Lancope Extends Enterprise Visibility with Support for Cisco NGA
Lancope’s StealthWatch System collects and analyzes extremely high flow volumes to dramatically improve network security and performance
ATLANTA, August 13, 2012 – Lancope, Inc., a leader in flow-based security and network performance monitoring, is expanding the visibility it provides to large, high-speed network environments through new support for the Cisco® NetFlow Generation Appliance (NGA). Purpose-built for high performance, Cisco NGA delivers a consistent, granular level of detail about network traffic flowing through every device by gathering raw traffic information, normalizing it into a NetFlow record, and then forwarding it to Lancope’s StealthWatch® System for analysis. The NGA provides visibility into intra-data center communications, for which network and security monitoring is typically lacking.
As more organizations recognize the benefits of flow collection and analysis for improving network and security operations, networking technology vendors including Cisco are expanding NetFlow enablement across their product lines. With so much available flow data, organizations require high-speed flow collection devices like StealthWatch, which can monitor up to 120,000 flows per second (fps) per collector, and up to 3 million fps total, to effectively digest all of the data and turn it into actionable intelligence.
“The release of the new Cisco NGA speaks to the criticality of flow data for maintaining secure, high-performance networks in the face of today’s dire security circumstances,” said Joe Yeager, director of product management for Lancope. “Cisco is leading the charge as more vendors add and expand support for flow telemetry in their products, particularly for areas such as intra-data center communications that are typically lacking from a monitoring perspective. Lancope continues to be at the forefront for providing a highly sophisticated, scalable and cost-effective means of interpreting all of the valuable flow data that can be gathered from these systems.”
Cisco NGA provides cost-effective, high-speed flow generation at up to 40 Gbps from platforms including Cisco Nexus® 7000, Cisco Nexus 5000 and the Catalyst® 6500 Series. Lancope and Cisco worked closely together to test StealthWatch with the NGA and ensure optimal performance. By consuming and analyzing flow data from Cisco NGA, StealthWatch provides the actionable insight required for effective network, application and security troubleshooting across large enterprise networks.
“NetFlow is quickly becoming a must-have technology for gaining situational awareness across today’s dynamic enterprise networks,” said Jim Frey, managing research director with Enterprise Management Associates. “With rapid adoption comes a need for high-speed systems that can effectively generate, export, collect and analyze large volumes of flow data. By working together, Lancope and Cisco are bringing valuable monitoring solutions to the table that break the scalability barrier and put the full value of NetFlow within reach for assuring and protecting IT operations of all sizes.”
StealthWatch leverages NetFlow, IPFIX and other types of flow data from the NGA and additional infrastructure to address the full spectrum of internal and external threats facing today’s networks. In addition to expediting both network and security troubleshooting, the system can also support other efforts including forensic investigations, capacity planning and compliance.
Government entities and Global 2000 enterprises around the world, including Cisco, rely on StealthWatch to monitor and protect their networks. In addition to Cisco NGA, StealthWatch captures flow data from a wide range of other Cisco networking devices including Catalyst Switches and the Cisco ASA, ISR, ASR and Nexus platforms, and also integrates with the Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE), to provide unprecedented levels of network visibility. StealthWatch also makes up a key component of the Cisco Cyber Threat Defense Solution, designed to detect the most stealthy, dangerous threats lurking within the network interior.
For more information on Lancope’s StealthWatch System, please visit http://www.lancope.com/products.
Further details on Lancope’s partnership with Cisco can be found at http://www.lancope.com/blog/lancope-and-cisco/.
Lancope, Inc. is a leading provider of flow-based monitoring solutions to ensure high-performing and secure networks for global enterprises. Unifying critical network performance and security information for borderless network visibility, Lancope provides actionable insight that reduces the time between problem identification and resolution. Enterprise customers worldwide, including healthcare, financial services, government and higher education institutions, rely on Lancope to make better network decisions, respond faster to network problem areas and avoid costly outages and downtime — at a fraction of the cost of conventional network monitoring solutions. With Lancope, you can know your network and run your business better. Privately held and venture-backed, Lancope is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information, visit www.lancope.com.
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