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Blue Coat PacketShaper 900
Visibility and Optimization for Networked Traffic

Blue Coat PacketShaper 900

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Overview:

PacketShaperVisibility and control of network applications

Blue Coat PacketShaper is a cloud-connected network management appliance that combines on-box application discovery with web content and web threat visibility powered by Blue Coat WebPulse™. PacketShaper lets you measure network application performance, categorize and manage web traffic based on its content, guarantee quality-of-service (QoS) for preferred applications and content, and contain the impact of undesirable traffic.

Critical applications need to move at the speed of business. With PacketShaper, you can monitor and control application performance – even web-connected applications – while managing the increasing volume of web traffic based on content categories.

It’s your network. Own it.

Does your network know the difference between important web traffic like online meetings, and lower-priority traffic like games or streaming media? Your security solution might block entire categories of content, such as gambling or pornography, but how do you control everything else?

PacketShaper gives you content-aware control of today’s web-integrated WAN. Prioritize important applications like Oracle and SAP. Assure quality for VoIP and videoconferencing. Contain recreational traffic to any level you specify. PacketShaper’s unique integration of application and web content intelligence gives you the x-ray vision needed to monitor today’s network traffic, and enforces your rules with priority, partition and rate control technologies.

PacketShaper analyzes and positively identifies traffic generated by hundreds of business and recreational applications. And thanks to its integration with WebPulse – Blue Coat’s real-time web intelligence service – PacketShaper can even control application traffic by web content category. For example, you can permit low-impact social networking like Facebook status updates, but squeeze time-wasting games like FarmVille. PacketShaper makes it easy to collectively control related applications and content, while giving you precise tools to get granular where necessary.

Features:


Monitoring:

Identify and classify applications, web content, and web threats. Monitor performance in real time and gather the evidence you need to solve performance issues.

Before you can optimize application performance, you need an accurate picture of network traffic. The Monitoring Module, which delivers the core functionality of PacketShaper, automatically classifies and measures network traffic by application and – in the case of web traffic – by content category. This unmatched visibility into network traffic gives you the insight of a probe but with far more sophistication. PacketShaper offers application-intelligent Layer 7+ visibility that integrates with WebPulse, the collaborative defense providing realtime content categorization. In addition to reporting on network and application utilization and performance, the Monitoring Module validates common protocols and tracks what happens to each connection established by any application.

As the proportion of web-based traffic continues to increase, PacketShaper provides invaluable management of web-connected applications such as Facebook, YouTube, and WebEx. All web content requested by users is categorized under logical headings such as Collaboration, Games, and Social Networking. This latest advance in web content control and web threat visibility helps you assess the impact of recreational traffic, security threats such as malware and phishing, and undesirable content that can raise legal and compliance concerns.

Once traffic has been identified, PacketShaper monitors performance – over 100 stats per application class – in real time. PacketShaper tracks the bandwidth consumed by applications and web content categories, the response times of key applications by network and server delay, and key stats like TCP health, efficiency and retransmissions to aid in troubleshooting. PacketShaper also powers targeted packet traces for use with protocol analysis tools.

Real-time performance metrics include mean opinion score (MOS), jitter, delay, and loss for voice and video conferencing traffic over RTP. All these capabilities can integrate into your performance management environment, providing intelligent thresholds and alerts when problems are about to occur.

Shaping:

PacketShaper does more than just monitor and measure. The Shaping Module provides powerful QoS tools to protect preferred applications and web content categories while containing the impact of undesirable traffic. With PacketShaper, you can:

  • Guarantee bandwidth to latency-sensitive applications such as voice, video and VMware
  • Allow access to social network sites like Facebook, but limit bandwidth to games like Farmville.
  • Control the impact of acceptable (but lower priority) web traffic on businesscritical applications. With patented TCP rate control, the Shaping Module can guarantee per-flow bandwidth and automatically enforce appropriate transfer rates for computers at the far end of the network to deliver bidirectional QoS.
  • Protect the best, contain the rest. Align network content with your priorities by speeding up or slowing down applications and web content categories.

Compression:

Reclaim wasted bandwidth from existing physical links. Enhance the user experience.

Some types of network traffic make inefficient use of available bandwidth. By optimizing traffic in real time, the Compression Module instantly increases WAN capacity, improving application performance and user response times. Using a symmetric, applicationintelligent architecture, the Compression Module identifies compressible traffic and applies the appropriate compression technology, increasing capacity from two to four times, reducing bandwidth usage, and minimizing WAN latency.

Specifications and Model Comparison:

From 2Mbps to 1 Gbps of throughput, there's a PacketShaper to meet your specific deployment requirements at any location—data center to network edge.

PacketShaper Series Specifications:
Models: 900 1700 3500 7500 10000 | 10000 ISP**** 12000 | 12000 ISP****
Maximum Capacity:
IP Flows (TCP)* 5,000 30,000 40,000 200,000 300,000 | 700,000 450,000 | 900,000
IP Flows (UDP)* 2,500 15,000 20,000 100,000 150,000 | 300,000 225,000 | 400,000
Classes 256 512 1,024 1,024 2,048 | 5,000 2,048 | 5,000 / 10,000
Dynamic Partitions ** 1,024 1,024 10,000 20,000 | 20,000 20,000 | 20,000
Static Partitions 128 256 512 512 1,024 | 5,000 2,048 | 5,000 / 7,500
Shaping Policies 256 512 1,024 1,024 2,048 | 5,000 2,048 | 5,000
Max # of Matching Rules 640 2,562 2,562 5,120 5,000 | 12,500 12,288 | 20,000 / 25,000
IP Hosts* 5,000 15,000 20,000 150,000 200,000 | 300,000 300,000 | 540,000
Active Tunnels 10 15 30 100 1,000 | N/A 1,000 | N/A
Software Options & Upgrades:
Monitoring Only Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Link Speeds with Shaping Options 512 Kbps
2 Mbps
10 Mbps
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-
2 Mbps
6 Mbps
10 Mbps
45 Mbps
2 Mbps
6 Mbps
10 Mbps
45 Mbps
100 Mbps
10 Mbps
45 Mbps
100 Mbps
200 Mbps
100 Mbps
200 Mbps
310 Mbps
-
500 Mbps
1 Gbps
No Limit*****
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Compression*** 2 Mbps 10 Mbps 20 Mbps 45 Mbps 155 Mbps | N/A 155 Mbps | N/A
Interfaces:
Onboard Ports (Pairs) Copper: 2x10/100 Mbps Copper: 1x10/100/1000 Mbps Copper: 1x10/100/1000 Mbps Copper: 1x10/100/1000 Mbps Copper: 1x10/100/1000 Mbps Or, Fiber: 1x1000 Mbps Copper: 1x10/100/1000 Mbps
LAN Expansion Modules Backup fail-to-wire pair built in N/A Up to 2 dual-port modules
Copper: 10/100/1000 Mbps
Fiber: SFP
Up to 2 dual-port modules
Copper: 10/100/1000 Mbps
Fiber: SFP
Up to 2 dual-port modules
Copper: 10/100/1000 Mbps
Fiber: SFP
Copper, dual-port (1): 10/100/1000BASE-T or 10GBASE-CX4
Copper, four-port (1): 10/100/1000BASE-T
Fiber, dual-port (1): 1000BASE-SX, 1000BASE-LX, 10GBASE-SR, 10GBASE-LR
Fiber, four-port (1): 1000BASESX
or 1000BASE-LX
Out of Band Management Through backup ports Yes Yes Yes with LEM Yes, + Direct Standby port
Console Port All have RS-232 (AT-compatible) with male DB-9 connectors
Dimensions: (All are 19 in. rack mountable)
Height 1U (1.75 in/4.45 cm) 1U (1.75 in/4.45 cm) 2U (3.5 in/8.89 cm) 2U (3.5 in/8.89 cm) 2U (3.5 in/8.89 cm) 1U (1.69 in/4.30 cm)
Width 8.66 in (22.00 cm) 17.4 in (44.2 cm) 17.35 in (44.07 cm) 17.35 in (44.07 cm) 17.31 in (43.97 cm) 16.93 in (43.0 cm)
Depth 9.68 in (24.60 cm) 16.97 in (43.1 cm) 16 in (40.64 cm) 16 in (40.64 cm) 20.25 in (51.43 cm) 27.44 in (69.70 cm)
Weight 4.50 lbs (2.05 kg) 14 lb (6.35 kg) 18.04 lb (8.18 kg) 20.48 lb (9.29 kg) 33 lb (14.97 kg) 36.5 lb (16.5 kg)
Power:
Power Supply 100/240 VAC;
50/60 Hz, 2 A
100/240 VAC;
50/60 Hz, 2.5 A
100/240 VAC;
50/60 Hz, 2.5 A
100/240 VAC;
50/60 Hz, 2.5 A
100/240 VAC;
50/60 Hz, 6 A
100/240 VAC;
50/60 Hz, 6 A
Dual, Redundant Load Sharing No No No Yes; Hot-swappable Yes; Hot-swappable Yes; Hot-swappable
Additional Features:
Interoperability XML, XML and CGI APIs, SNMP MIB, SNMP event traps, HP OpenView, infoVista, CA eHealth, IBM Tivoli, Micromuse Netcool
Device Management Console access, Web browser interface, Telnet CLI, SNMP Blue Coat MIB and MIB-II support
Agency Approval:
Safety IEC 60950-1; EN 60950-1+ A11, CAN/CSA-C22 2 No, 60950-1:03; UL 60950-1:03; EN 60825-1,-2 Class 1 Laser
EMC/EMI AS/NZS 3548 Class A; AS/NZS 4252.1; ICES-003 Class A; EMC Direct B9/336/EEC; EN 300 386 v1.3.1: 2001 Telecom EMC standard; EMC Directive 73/23/EEC; EMC Directive 93/6B/EEC; EN 55022: 1998 Class A; EN 61000-3-2: 1995_A1(98) + A2(98), & prA1 4(00); EN 61000-3-3:1:1995; EN 55024:1998; VCCI:2002 Class A; KN55022 Class A; KN6100-4-2,3,4,5,6,8,11; GOST-R 60950-2002; GOST-R 5131B.22,.24-99; FCC 47 CFR part 15, subpart B Class A; CNS 13438 Class A

Note: Not all capacity specifications can be maximized simultaneously

* PacketShaper can support more hosts and flows; these figures represent ideal maximums for producing optimal results; numbers are rounded up or down to the nearest thousand. These maximums represent concurrent flows.

** No extra partitions are specifically allocated for dynamic partitions. The PS900 has a pool of partitions to be shared between static and dynamic partitions.

*** Refers to post-compressed traffic rates - maximum compressed throughput specifications for PacketShaper are lower when compression is enabled due to the extra processing power required to compress traffic.

**** PacketShaper 10000 and 12000 have a configuration option for ISP loads, which adds capacity for classes and flows but does NOT provide certain features including compression and response time statistics, among others. The higher values shown for PacketShaper 12000 are enabled by an optional license.

***** No limit: Typical aggregate throughput (in + out) is 2.5 – 8.0 Gbps, and varies depending on flow rates, average packet size, enabled features, and other factors.

Add-ons:

IntelligenceCenter - Generate reports for enterprise-wide PacketShaper deploymentsIntelligenceCenter - Generate reports for enterprise-wide PacketShaper deployments

Get enterprise-wide application intelligence

Blue Coat IntelligenceCenter provides detailed application performance monitoring for every PacketShaper deployment, from single sites to international enterprises. With IntelligenceCenter, you can verify the performance of business-critical applications by site and across your enterprise, discover unauthorized applications and identify the causes of performance problems.

IntelligenceCenter features over 30 built-in reports with powerful drill-down options. Generate reports on demand, or schedule automated email delivery of reports in a variety of formats, including Word, PowerPoint and PDF. Advanced data collection and analysis technologies support long-term, large-scale reporting for trend analysis, forensics, capacity planning and readiness assessments for new initiatives.

With IntelligenceCenter, you can:

  • Centrally monitor, analyze and report on applications and WAN links.
  • Monitor and measure web traffic by content category, such as Shopping, Gambling and Games.
  • Compare application and web use across multiple sites.
  • Identify web-sourced security concerns and breaches that have evaded existing systems, including phishing, malware, and pornography.
  • Create custom dashboards, reports and dashboard portlets for multiple users.

PolicyCenter - Manage multiple PacketShaper appliances from a single consolePolicyCenter - Manage multiple PacketShaper appliances from a single console.

Take control of every PacketShaper at every site.

PacketShaper provides content-aware control of applications and web traffic; PolicyCenter puts the power of every PacketShaper in your hands. With centralized software upgrade and configuration management, you can quickly establish new enterprise-wide standards and policies while retaining site-by-site customization to suit local requirements. Secure, role-based management lets you control the delegation of authority, and provides an audit trail to retrace your steps. With PolicyCenter, you get comprehensive control, centralized configuration management and software distribution, and Adaptive Response tracking for multi-unit PacketShaper deployments.

PolicyCenter's intuitive management interface helps you:

  • Deploy, configure and upgrade multiple PacketShaper appliances at multiple sites.
  • Distribute software updates and plug-ins to all your PacketShaper appliances.
  • Apply customized policies based on location, function and more.
  • Manage enterprise-wide application performance.

Documentation:

PDF File
Download the Blue Coat PacketShaper Datasheet (PDF).

Pricing Notes:

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