SOURCE: Procera Networks

Procera Networks

March 29, 2011 09:00 ET

Procera Expands Smart Campus Solution for Higher Education

Granular Traffic Visibility Enables Optimal Network Utilization, Security, and HEOA Compliance

LOS GATOS, CA--(Marketwire - March 29, 2011) -  Procera® Networks Inc. (NYSE Amex: PKT), the intelligent policy enforcement company, today announced it has expanded the capabilities of its Smart Campus traffic management solution offered to Higher Education customers. Procera has deployed Smart Campus at more than a hundred higher education institutions in the U.S. and Canada alone, all of which are using its PacketLogic™ turnkey solution to gain network traffic visibility to ensure better Internet service quality, better utilize network infrastructure investments, and better comply with anti-piracy legislation. 

"Smart Campus is a flexible traffic management system with advanced intelligence and policy enforcement features that extend beyond the capabilities of traditional packet shaping devices and enable universities to have enhanced insight and control over their network traffic," commented Jon Linden, Procera's VP of Marketing. "We can easily tailor Smart Campus to support common use cases including dynamic bandwidth provisioning by role, such as student or faculty, and enhanced granular quota assignments. These advanced management features guarantee fair usage for users, while helping schools control their infrastructure costs." 

"Procera's Smart Campus enables us to identify and enforce usage allowances for users consuming high-bandwidth applications across multiple devices, such as laptops pulling down HD movies and streaming gaming consoles," said Al Stern, Director of Systems and Networking for The University of Dayton. "Once users exceed their bandwidth allotment, we can dynamically reduce their consumption rate, thus preserving the Quality of Experience for other users and allowing us to avoid increased operational expenses associated with bandwidth upgrades."

In addition to existing capabilities for usage management, P2P control, peering control, and network visibility, Procera has added new capabilities under the Smart Campus umbrella.

Smart Campus solution enhancements include:

  • Integration with Cisco's Clean Access and ImpulsePoint's SafeConnect for user identification
  • Location, Device, and Application-based usage management and control
  • Security-based DMZ/Quarantine services for abusive or infected users
  • Peer-to-Peer Auditing capabilities for HEOA compliance and simplified DMCA response
  • Bandwidth quota enforcement over multiple internet-enabled devices
  • Departmental Chargeback

With these enhanced services, Higher Education institutions can build cost-effective networks that deliver high Quality of Experience to their students and faculty without bandwidth usage and costs spiraling out of control. Procera's PacketLogic is an Intelligent Policy Enforcer (IPE) that leverages advanced Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) technology to properly classify traffic. This intelligence is presented in real-time and can be acted upon with automated policies that take multiple properties and conditions, like application, location and time of day, into consideration. The PacketLogic solution portfolio extends far beyond traditional packet shaper deployments, and is a strategic part of the evolution of higher education networks.

Devin Smith, Lead Network Engineer, offered insight on the mechanics of the Smart Campus installation being utilized in the network at The University of Dayton: "After the initial integration of Smart Campus with our Cisco Clean Access NAC server, we were immediately able to identify not just IP addresses, but the actual User ID's of students and faculty accessing our residential and academic networks. Working closely with our Procera engineer, we were soon able to dynamically provision bandwidth based on the User Role, as well as enforce consumption-based quotas across the multiple traffic shaping devices across our network."

Internet is crucial to any business that relies on access to timely convenient information. Besides assuring availability and quality, there are also obligations and legislations that apply to higher education institutions. In the US, the Higher Education Opportunities Act (HEOA) was signed in 2008, requiring colleges and universities to take measures to limit copyright infringements. PacketLogic provides visibility and viable functionality that renders it recognition in "HEOA Role Models" published by the nonprofit association EDUCAUSE and endorsed by the RIAA & MPAA

"Smart Campus demonstrates our commitment to the Higher Education market and extends our thought leadership in this space," said Trevor Failor, Director of Channel Sales, Americas, at Procera. "After soliciting feedback from our customers, we've customized our service provider solutions to accommodate the technical nuances specific to universities, thus providing them with highly scalable solutions designed to meet their specifics needs, and at a compelling price-performance ratio."

Procera offers a special program called PacketLogic Smart Campus for Higher Education institutions, which is a packaged solution that accommodates the functionality requirements of these customers. For more information on PacketLogic and Smart Campus, please visit www.proceranetworks.com.

About Procera Networks Inc.
Procera Networks Inc. delivers Intelligent Policy Enforcement (IPE) solutions, leveraging advanced Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) technology. This enables carriers, services providers and higher education institutions to improve the quality and lifetime of their networks, better monetize their infrastructure investments, control hazards, and create attractive services for their users by making qualified business decisions based on granular user and traffic intelligence. Procera's core product suite, the PacketLogic line of platforms, is an engine that drives the PCC (Policy and Charging Control) ecosystem, by enforcing advanced network and service policies. PacketLogic is deployed at more than 600 customers who value the unparalleled accuracy and high-end performance of the PacketLogic solution. Founded in 2002, Procera (NYSE Amex: PKT) is based in Silicon Valley and has offices around the globe. More information is available at www.proceranetworks.com.

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