REANZ Research, Education network boosts Network Security Monitoring
June 16, 2014 – Endace, a leader in network connectivity, monitoring and management, announced that the Research and Education Advanced Network New Zealand Ltd. (REANNZ) has deployed EndaceProbe™ Network Analytics Platform and EndaceVision™ Network Visibility Software to improve network and security monitoring of its 10Gb Ethernet (10GbE)-based network. REANNZ’s high-speed network connects nearly 170 institutions, including universities, Crown Research Institutes, Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics, Wānanga schools and innovative businesses. With points of presence (PoPs) throughout New Zealand, the United States and Australia, member organizations can leverage the REANNZ network to link to other research and education networks to facilitate the creation of the next generation of disruptive technological innovations.
“The REANNZ network is designed to capture and share huge international datasets, enabling data intensive, complex research experiments. It is critical that our network is highly secure and available 24/7 in order to provide our members with confidence that they can collaborate with their partners in New Zealand and abroad without their data being compromised,” said Steve Cotter, chief executive officer, REANNZ. “We selected the EndaceProbe for its ability to report on network usage within minutes, versus the hours it took previously, enabling us to take proactive security measures and quickly rectify network performance issues.”
The REANNZ network was designed to provide minimal latency and jitter, so data can travel quickly between points without delay and without compromising users’ productivity. REANNZ has 23 national and two international PoPs and required a solution that would quickly determine when and why a performance issue occurred, ensuring the correct response to restore performance and help reduce bottlenecks as large flows of data are passed over the network. Additionally, REANNZ faced legal and customer requirements to monitor and protect the network from security breaches because these PoPs are in the public domain.
REANNZ deployed the EndaceProbe to monitor its Los Angeles and Sydney international circuits to deliver continuous packet capture and network recording, while providing nanosecond accurate time stamps for every packet. With the ability to monitor all of the data passing through the PoPs, REANNZ leverages the EndaceProbe to detect anomalies on the network and take corrective action when an issue occurs, ensuring the best possible performance of the network for its members. The EndaceVision software suite is an integrated feature of the EndaceProbe Network Analytics Platform and provides REANNZ with the ability to identify the root cause of increased network traffic latency or security events quickly and efficiently.
“A bulletproof, reliable network is critically important to a research and education network such as REANNZ, as downtime or security breaches could lead to declines in membership or loss of government funding,” said Mike Riley, Endace senior vice president and general manager. “Endace solutions allow REANNZ to maintain tight network performance monitoring, while reducing packet loss and the time it takes to pinpoint and diagnose bottlenecks or security events on their network, helping ensure member satisfaction and the ability to continue to grow the organization.”
Since deploying the EndaceProbe, REANNZ has already realized an immediate return on investment (ROI) with the discovery that their international carrier was not operating the link properly, allowing REANNZ to recoup thousands of dollars. In addition, with the EndaceProbe Packets of Interest (POI) feature, which locates packets relating to any search, REANNZ was able to reduce the time it took to locate and extract packet data from hours to minutes by ensuring only relevant areas of the disk, whereas legacy packet capture solutions took hours to download packet data.
Established in 2005, Research and Education Advanced Network New Zealand Ltd (REANNZ) is a crown-owned company that operates a national advanced network for the research and education sector in New Zealand. REANNZ connects all New Zealand Universities, Crown Research Institutes and many Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics, Wānaga and schools to over 100 other international research networks. For more information about REANNZ, please visit reannz.co.nz
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