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Network Critical Joins HPE Alliance One Partner Program

Network Critical, a global innovator of next generation network access and packet visibility and management products announced today that they have joined the HPE Alliance One Partner Programs in the United Kingdom and the United States. Likewise, Network Critical has accepted Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) as a member of the Network Critical Technology Partner Program. The alliance programs are designed to provide enterprise and service provider customers with tight collaboration between innovative security solutions and the access foundation that enables and supports the applications.

A permanent and flexible network access foundation is critical to the design of next generation security architectures. Network Critical provides taps and packet brokers that allow access and visibility to network flows. Mike Harrison, Director of Sales and Marketing at Network Critical said of the alliance, “This collaboration with HPE will provide our customers with a security triple play; the most reliable access, next generation security and tightly integrated support. The HPE and Network Critical alliance helps customers strengthen network protection while maintaining the highest level of network reliability and availability.”

Network Critical taps and packet brokers are designed to provide permanent access to multiple appliances for security and analytics. Providing the highest density in the industry and flexible, modular chassis systems, the SmartNA portfolio saves valuable rack space while allowing maximum scalability for future needs. The patented Drag-n-Vu management platform makes designing flow maps and filters simple, eliminating hours of planning and calculating that is required on many other systems.

The HPE ArcSight Security Intelligence platform provides visibility into activity across the IT infrastructure. This includes events such as malware and hacking attempts, internal data breaches and fraud, risks from application flaws and configuration changes, and compliance pressures from failed audits. This industry-leading security information and event management (SIEM) solution enables organizations to collect, analyze, and assess IT security, enterprise security, and non-security events for rapid identification, prioritization and response.

About Network Critical
Network Critical is a leader in network access technology. Our technology ensures 100% continuous network visibility. Network Critical products eliminate any concerns of downtime and scale easily as the network grows. The health of your network is always secure with Network Critical products. The 1G to 10G TAPs are used with IDS, IPS, network traffic monitoring tools, sniffers and more, to provide 100% network visibility with zero packet loss.

The organization’s commitment to uncompromised attention provides customers with an involved, attentive and hands-on experience that will meet their needs of today and exceed their expectations for tomorrow.
For more information, visit http://www.networkcritical.com/.

Posted: 29/04/2016 14:52:26 by Global Administrator with 0 comments

Data Connectors - This week we are in Tampa!

This is a quick one to remind our readers that the team from Network Critical are exhibiting at the Data Connectors Conference in Tampa this week! The event itself, is being held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel - Tampa Airport and will take place on Thursday 28th - Registration is from 08.15am.

Data Connectors’ conferences are one of the premier technology security events focused on the latest products and best practices available in an educational environment. You will find local product sources, seminars and meet with engineers from many of the top security companies.

The Network Critical teams will be demonstrating tap and packet broker technology to simplify the connection of security and performance tools to networks. While Network Critical is a global developer of network access technologies, we believe that these local events are great venues to meet with network engineers and designers.

So, if you are in Tampa on the conference date, come and look us up. You can find more information on the Data Connectors web site www.dataconnectors.com/event/tampa-thursday-04-28-2016/

We look forward to meeting you there!

Posted: 25/04/2016 09:00:00 by Global Administrator with 0 comments

Global Security, Local Education - Data Connectors, San Antonio, May 2016

This is a quick one to let our readers in San Antonio know that Network Critical will be attending the Data Connectors Conference there later this month. The event will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn San Antonio – Live Oak Conference Center and will be held on May 5th.

Data Connectors’ conferences are one of the premier technology security events focused on the latest products and best practices available in an educational environment.  You will find local product sources, seminars and meet with engineers from many of the top security companies.

The Network Critical teams will be demonstrating tap and packet broker technology to simplify the connection of security and performance tools to networks. While Network Critical is a global developer of network access technologies, we believe that these local events are great venues to meet with network engineers and designers.

So, if you are in San Antonio on the conference date, look us up.  You can find more information on the Data Connectors web site www.dataconnectors.com.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Posted: 22/04/2016 10:24:40 by Global Administrator with 0 comments

Network Critical - More Than a Tap Company

When you think about General Electric, you think about toasters and refrigerators. GE also makes products for digital technology, energy, aviation and healthcare. When you think about Rolls Royce, you think about super-luxury motor vehicles. Rolls also makes products for marine, defense, energy and nuclear markets. When you think about Network Critical, you likely would say that they make taps. You would be correct. Like many other successful companies, though, Network Critical also develops, markets and supports other sophisticated products solving complex network visibility issues.

First, here is a little history. Network Critical is the innovator of the first high density, permanent, modular tap with integrated power for DataCenter and large enterprise applications. Network Critical is also the innovator of the highest density 10G fiber taps in the industry. However, as they say in late night infomercials, “But wait, there’s more!”

Drawing from their engineering expertise in the tap market, Network Critical developed a line of Packet Brokers. These products take tap input and redeploy that data to network appliances using a variety of sophisticated features. Packet brokers can regenerate data streams so that multiple network or security appliances can utilize the same information. Further, they can filter out data that the attached appliances do not need contributing to operational efficiency of the appliances.

Another important and widely used packet broker feature is aggregation. This feature allows multiple lower speed inputs to be aggregated into a single higher speed output stream feeding a connected appliance. By aggregating multiple lower speed links into a single appliance port network managers can save CAPEX on the cost of expensive appliances. Depending on the link speeds Network Critical packet brokers can reduce the number of appliances connected by ratio of 10:1 or more. This is a significant cost benefit particularly in very large enterprise or carrier networks.

If saving cost and improving productivity were not enough, Network Critical engineers designed a unique management platform for its packet brokers that dramatically simplifies installation, deployment and management. The Drag-n-Vu management platform automatically performs many of the complex filtering and mapping tasks in the background allowing the user to simply drag and click to create filter maps eliminating hierarchical requirements.

Finally, there is the outstanding design, service and support group that helps get companies up and running with training, installation support and service. This group of network experts help new and existing customers design and deploy access and visibility solutions with minimum network impact and maximum efficiency.

There are many companies that have a great reputation for one product or service bur are also not-so-famous innovators in other markets. Network Critical is one of those companies. Connecting the dots from taps to packet brokers to training and service there is much more substance to Network Critical beyond “the tap company.” You can find out more by exploring our web site at www.networkcritical.com.

Posted: 22/04/2016 09:26:41 by Global Administrator with 0 comments

AFCEA Symposium - This week we are in Washington DC!

This is a quick one to remind our readers in Washington DC that Network Critical will be attending the AFCEA Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium there this month. The event itself will take place at The Walter E. Washington Convention Center and will be held from April 20th-22nd.

The AFCEA Symposium is an important date in the calendar as as event which brings together speakers from the Defensive Information Systems Agency, Industry representatives, Academia, Military Services and many more, shedding light on the vitally important question of 'how to build secure networks.'

Network Critical will be among more than 200 companies and 4,000 people present at this important event, discussing the ongoing challenge of cyber security.

So, if you are attending the event, we would love to meet you there. You can contact us at:

marketing-team@networkcritical.com

events.afcea.org/AFCEAcyberops16/Public/Enter.aspx

Posted: 18/04/2016 10:56:07 by Network Critical with 0 comments

Network Critical and Savvius become Technology Partners

Network Critical, a global innovator of next generation network access and packet visibility products announced today that they have joined the Savvius technology partner program. Likewise, Savvius has been added to the Network Critical Technology Partner Program. The programs are designed to foster collaboration among select technology leaders with the goal of providing complete security and network performance solutions to service provider, mobility, and enterprise customers.

Savvius products provide packet intelligence for network performance and security, insightful analytics, powerful network forensics, and performance troubleshooting. The solutions enable NOC teams, security teams, network administrators, and field technicians to get the critical analysis they need to keep networks running optimally and securely.

Savvius Chief Technology Officer, Mandana Javaheri, said, “Savvius network forensics and analytics solutions rely on fast and accurate delivery of packets. Partnering with Network Critical assures our customers that their fast and accurate taps and packet brokers will meet the speeds and requirements of our appliances.”

The best practice for connecting the Savvius network and security appliances is using a tap on the link between network end points. By inserting a tap on the link and connecting the appliance to the tap, users will have 100% visibility into the data flows. Further, the tap protects the network with fail safe technology keeping the network up and available even if there are issues such as a power failure. With a tap, unlike span port connections, there are no concerns about dropped packets or adding unnecessary internal traffic in the switch. For packet capture and analysis, it is important to have 100% accurate input that can only be provided by network taps.

Mike Harrison, Network Critical added, “This partnership will provide a complete high speed access, capture, and analysis solution to our customers with the added advantage of well coordinated support.”

About Network Critical
Network Critical is the leading Intelligent Access and Monitoring Solutions provider delivering real-time IT visibility, monitoring and control. Network Critical provides lab-certified, innovative, carrier-grade TAP solutions that enable complete access to network traffic across various network media. Network Critical’s SmartNA™ solutions are used in conjunction with Network Analyzers, IDS/IPS appliances, Bandwidth Management, Forensics, Filtering, Data Leakage Prevention and Lawful Interception, all while providing 100% network visibility and zero packet loss. For more information, please visit www.networkcritical.com.

About Savvius, Inc.
Savvius offers a range of powerful software and hardware products that maintain network performance and enhance security investigations. Trusted by network and security professionals at over 6,000 companies in 60 countries around the world, Savvius packet intelligence delivers intuitive visualization and effective forensics for faster resolution of network and application performance issues. For more information about Savvius Omnipliance®, Savvius Omnipeek®, Savvius Vigil™, and Savvius Insight™, and to learn about Savvius technology and channel partners, visit www.savvius.com.

Posted: 18/04/2016 10:35:15 by Global Administrator with 0 comments

Can y he e now? VoIP Monitoring for a Positive CX

Can you hear me now? Can y he e now? What? Y- You ar e brea ing up. ou r bre ng up.

We have all been through this conversation. Hopefully not as often now as in the earlier days of VoIP technology. The reason call completion and call quality is much better today is largely due to the billions of dollars that providers have spent in new cell coverage for mobile operation as well as better, faster switching technology in enterprise VoIP applications. However, the critical foundation of a high performance voice network is continuous, real time call monitoring. This is true regardless of whether the network is mobile or fixed.

Monitoring devices will analyze both call signaling detail as well as call media. Often it is beneficial to use many specialized probes and monitoring devices for different aspects of call analytics. Signaling data, for example, may need to be stripped out and analyzed for KPIs such as service accessibility, call set up timing and call retention. To break out control plane (signaling) data from the bearer detail (media) a very useful tool is a packet broker.

Packet brokers not only provide multiple access ports to connect monitoring and analysis devices to links, they also allow filtering and mapping of many layers of packet data throughout the network. Filtering helps the monitoring devices run more efficiently by submitting only the packets that are relevant to the assigned task of each device. This speeds up operational efficiency of the monitoring devices. Also, by aggregating many links into a single output stream, then filtering out unnecessary packet data, packet brokers offer CAPEX savings on expensive monitoring equipment.

When filtering call data for use on multiple monitoring devices, it is often necessary to send a subset of data to one or more devices and a different subset of the same data to other devices. In order to create filter maps, it is important to recognize what data needs to be sent, what data should be filtered, where in the map hierarchy it should be filtered and if it will be needed later down the line for a different task. This hierarchical mapping process can become very time consuming and complex to develop. New developments in packet broker filtering technology have automated this complex mathematical task and reduced filtering and mapping to a simple drag and drop routine.

In addition to the CAPEX savings that packet brokers provide to the VoIP monitoring platform, new filtering and mapping innovations save OPEX as well. With older technology filters and maps are were developed by high level technical specialists. With drag and drop mapping, complex filters can be designed and deployed in minutes by less expensive administrative employees with a little training.

Continuous, real time monitoring helps maintain SLAs, improve the customer experience (CX) and improve MTTR when trouble is identified. Packet brokers are the foundational element of the monitoring platform. They can also lower overall equipment cost by reducing the number of expensive monitoring devices and increasing monitoring efficiency. New and innovative packet brokers can also reduce ongoing expenses with drag and drop map and filter technology.

VoIP network managers are constantly improving monitoring thus providing higher quality VoIP services every day. Thanks to new monitoring and packet broker technologies, I can hear you…loud and clear.

Posted: 15/04/2016 09:54:17 by Global Administrator with 0 comments

Global Security, Local Education - Data Connectors, Tampa, April 2016

This is a quick one to let our readers in Tampa know that Network Critical will be exhibiting at the Data Connectors Conference there later this month. The event itself, will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel - Tampa Airport and will be held on April 28th. 

Data Connectors’ conferences are one of the premier technology security events focused on the latest products and best practices available in an educational environment.  You will find local product sources, seminars and meet with engineers from many of the top security companies.

The Network Critical teams will be demonstrating tap and packet broker technology to simplify the connection of security and performance tools to networks. While Network Critical is a global developer of network access technologies, we believe that these local events are great venues to meet with network engineers and designers.

So, if you are in Tampa on the conference date, look us up.  You can find more information on the Data Connectors web site www.dataconnectors.com/event/tampa-thursday-04-28-2016/

We look forward to seeing you there!

Posted: 14/04/2016 09:00:00 by Global Administrator with 0 comments

Data Connectors - This week we are in San Diego!

This is a quick one to remind our readers that the team from Network Critical are exhibiting at the Data Connectors Conference in San Diego this week! The event itself, is being held at the Handlery Hotel and will take place on Thursday 14th - Registration is from 08.15am.

Data Connectors’ conferences are one of the premier technology security events focused on the latest products and best practices available in an educational environment. You will find local product sources, seminars and meet with engineers from many of the top security companies.

The Network Critical teams will be demonstrating tap and packet broker technology to simplify the connection of security and performance tools to networks. While Network Critical is a global developer of network access technologies, we believe that these local events are great venues to meet with network engineers and designers.

So, if you are in San Diego on the conference date, come and look us up. You can find more information on the Data Connectors web site www.dataconnectors.com/event/san-diego-thursday-04-14-2016/

We look forward to meeting you there!

Posted: 12/04/2016 09:00:00 by Global Administrator with 0 comments

Data Connectors - This week we are in Chicago!

This is a quick one to remind our readers that the team from Network Critical are exhibiting at the Data Connectors Conference in Chicago this week! The event itself, is being held at the Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown and will take place on Wednesday 13th April - Registration is from 8.15am.

Data Connectors’ conferences are one of the premier technology security events focused on the latest products and best practices available in an educational environment. You will find local product sources, seminars and meet with engineers from many of the top security companies.

The Network Critical teams will be demonstrating tap and packet broker technology to simplify the connection of security and performance tools to networks. While Network Critical is a global developer of network access technologies, we believe that these local events are great venues to meet with network engineers and designers.

So, if you are in Chicago on the conference date, come and look us up. You can find more information on the Data Connectors web site www.dataconnectors.com/event/chicago-wednesday-04-13-2016/

We look forward to meeting you there!

Posted: 11/04/2016 09:00:00 by Global Administrator with 0 comments

How We Build Networks - AFCEA Symposium, Washington DC, April 2016

This is a quick one to let our readers in Washington DC know that Network Critical will be attending the AFCEA Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium there this month. The event itself will take place at The Walter E. Washington Convention Center and will be held from April 20th-22nd.

The AFCEA Symposium is an important date in the calendar as as event which brings together speakers from the Defensive Information Systems Agency, Industry representatives, Academia, Militery Services and many more, shedding light on the vitally important question of 'how to build secure networks.'

Network Critical will be among more than 200 companies and 4,000 people present at this important event, duscussing the ongoing challenge of cyber security.

So, if you are attending the event, we would love to meet you there. You can contact us at:

marketing-team@networkcritical.com

events.afcea.org/AFCEAcyberops16/Public/Enter.aspx

Posted: 08/04/2016 13:14:23 by Network Critical with 0 comments

Hacking Gets Personal

Gartner predicts that the number of connected devices will shoot past 20 billion by the year 2020 and many of those devices will be inside people. Yes, that is 20 billion with a “B” and yes I mean inside.

First some background. Not so long ago, connected devices meant email, mobile phones, music…basic human communication. A hack there could be troublesome and down right frustrating. However, connected devices have broadened their scale to include in-home monitoring, vehicle monitoring and control systems and internal medical monitoring devices.

In-home remote monitoring cameras which are meant to give the owner a view of their home when away, can provide that same view to potential criminals. The owner spy can become the unaware spied upon.

Networked vehicle control systems can be very convenient and helpful for the owner but also raise security and safety questions. If someone with malicious intent gains access to the control area network of a vehicle while in operation, the consequences can be dire. For example, with no driver input, hackers can engage the brakes and manipulate the steering remotely. In fact, according to an article on wired.com, researchers from University of California at San Diego and University of Washington were able to breach their test car’s network over bluetooth and GSM signals. Automotive Intrusion detection systems are currently under development but, for now, buyer beware.

Moving on, these connected devices are also now being developed for use in the medical field monitoring bodily functions such as heart rhythms, blood sugar levels, kidney function and more. These networked body management devices share the same concerns as with motor vehicles with potentially more deadly consequences.

Medical devices are becoming more networked every day, but the security requirements that should accompany any networking of a device are not keeping up. According to a forbes.com article, there are patents out for insulin pumps that can hook up to wifi and be controlled via a web browser. Many devices depend on wifi access to the internet.

Interconnection and remote access are critical to successful operation of implanted medical devices. However, the very technology that makes these devices convenient also makes them potentially dangerous. Now some good news. Despite the doom and gloom around implanted devices, progress is being made with unique security protocols that can help restrict access only to those authorized to use them. Researchers from Rice University and RSA have created the heart-to-heart system, a secure access method that may protect implanted networked devices. Based on a heartbeat reading, this new method serves as biometric authentication to confirm that whoever is trying to download data or reprogram critical features of a device has the appropriate authorization to do so.

It is believed by many security experts that the likelihood of a deadly hack is very remote. These units are generally only known to the doctor, patient and immediate close relatives. However, as we all know statistics are for macro trends. If you are the one being targeted, security from unauthorized access is paramount. There will be more written, discussed and published on this topic in the coming months and years. Stay tuned to this topic because your next car will be remotely accessible and the next implanted connected device might be in you.

Posted: 07/04/2016 14:25:02 by Global Administrator with 0 comments

Global Security, Local Education - Data Connectors, San Diego, April 2016

This is a quick one to let our readers in San Diego know that Network Critical will be exhibiting at the Data Connectors Conference there this month. The event itself, will take place at the Handlery Hotel and will be held on April 14th.

Data Connectors’ conferences are one of the premier technology security events focused on the latest products and best practices available in an educational environment.  You will find local product sources, seminars and meet with engineers from many of the top security companies.

The Network Critical teams will be demonstrating tap and packet broker technology to simplify the connection of security and performance tools to networks. While Network Critical is a global developer of network access technologies, we believe that these local events are great venues to meet with network engineers and designers.

So, if you are in San Diego on the conference date, look us up.  You can find more information on the Data Connectors web site www.dataconnectors.com/event/san-diego-thursday-04-14-2016/

We look forward to seeing you there!

Posted: 07/04/2016 09:40:34 by Global Administrator with 0 comments

Global Security, Local Education - Data Connectors, Chicago, April 2016

This is a quick one to let our readers in Chicago know that Network Critical will be exhibiting at the Data Connectors Conference there this month. The event itself, will take place at the Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown and will be held on April 13th.

Data Connectors’ conferences are one of the premier technology security events focused on the latest products and best practices available in an educational environment.  You will find local product sources, seminars and meet with engineers from many of the top security companies.

The Network Critical teams will be demonstrating tap and packet broker technology to simplify the connection of security and performance tools to networks. While Network Critical is a global developer of network access technologies, we believe that these local events are great venues to meet with network engineers and designers.

So, if you are in Chicago on the conference date, look us up.  You can find more information on the Data Connectors web site www.dataconnectors.com/event/chicago-wednesday-04-13-2016/

We look forward to seeing you there!

Posted: 06/04/2016 12:23:25 by Global Administrator with 0 comments

Data Connectors - This week we are in Raleigh

This is a quick one to remind our readers that the team from Network Critical are exhibiting at the Data Connectors Conference in Raleigh this week! The event itself, is being held at the Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown hotel and will take place on Thursday 7th April - Registration is from 8.15am.

Data Connectors’ conferences are one of the premier technology security events focused on the latest products and best practices available in an educational environment. You will find local product sources, seminars and meet with engineers from many of the top security companies.

The Network Critical teams will be demonstrating tap and packet broker technology to simplify the connection of security and performance tools to networks. While Network Critical is a global developer of network access technologies, we believe that these local events are great venues to meet with network engineers and designers.

So, if you are in Raleigh on the conference date, come and look us up. You can find more information on the Data Connectors web site www.dataconnectors.com/event/raleigh-thursday-04-07-2016/

We look forward to meeting you there!

Posted: 04/04/2016 14:44:02 by Global Administrator with 0 comments