SOURCE: BreakingPoint Systems

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December 01, 2010 10:38 ET

BreakingPoint Introduces Facebook Emulation to Help Organizations Determine the Impact of the Social Network on IT Infrastructure Performance and Security

With Nearly 7% of Enterprise Business Traffic Going to Facebook, Today's Organizations Must Validate the Performance, Security and Stability -- Resiliency -- of Their Network and Data Center Infrastructure Under These Conditions

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - December 1, 2010) - BreakingPoint announced today the ability to emulate tens of millions of concurrent users logging onto and using Facebook®, from posting videos to playing "FarmVille™." The BreakingPoint Storm Cyber Tomography Machine (CTM) adds Facebook emulation to a library of 130-plus applications and more than 4,500 security attacks in order to accurately measure the performance, security and stability of carrier, enterprise and government networks and data centers. BreakingPoint is now offering a free evaluation of the BreakingPoint Storm CTM to qualified companies, enabling them to determine the direct impact of Facebook on the performance and security of their IT infrastructure.

Facebook consuming business network bandwidth: Can your business handle it?
Facebook has become a familiar online destination, boasting 500 million users and surpassing Google as the most visited website(1). The impact of Facebook is being felt by global enterprises as they watch 4.5% of network bandwidth consumed by the social network(2). Global enterprises and carriers are now asking:

  • What impact is Facebook bandwidth consumption having on the performance of business-critical applications such as VoIP or even e-commerce transactions?
  • What will happen to the stability of my business network if there is a sudden and sharp increase in traffic to Facebook, and could that put our Quality of Service policies in jeopardy?
  • Is my business in danger from the increasing proliferation of malware coming through Facebook?
  • Can the data loss prevention (DLP) devices we put in place detect sensitive corporate information being fed out through Facebook?

Facebook is a complex application allowing for video streaming, instant messaging and gaming, as well as an ideal platform for the distribution of the latest security attacks(3). And the worry goes beyond simply load. Businesses need to also validate the efficacy of content-aware Deep Packet Inspection devices including DLP solutions that must detect someone posting critical business information, say, credit card numbers, to a network such as Facebook.

BreakingPoint emulates Facebook traffic to optimize business networks and data centers
"Most businesses treat Facebook as merely a website when it comes to measuring the impact on the network," said Dennis Cox, BreakingPoint CTO and co-founder. "In truth, it is a complex ecosystem of application protocols helping to serve up status updates, gaming, chat functionality and much more. The use of Facebook over corporate networks is having an impact on overall network performance and security. Ignoring this potential problem is no longer acceptable."

About BreakingPoint
BreakingPoint is the standard by which the world's governments, enterprises and service providers measure and harden the resiliency of their network and data center infrastructures. BreakingPoint's patented network processor-driven architecture powers the world's first and only Cyber Tomography Machine (CTM) to expose previously impossible-to-detect stress fractures within network and data center infrastructure components before they are exploited to compromise customer data, corporate assets, brand reputation and even national security. For more information, visit

(1) Hitwise, March 15, 2010, "Weekly Market Share Report"

(2) Network Box, "2010 Traffic Report"

(3) CA Technologies, October 2010, "State of the Internet 2010"

Contact Information

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    Kyle Flaherty
    BreakingPoint Systems
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