July 31, 2013
IRVINE, Calif., July 31 -- Solarflare, the leader in application-intelligent 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) networking software and hardware, announced the launch of its family of powerful packet capture software. The first application - SolarCapture -- runs on OpenOnload-enabled Solarflare adapters and can transform any server into a high-performance, high-precision network monitoring or security device.
Data center managers often struggle to improve the performance of systems they are unable to measure. In order to do so, they require more network taps with line rate packet capture to provide precise visibility into network conditions without the exorbitant expense of additional hardware infrastructure that may compromise performance. Greater network visibility is required for business critical functions to optimize application and network performance, ensure corporate compliance, and detect security threats and prevent data loss.
SolarCapture eliminates the need for expensive, specialized appliances and adapters relying on exotic protocols, proprietary hardware, and dedicated networking equipment. Instead, SolarCapture software can transform every server into a precision network tap, increasing network visibility, network instrumentation, and performance analysis.
A single Solarflare adapter can accelerate applications, perform PTP time synchronization and capture packets. In addition, SolarCapture may integrate with other applications and network management tools to capture traffic that can be replayed later for analysis, providing critical application performance data without the need for stand-alone appliances. SolarCapture is an essential ingredient in the corporate data center for network monitoring and analysis, regulatory compliance, and network security.
SolarCapture optimizes network monitoring and security by capturing packets at the highest rates and assigning precise timestamps. Timestamping accuracy can be further improved by up to two orders of magnitude when the host clock is synchronized through a Solarflare PTP server adapter.
Operating in concert with OpenOnload, SolarCapture enables a higher level of packet capture performance by delivering packets directly to user space, bypassing the network stack and the OS kernel. SolarCapture provides efficient CPU utilization by spreading packet capture streams over multiple CPU cores using receive-side scaling (RSS). Additionally, SolarCapture optimizes performance by assigning packet capture and packet processing threads to specific CPU cores.
"SolarCapture and OpenOnload are critical components for Solarflare's financial services, grid, and cloud customers to improve the performance, efficiency, and security of their most demanding networks," said Russell Stern, CEO of Solarflare. "Solarflare is excited to provide our customers access to critical technology that is extremely cost-effective, seamless to deploy and improves the performance and management of software-defined networks."
Solarflare server adapters deliver high performance, low-latency, and highly scalable 10GbE server I/O that is ideal for latency-sensitive applications with high message rates. Solarflare's next generation PCIe 3.0 Flareon server I/O adapters with advanced AppFlex technology provide on-board applications such as hardware timestamping and Precision Time Protocol (PTP) to be enabled in servers. Solarflare's OpenOnload is an open source network stack that accelerates application performance, while maintaining industry standard POSIX sockets compatibility and delivering the lowest latency at highest message rates.
SolarCapture software is immediately available. For ordering information and pricing of SolarCapture or the SolarCapture source code option, please visit the SolarCapture product page, contact your local Solarflare sales representative, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Solarflare is a leading provider of application-intelligent networking I/O products that bridge the gap between applications and the network, delivering improved performance, increased scalability, and higher return on investment. The company's solutions are widely used in scale-out server environments such as high frequency trading, high performance computing, cloud, virtualization and big data. Solarflare's products are available from leading distributors and value-added resellers, as well as from HP, IBM, and Dell. Solarflare is headquartered in Irvine, California and operates an extensive R&D facility in Cambridge, UK.
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