SOURCE: Arbor Networks

October 01, 2007 09:00 ET

Arbor Networks Peakflow SP 4.0 Delivers an Unmatched Combination of Network-Wide Security, Visibility, Traffic Analysis and Mitigation

LEXINGTON, MA--(Marketwire - October 1, 2007) - Arbor Networks, a leading provider of network security and operational performance for global business networks, announced today an updated and expanded version of the Peakflow SP platform ("Peakflow SP"), which improves network security and operational performance for more than 70% of the world's service provider networks. Peakflow SP 4.0 combines pervasive, cost-effective network-wide visibility with deep application insight and analysis of critical network traffic, services and applications -- providing a unified solution for ensuring the availability of next-generation services. Peakflow SP is delivering a unique combination of security, visibility and policy enforcement in a single box.

"Peakflow SP has a very robust set of capabilities beyond providing network security. We also leverage the product extensively for traffic analysis and capacity planning," said Mick Creane, security expert with BT. "Using Arbor's Peakflow SP in conjunction with its Threat Management System provides a high level of integration between the detection and mitigation processes against Internet-based attacks. It provides a highly effective approach to filtering out malicious traffic without interrupting the flow of legitimate traffic to enterprise customers."

"Peakflow SP is the first provider-class product for combined flow and deep packet inspection (DPI)-based threat analysis and mitigation," said Rob Malan, Arbor Networks co-founder and chief technology officer. "Peakflow SP is a comprehensive solution that offers the ability to monitor and regulate the flow of critical applications across an entire service provider network. We are also helping providers make more intelligent business decisions, reduce costs, surgically mitigate threats and improve customer service."

Peakflow SP provides real-time, network-wide anomaly detection and reporting of routing and traffic patterns across the entire network. Peakflow SP helps providers understand and visualize threats on their network, whether they stem from an attack, misconfiguration or the longer-term impact of changes in network utilization. Providers can quickly determine the root cause of changes, which may be the result of new applications, customers and/or violations in usage policy. Providers also have the ability to evaluate peering relationships and optimize transit speed.

Peakflow SP 4.0 contains several new features that empower providers to better protect and manage their most valuable asset, the network.

New Threat Management System Models

Arbor's Threat Management System (TMS), which provides carrier-class, deep packet inspection, has been met with broad market acceptance by service providers because it enables them to effectively manage and control rapidly evolving applications in their networks; such as voice, video, data, messaging, file sharing, web, mail, etc. Arbor is now offering a range of TMS models to meet the diverse deployment needs of providers and to enable new product uses, which may range from DDOS mitigation to flow generation.

--  TMS 1200 -- A 1 RU appliance, capable of supporting 1.5 Gbps of
    surgical mitigation, designed to be deployed in dedicated customer and edge
    POP scenarios.
--  TMS 2200 -- A 2 RU appliance, capable of supporting 1.5 Gbps of
    surgical mitigation, designed to be deployed in dedicated customer and edge
    POP scenarios which require NEBS compliance.
--  TMS 2700 -- A 2 RU appliance, capable of supporting 3-8 Gbps of
    surgical mitigation, designed to be deployed in regional Scrubbing Centers,
    large Peering POPs and next to critical network infrastructure.

Application Intelligence

Application Intelligence was developed to augment the Peakflow SP platform's traditional flow-based pervasive network visibility with new application-layer intelligence required to secure and manage critical business applications. Provider customers can now understand what applications are running on their network, profile application network behavior, and detect and report on application traffic violations, thus reducing down-time and problem resolution.

BI Device

A new, fully integrated component of Peakflow SP, Arbor's BI device increases scalability, provides redundancy and improves the overall breadth and depth of network-wide visibility, allowing providers to make more informed "Next Generation Network" business decisions, reduce costs, increase revenues and maintain customer satisfaction.

Other enhancements to Peakflow SP 4.0 include:

-- Enhancements to Reporting & Alerting
     -- More intuitive, flexible, customer-focused network,
        application and DDoS reports and alerts.
     -- Improved ability to detect and mitigate threats, optimize IP
        service performance, and increase managed service revenue.
-- Improvements to TMS Mitigation Workflow
     -- Simplified TMS management and expanded deployment scenarios
        improve DDoS detection, surgical mitigation, reporting and
        potential for managed services.

About Arbor Networks

Arbor Networks delivers core-to-core network security and operational performance for global business networks. Arbor's Network Behavioral Analysis (NBA) solutions are based on the Arbor Peakflow platform, providing real-time views of network activity, which enable organizations to instantly protect against worms, DDoS attacks, insider misuse, and traffic and routing instability, as well as to segment and harden networks from future threats. Today, Arbor Networks' customer base is comprised of a broad range of service provider and enterprise customers within a variety of industries spanning the globe, demonstrating the depth and breadth of the company's security expertise. All rely on the Arbor Peakflow platform to prevent costly downtime, enable network cleanup and increase customer trust.

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