Only next-generation deep packet inspection software meets future network challenges
The massive increase in internet traffic and expanding technologies, such as cloud computing, the internet of things, the move to 5G and increased encryption, are challenging network connectivity and security. Deep packet inspection (DPI) is a key technology to master these challenges delivering the networks of today what they need most - intelligence. Deep packet inspection software enables monitoring network and application traffic at the packet level. In recent years, deep packet inspection tools have evolved from offering basic signature-based security mechanisms to advanced behavioral and statistical analysis tools delivering full visibility of IP-based network traffic.
With continuously evolving network protocols and applications, increasing network traffic and fast-evolving advanced threats, up-to-date deep packet inspection software is vital for classifying network traffic reliably to ensure efficient network operation and the highest security. Application awareness is key to disclosing performance bottlenecks and providing data usage insights in order to improve network performance, security and to optimize policies.
Where and why is DPI technology used?
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 tools to manage their data flows more intelligently. Deep packet inspection software can look for protocol non-compliance, spam, viruses, intrusions, or other defined criteria to decide whether the packet may pass or needs to be routed to a different destination.
DPI software can be integrated into firewalls, routers, SD-WAN solutions, IoT gateways and many other networking devices and solutions to enhance security and improve network management. Deep packet inspection software helps to reroute mission-critical enterprise applications like CRM tools, without any loss of performance, it helps to achieve a holistic view of networks to stay ahead of threats and embedding the software in wireless products such as wireless access points, switches or router enables network operators to improve the quality of experience for their customers.
The key to maintaining integrity, ensuring security and optimizing the efficiency of a multi-Gbps network is a high-performant, efficient and accurate deep packet inspection software. Our high-performant DPI engine R&S®PACE 2 delivers full visibility of IP-based network traffic in real time despite encryption and frequent application changes. Likewise, our VPP DPI engine R&S®vPACE delivers unparalleled, real-time traffic insights for virtualized and cloud-native functions (VNF/CNF) as well as 5G user plane functions (UPF) hosted and managed in the cloud. This makes deep packet inspection technology a crucial tool for advanced network management and IT security solutions.
OEM IP network monitoring and analytics by ipoque
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ipoque, a Rohde & Schwarz company, has more than 15 years of experience in OEM deep packet inspection software and IP network analytics empowering network equipment and software vendors to understand their network data by transforming raw IP data into actionable intelligence.
Encrypted traffic intelligence
As most of the internet traffic is now encrypted, reliable deep packet inspection software needs a tool kit of advanced techniques to classify network traffic. This requires traditional DPI techniques such as pattern matching to be supplemented by heuristic and statistical approaches as well as machine learning and complex algorithms developed by a team of experts. The incorporation of machine learning (ML) and deep learning (DL) in ipoque`s advanced DPI engine R&S®PACE 2 allows for Encrypted Traffic Intelligence (ETI). ETI delivers visibility for encrypted traffic and tackles the loss of traffic visibility experienced by traditional deep packet inspection methodologies. The capabilities introduced by ML and DL not only address challenges surrounding the identification of encrypted traffic but also deliver real-time traffic and application awareness for general traffic, which complements policy control engines, network packet brokers and security applications such as firewalls, web filtering and ATP systems.