Industry’s Highest Time Stamping Accuracy and Capacity Achieved with APCON’s New 36-Port, 1G/10G INTELLAFLEX Blade

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Advanced services blade provides time stamping and packet slicing functionality, enabling latency measurement and reducing CAPEX and OPEX in financial network operations.

APCON 36-port Time Stamping and Packet Slicing Blade

APCON, the industry leader in intelligent network monitoring and security support solutions, today announced a breakthrough in network monitoring switch technology: the most precise and highest capacity time stamping available in an all-new, 36-port packet aggregator blade. An industry first, the 36-port 1G/10G INTELLAFLEX Time Stamping & Packet Slicing Blade incorporates packet time stamping and packet slicing in addition to the standard feature suite of APCON’s INTELLAFLEX line of intelligent network monitoring products. Heightened timing precision makes this blade ideal for financial industry service providers who must substantiate compliance with service level agreements. This blade also offers full packet aggregation, data rate conversion, port tagging, load-balancing and packet-filtering capabilities on all 36 ports.

With 36 ports of software-configurable 1G or 10G Ethernet, this INTELLAFLEX blade provides the industry’s highest time-stamping and packet-slicing port density and flexibility. This blade can be deployed in a standalone configuration or interspersed within a chassis of existing INTELLAFLEX blades. It provides unprecedented scalability– up to 288 fully capable ports in an 8-blade chassis. These capabilities position the INTELLAFLEX Time Stamping and Packet Slicing Blade as a true leading product.

When used for time stamping, this new product’s ultra-precise timing module can be synchronized using any of several industry standards, including GPS, IRIG-B, PTP or NTP time stamping at sub-10nS precision.

“We pride ourselves on designing products that not only meet the current needs of our customers, but also anticipate future demands before our customers ever encounter them,” said Richard Rauch, President and CEO of APCON. “With this new blade, the financial industry can now accurately monitor transaction latency as well as implement all the traditional INTELLAFLEX features. This is a monumental advancement to our portfolio that exceeds what our customers have been asking for.”

Time Stamping Critical for Financial and Trading Industry
Network latency is the amount of time it takes a packet to traverse a network. In the trading environment, milliseconds can be worth millions of dollars, and it is imperative that financial trading houses meet low-latency requirements to gain the most competitive edge in their trading.

"Disruptions in high-frequency computerized trading can wreak havoc, so the network latency requirements of financial trading houses grow ever more strict,” said Olga Yashkova-Shapiro, Program Manager at Frost & Sullivan “The second has been sliced into hundredths, thousandths and even billionths. This is what makes accurate time stamping so crucial and why APCON's sub-10nS blade is a much needed product for the financial industry."

Additional Security Features – Packet Slicing
While time stamping allows data center managers to confidently measure network latency, packet slicing enables substantially higher volumes of data to move through the network monitoring tools, enhancing efficiency and extending network visibility.

Through the INTELLAFLEX Time Stamping & Packet Slicing Blade, customers will have the ability to remove the packet payload in the network monitoring switch. Reduction of packet size reduces data volume and increases the efficiency of tools that are constantly challenged to manage the large data flows generated by a production data center. Second, packet slicing enhances security by providing the ability to remove private financial information from individual packets. Confidential data, such as credit card or personal medical information, is unnecessary for network performance monitoring. Eliminating that data from monitoring records helps service providers comply with privacy, security and auditing standards.

The INTELLAFLEX Time Stamping & Packet Slicing Blade is available for order and will become generally available with the next Firmware release, targeted for the end of September 2013.

About APCON

APCON develops innovative, scalable technology solutions to enhance network monitoring, support IT traffic analysis, and streamline IT network management and security. The company serves as the industry leader for state-of-the-art IT data aggregation, filtering, and network switching products, as well as leading-edge management-software support. Organizations in over 50 countries currently depend on APCON solutions in their network infrastructures. Customers include Global Fortune 500 companies, banks and financial services institutions, telecommunication and service providers, government and military organizations, and computer equipment manufacturers. For more information, visit http://www.apcon.com or follow on Twitter at @APCON.

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