SOURCE: Procera Networks

April 23, 2008 16:00 ET

Procera Networks' Evolved DPI Continues to Make the Grade With Universities Worldwide for Network Traffic Management

Eastern Illinois University, Newham College and Australian Catholic University Use PacketLogic, Leveraging Evolved DPI for Advanced Network Control and Protection

LOS GATOS, CA--(Marketwire - April 23, 2008) - Procera® Networks, Inc. (AMEX: PKT), a developer of Evolved DPI solutions providing the most accurate traffic awareness, control and protection for complex networks, today announced that its industry leading PacketLogic family of products have been deployed across three campuses of higher education: Eastern Illinois University, Newham College of Further Education (UK) and Australian Catholic University. EIU is now able to optimize network performance and manage bandwidth for more than 12,000 students, faculty and staff, while Newham is gaining visibility into network application traffic and control over non-academic use of network bandwidth to better serve more than 20,000 students. Network managers at ACU National are able to shape and prioritize IT services such as real-time IP traffic for its 14,000 students and staff.

EIU, Newham and ACU National are the latest in a string of universities that have selected Procera's advanced solution for application and network management. Procera has a particularly strong foothold in the APAC region, with 30+ universities, such as Flinders, La Trobe, Victoria and Ballarat universities in Australia, and Yonsei, Daegu and Seoul National universities in Korea.

Like most higher education institutions, EIU faces network performance issues due to dramatic increases in peer-to-peer (P2P), gaming and other recreational uses of bandwidth, as well as requirements for academic pursuits and to support business applications. Although EIU was using a legacy DPI product, rapidly changing network traffic patterns and usage led network managers to look for a more advanced traffic management solution.

"We knew immediately after the evaluation unit was installed that we had to have PacketLogic for our network," said Tim Lewis, a network engineering manager at EIU. "We found out more information about network usage in one minute than our old system could provide in a full week. PacketLogic's speed, responsiveness and intuitive user interface made it our hands-down choice for network traffic and service management."

EIU's deployment allows network managers to prioritize critical applications and limit bandwidth for recreational use during peak hours. Network managers also utilize PacketLogic's granular insight into network activity for forensics, allowing real-time identification and isolation of malware.

"Colleges and universities contend with many of the same pressures and demands for bandwidth that challenge commercial service providers, but the young demographic of student users typically leads to a much higher use of P2P and other bandwidth-intensive applications," said Jon Lindén, Procera's vice president of product management. "PacketLogic gives network managers the flexibility to allow recreational use without impeding mission-critical applications, and provides the deep network visibility needed to effectively and efficiently manage these complex networks."

One of the largest further-education colleges in the United Kingdom, Newham has two main campuses and a number of local centers in and around the London borough of Newham. While most students use the school's computer-based learning centers as resources for academic purposes, network managers grew increasingly concerned that recreational usage would quickly overwhelm bandwidth capacity and degrade quality of service. In order to gain visibility into network traffic and usage, the IT staff began investigating DPI technology.

"After investigating several DPI solutions, we selected PacketLogic based on its ability to identify and control key P2P applications, including BitTorrent and BitTorrent-encrypted clients. We were also impressed with how easy it was to install PacketLogic, and the simplicity of the user interface to manage and implement network rules," said Tony Jack, Newham's head of IT and systems. "We were quickly able to see a significant amount of recreational P2P traffic, which is against college policy, and shut it down. PacketLogic has given us peace of mind and the ability to control our network resources."

"Higher-education institutions face a delicate juggling act, balancing academic freedom to explore diverse Internet resources against the reality of bandwidth cost and quality of service," said David Green, Procera's vice president of sales for the EMEA region. "PacketLogic allows network managers to plan policies and instate rules that assure fair usage of network bandwidth resources based on time of day, application bandwidth requirements, traffic characteristics and literally thousands of other variables."

ACU National had been using a competitive product and switched to PacketLogic due to its superior system functionality, real-time view into the network, ease of use and local support. ACU National, Australia's only public Catholic university, connects its six campuses via the Australian Academic Research Network (AARNet), a subset of the Internet. As all inter-campus traffic traverses AARNet, PacketLogic has been essential in enabling the university to shape and prioritize IT services, including transactional and real-time IP traffic such as VoIP.

"PacketLogic has empowered the university with the ability to effectively manage and control Internet usage and the associated Internet traffic costs," said Wil Daniels, ACU National's IT infrastructure manager. "This has enabled us to deliver a valued service to our end users that has consistently remained in budget while managing compliance with current copyright legislation.

"While not specifically a firewall appliance, the device has provided the university with facility to quickly obtain an overview and profile of traffic patterns that has assisted it in identifying unusual traffic behavior," he added. "This has been a useful early warning system that supplements our other security tools."

About Procera Networks, Inc.

Procera Networks, Inc. delivers Evolved DPI solutions that give service providers full awareness, control and protection of their applications and networks. Its core product suite, the PacketLogic line of platforms, leverages the company's advanced identification engine, DRDL™ (Datastream Recognition Definition Language), to provide the most accurate identification of network traffic available today in real-time. PacketLogic is deployed at more than 400 broadband service providers, telcos, governments and higher education campuses worldwide. Founded in 2002, the Procera (AMEX: PKT) is based in Silicon Valley and has offices around the globe. More information is available at

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