Advanced DPI - the key technology
for future networks

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DPI technology has been an essential component of IT networks for over two decades. The volume of internet traffic, data transfer and – more importantly – the encrypted transmission of data has exponentially increased over the years. With emerging technologies, 5G, IoT/ IIoT and widespread virtualization on network and application level, DPI becomes even more important for network operation.

To meet future service demands, carriers and enterprises are not only enhancing their network infrastructure for greater speed and quality of service (QoS), but also looking for ways to manage their data flows more intelligently. The key to maintaining integrity, ensuring security and optimizing the efficiency of a multi-Gbps network is a high-performant and efficient DPI that delivers full visibility into IP-based network traffic.
ipoque ETA (Encrypted traffic analytics) delivers valuable insight into encrypted traffic while respecting data privacy. The extracted metadata allows for optimized traffic steering and classification in carrier networks.

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Only advanced DPI technology meets today’s network challenges

Only an advanced DPI technology with behavioral and statistical analysis tools can handle today's network challenges. In the field of network analytics, an advanced DPI helps to develop products to unlock value and increase revenue by better understanding subscriber behavior and application usage as well as data flows inside your network. Traffic management use cases powered by advanced DPI technology benefit from a holistic view of networks to shape them accordingly. Regarding network security, advanced DPI allows vendors to stay ahead of threats with detection techniques as sophisticated as the cyberattacks themselves. In all applications and use cases discussed, advanced DPI is a powerful tool to build a solid data foundation for machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI).

Licensing advanced DPI is a prerequisite to keep up with the dynamic changes in protocols and applications and meet high customer expectations with state-of-the-art technology. Of course, we cannot foresee future development of network trends. Even so, as application visibility will remain a prerequisite of intelligent network decisions, a future without the use of a high-performant, easy-to-use DPI engine like R&S®PACE 2 appears quite unlikely.

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As business applications are increasingly used on mobile devices, while at the same time private OTT services, such as Skype or Slack, are used for business, a growing number of employees are using their own devices in enterprise networks. The performance and availability of enterprise applications are critical to maintaining uninterrupted business processes, and even small performance issues can entail rather costly consequences. Thus, APM must increasingly widen its focus to include mobile applications as regards up-to-date policy enforcement. To ensure the right priority handling, service type recognition is essential. Here R&S®PACE 2 comes into play.

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SD-WAN products provide improved capability to manage changing network traffic patterns that result from cloud computing and new application architectures. As competition increases, SD-WAN vendors benefit from implementing DPI software, which provides application visibility as the driving factor for dynamic path selection, application performance management and advanced security. All of these are crucial elements that make SD-WAN vendors stand out from the competition.

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vEPC/ 5G core

In the times of 5G, industry 4.0 and the upcoming internet of things (IoT), CSPs increasingly require the implementation of vEPC technology and efficient routing of data. DPI-based solutions help vendors obtain the scale necessary to accommodate growing numbers of subscribers and large amounts of traffic or connections. At the same time, they contribute to controlling costs and improve the quality of experience (QoE) for their customers. DPI plays a vital role for vEPC and 5G core vendors when it comes to adding value to their solutions and asserting their market position successfully.

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Threat intelligence

Threat intelligence and SIEMs are widely deployed by security analysts to protect sensitive network assets from the most advanced cyber threats. With about 7 billion internet-connected devices (according to data from IoT Analytics) next generation SIEMs need to tackle latest security breaches with advanced analtytics. However, SOCs today often lack the right forensic visibility. DPI adds valuable information, which can be accessed in real time. By using DPI technology to extract network metadata like referring party, session cookies, server codes, as well as extensive TCP metrics, behavior is identified more easily. This leads to better forensic investigations and more accurate alerts.

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In the era of cloud applications, network firewalls have to be more than just security devices. They must also ensure users have uninterrupted network availability and robust access to cloud-hosted applications. DPI is the key technology they need to become the crucial factor in ensuring availability and security on distributed networks. DPI can search for protocol non-compliance, viruses, spam, intrusions, or defined criteria to decide whether the packet may pass or if it needs to be routed to a different destination. This makes it a critical tool for advanced IT security.

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Today’s WAPs must offer high-performance wireless connectivity tailored to fit customer needs. Through DPI technology, WAP vendors can now deliver enterprise-class WiFi with the highest levels of performance and enhanced reporting capability. The flexible and customizable R&S®PACE 2 software simplifies integration of both, new and legacy products. The DPI software allows WAP providers to monetize Wi-Fi networks via enhanced real-time monitoring capabilities that enforce QoS based on dynamic networkconditions to prevent Wi-Fi congestion, enforce usage rules for personal devices once they are on the network and strengthen network security measures.

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Advanced IP probes

In a world of increasing network convergence, where customer expectations and demands continue to grow, optimal network performance and quality are crucial. To guarantee the best quality of experience (QoE) and service (QoS), and to provide technologies needed to manage network expansion and control, real-time network and subscriber analytics is key. With an advanced monitoring solution including ipoque´s leading DPI engine RS®PACE 2, your customers will get all information about IP traffic communication and always know who is doing what in their network. Detailed real-time IP traffic classification and metadata extraction within your IP-probe improves the effectiveness of an entire network ecosystem and can help your customers to accelerate their business.

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