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September 06, 2011 08:00 ET

UNH-IOL Deploys CloudShark for Securely Storing, Annotating, and Sharing Packet Capture Files

Virtual Platform Enables Lab Engineers to Tag Files and Packets, Then Share Files Securely With Equipment Vendors

PORTSMOUTH, NH--(Marketwire - Sep 6, 2011) - QA Cafe, a leading provider of IP testing solutions, today announced the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), an independent provider of broad-based testing and standards conformance services for the networking industry, has deployed the CloudShark platform for securely collecting, storing, tagging, and sharing packet-capture files. Capture files record network traffic within a specific period of time. Research teams at UNH-IOL generate hundreds and sometimes thousands of capture files each week in the course of their analysis of network devices and networking standards. By annotating files in the CloudShark platform, researchers can exchange comments and questions with other researchers who work in the lab at different hours of the day. CloudShark also enables researchers to share capture files securely with select outside parties, such as equipment vendors, without having to email files or transfer large, multi-gigabyte files by FTP. Authorized users can view, tag, and annotate files securely in any Web browser.

"CloudShark brings a new level of organization and security to our management of capture files," said Timothy Winters, Senior IP Manager at UNH-IOL. "We can store files securely in the CloudShark repository and tag files with identifying information such as protocols, device type or test run IDs, making the files easier to find and compare. Our teams especially appreciate the ability to annotate individual packets. This helps engineers share comments and questions with other engineers who are visiting the lab at different times."

"We're thrilled to have such a renowned laboratory use CloudShark," said Joe McEachern, founder and CEO of QA Cafe. "Researchers can now work more productively with capture files without sacrificing security."

UNH-IOL has deployed CloudShark as a software-only virtual appliance. The solution is also available as a 1U rack-mountable physical appliance.

For more information about CloudShark, please write to or call 1 (877) 332-0784 in the U.S. or Canada.

About the UNH-IOL
Founded in 1988, the UNH-IOL provides independent, broad-based interoperability and standards conformance testing for data, telecommunications and storage networking products and technologies. Combining extensive staff experience, standards bodies participation, and a 32,000+ square foot facility, the UNH-IOL helps companies efficiently and cost effectively deliver products to the market. For more information, visit, or connect with the UNH-IOL on Facebook at, on Twitter at @UNH_IOL and on LinkedIn at

About QA Cafe, LLC

QA Cafe, a privately held company headquartered in Portsmouth, NH, is a leading provider of IP testing solutions that allow telecom and datacom developers and test engineers to test critical IP functionality quickly and reliably. The company developed CloudShark to make it easy for testers, network managers, field technicians, and other IT engineers to securely store, manage, and share packet capture files. QA Cafe's flagship test product, CDRouter™, is used today by most of the major manufacturers of routers and CPE devices in the Far East, North America, Europe and Asia. For more information about CloudShark, please visit

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