Software IP probe shortens time to market for network analytics

Network analytics vendors can innovate faster and shorten time to market, says Rohde & Schwarz, introducing its software IP probe Net Sensor OEM at the Mobile World Congress, Los Angeles (South Hall, stand 2024 – 22 to 24 October).

The flexible and scalable OEM network probe meets the demands of network analytics and cybersecurity vendors, says the company, as well as those of system integrators. The IP probe is based on deep packet inspection (DPI) technology and designed for network analytics vendors who are dealing with growing traffic rates and stagnating budgets at a time when the communications industry demands customised use cases. Building your own IP probing system can be inefficient, or worse, risky and yet many third-party IP probes require high integration and adaptation efforts. Rohde & Schwarz offers the OEM software IP probe to vendors, allowing them to include customised probing functionalities without development efforts, time or money.

The Pace 2 DPI engine and fast packet-processing library are at the core of Net Sensor OEM. Vendors obtain real-time visibility into both plain and encrypted network traffic, as well as information on traffic KPIs. Weekly signature updates ensure that traffic classification is up-to-date. User and control plane correlation allows resolving network data at the subscriber level and gaining insights into subscriber behaviour for analytics use cases.

There are optional modules like a GUI, a database or additional aggregation and correlation functions which can be added on demand and adapted to individual use cases.

There are also mobile, fixed line and pcap support, granular reports in real time or aggregated values as big data input, depending on the deployment. Scalable up to several Tbits per second, the Net Sensor OEM offers a single reporting interface, even in deployments with multiple probes.

The IP has open APIs, flexible data export functions and dedicated technical support teams for seamless integrations, says Rohde & Schwarz. It adds that the installation is cost-efficient thanks to COTS hardware and virtualisation.

“We understand the needs of network software and equipment vendors,” said Dirk Czepluch, CEO at ipoque. “Developing probing functionalities in-house takes a lot of time and effort. We have 14 years of experience in IP traffic analytics and gladly offer our expertise as a customizable solution which allows vendors to save costs and turn network data into intelligence.”

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