual user’s IP address to be identifiable when Network Address Translation (NAT) is used.
cNAT alleviates compliance challenges that are inherent to the use of NAT, which hinders authorities from identifying users by their external IP addresses when potential malicious activity has been identified. cNAT also protects against potential compliance over-reach, as the correlation is performed without the need to harvest all subscriber data for post-analysis.
The need for solutions such as cNAT has increased exponentially with the proliferation of VoIP and VoLTE by service providers. cNAT is cPacket’s response to the growing regulatory demands on service providers when using Network Address Translation. A carrier grade gateway allows private networks to connect to the Internet securely, while preventing external users on the Internet from initiating a connection with that private network. However, by implementing NAT, it also obscures the identity of the private network users. For instance, one external IP address could be shared by several thousand individual users’ internal IP addresses. cNAT is the first solution to close this gap by providing correlation of the internal and external IP addresses in real-time, allowing external user activity to be identifiable to the specific mobile subscriber, and in turn enabling law enforcement agencies to identify the source when there is suspect activity.
“Before today, service providers have had difficulty meeting the new compliance standards for IP Address Resolution, such as IPAR in the UK,” said cPacket CEO Brendan O’Flaherty. “cNAT provides our customers with a cost-effective and easily deployable solution that enables compliance, while also delivering line-rate performance monitoring to ensure end-user quality of experience.”
cNAT is the latest addition for service providers to the cPacket Intelligent Monitoring Fabric, a platform designed to help large-scale network operators identify and overcome issues in real-time, whether related to performance, anomalies or security. The ability to monitor network traffic in real-time at line-rate speeds of 10Gbps or higher has become a challenge for many traditional performance monitoring solutions, as network traffic growth has outpaced their ability analyze traffic.
Without using a Distributed Monitoring Architecture, such as that from cPacket Networks, network operators are forced to rely on packet capture with post-analysis, which is expensive and has inherent scalability issues; or the use of a monitoring aggregation switch network, which can unexpectedly drop traffic or introduce data anomalies into the monitoring environment.
“The explosion of end points on service provider networks, whether they are using VoLTE, streaming video or messaging apps, has resulted in the creation of an immense number of IP addresses world-wide, which today require Network Address Translation. This creates compliance challenges, as well as budget concerns, as carriers increasingly must provide correlation back to a specific user, while not over-reaching to other customer’s data,” said Jim Duffy, Senior Networking Analyst, 451 Research. “cNAT is capable of balancing both compliance challenges and budget concerns as service providers look to fulfill IP Address Resolution compliance.”
cNAT is available today, as part of cPacket’s Distributed Monitoring Architecture. For more information, please visit www.cpacket.com.
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About cPacket Networks
cPacket Networks offers next-generation performance monitoring solutions for service providers and other large network operators that are built around our innovative Distributed Monitoring Architecture. By bringing network intelligence closer to the wire, cPacket enables network operators to proactively identify problems before they negatively impact end-users, cPacket delivers real-time performance analytics at line-rate speeds up to 40Gbps and 100Gbps, and provides the broadest coverage available in the industry. By improving operational efficiency and proactively identifying problems cPacket customers are able achieve substantial OPEX and CAPEX savings. Based in Silicon Valley, CA, cPacket solutions are relied on by operators of the world’s largest service provider and enterprise networks. To learn more about cPacket Networks and its products, please visit www.cpacket.com or follow us on Twitter @cPacketNetwork.
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