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Individual Solutions

PlexNet draws from the multitude of solutions from our Global Partners to bring top level solutions to our clients

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Different Global Vendors

Our wide yet complimentary solution set from our trusted vendors caters to our clients’ needs be they large or small

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of Hours of Experience

Over the years PlexNet has delivered countless hours of implementation, pre-sales, training and post-sales support

 

Application

Application Analysis and Performance Management is one of PlexNet’s speciality and is an important part of securing the network environment and ensuring business continuity through operability.

These solutions addressing Application Performance Analysis (NPMD Gartner Magic Quadrant) and how to understand the impact on the End-User-Experience (EUE) and help with a holistic understanding of an environment covering all aspects of application delivery.

Solutions to cover all these and more:

  • Colasoft UPM
    • Network Path Performance
    • Application Performance Metrics
    • Full Packet Capture and Analysis
  • ExtraHop
    • Data Centre-centric analysis into all applications, users and encrypted traffic
    • Security visibility using meta data and Machine Learning
  • Nyansa
    • Application Performance Monitoring
    • Device Metrics
  • ProfiTap Taps and PacketBrokers
    • Copper and Fibre Tapping from 10Mbps to 100Gbps
    • Network Packet Brokers for 1G-100G interfaces
    • IOTA / ProfiShark for portable analysis
  • Spirent TSA & Visionworks
    • Synthetic Application Transactions
    • Emulates real users
    • Y.1564 and TWAMP Testing

From 10Mbps to 400Gbps, PlexNet has the solutions to provide application performance testing and emulation. All our application performance products are full L1-L7 and generate real stateful traffic.

When testing real web servers or application servers only realistic traffic can provide reliable results. If stress testing is not required but more-so a functional understanding is required, PlexNet has the solution set to provide either on-site or cloud based testing. Many solutions also work hand-in-hand with analysis tools so the development to testing to production cycle can fully understood.

Solutions include:

  • Spirent Avalanche / CyberFlood
    • Functional and Load Testing of Applications and Servers
  • Spirent Landslide
    • Functional and Load Testing of Applications and Servers across Wireless
  • Spirent TSA & Visionworks
    • Synthetic Application Transactions
    • Emulates real users
    • Y.1564 and TWAMP Testing
  • Spirent Calnex Emulators
    • Network Emulation from 10Mbps to 100Gbps
    • Hardware performance at line rate
  • PacketStorm Network Emulators
    • Network Emulation for Voice and Video Applications
    • Replication of Video Streams up to 4K

Understanding the performance of an application is of utmost importance but equally in this day and age is understanding the robustness of the application and servers, VMs and general infrastructure that it resides on is critical.

Solutions covering security:

  • EfficientIP Guardian
    • Stop DNS Infiltration and Exfiltration
  • EfficientIP Blast
    • Volumetric DDoS Protection
  • EfficientIP Firewall
    • Block DNS Malware
    • Protect Users
  • Spirent Avalanche / CyberFlood
    • DDoS, Fuzzing and Malware injection for security device testing
    • Functional and Load
  • Spirent SecurityLabs
    • SecurityLabs Portal for self-managed and engineered managed Security Assessment Scans
  • Spirent Data Breach Assessment
    • Synthetic low level attack-traffic for real-time security monitoring
    • Understand exact security posture at any-time

Cloud

Moving to the Cloud provides additional challenges when it comes to user data. Backup and DR solutions can become expensive.

Additionally, with more users comes more data. Traditional methods would replicate the same data from many users and not intelligently backup by removing duplication.

Solutions include:

  • Druva Phoenix
    • Cloud Backup and Recovery
    • Cloud-Native Disaster Recovery
    • Archival and Analytics
  • Druva in-Sync
    • Simplifies endpoint and SaaS application data protection
    • Ensures regulatory compliance, and improves data visibility.
  • Druva CloudRanger
    • Backup for AWS Infrastructure

Like Application Analysis and Performance Management, Cloud Applications also need monitoring. Be it AWS or Azure or a Private Cloud, PlexNet can provide and understanding how applications behave once migrated to the cloud. There are also great synergies between Cloud and Data Center so the same solution can quite often be seemlessly used in both domains.

These solutions monitor the cloud environment’s impact on the End-User-Experience (EUE)

  • Colasoft UPM
    • Network Path Performance
    • Application Performance Metrics
  • ExtraHop
    • Data Centre-centric analysis into all applications, users and encrypted traffic
    • Security visibility using meta data and Machine Learning
  • Virtual Instruments
    • Private Cloud infrastructure
    • Fibre Channel Performance
    • Storage Performance Monitoring
    • Application Delivery

Testing ‘the cloud’ can be difficult and costly if not done correctly PlexNet has the solutions to provide cloud  performance testing.

Solutions include:

  • Spirent Test Center Virtual
    • Generation of up to 10G per VM to assess Cloud / Virtualised backplane
    • Throughput testing for Virtual Environments
  • Spirent Cloud Score
    • Assess and compare the performance Virtualized or Cloud infrastructure.
    • Scorecard, backed-up by industry standard benchmarking tests for
      • Compute
      • Storage
      • Network
      • Applications
      • Services.
  • Spirent Cloud Sure
    • Industry’s first standards-based NFV Cloud test platform
    • Enables service and cloud providers to deploy successful NFV roll-out
    • Delivers service flexibility and agility to end users.
  • Spirent Cloud Stress
    • Workload generator to simulate physical footprint of any virtual machine
    • Validates NFVi or cloud deployments
  • Spirent Avalanche / CyberFlood
    • Application and Security traffic
    • Stress Cloud server performance
    • Test virtualised firewall performance

Cloud performance is dependent on the ability to protect the environment and having confidence in the robustness of the application or indeed network being hosted.

Solutions covering Cloud Security:

  • Druva Phoenix
    • Ransomware Detection
    • Data Protection
  • Druva in-Sync
    • Compliance Monitoring
    • SaaS Application Data Protection
  • EfficientIP DNS Blast
    •  Purpose built protection against Volumetric DDoS
  • EfficientIP Guardian
    • Protect against DNS Exfiltration
    • Safeguard Users
    • Ensure DNS Service Continuity
  • Spirent Avalanche / CyberFlood
    • Load test virtual firewalls and security devices
    • Inject DDoS, Fuzzing or Malware
  • Spirent SecurityLabs
    • SecurityLabs Portal for self-managed and engineered managed Security Assessment Scans
  • Spirent Data Breach Assessment
    • Synthetic low level attack-traffic for real-time security monitoring
    • Understand exact security posture at any-time

Cloud services are now a key component of IT operations – utilized by more than 90% of organizations globally. However, when rolling out compute cloud services, DNS and IP address provisioning often lags behind compute and storage processes, leading to delays in the rollout of applications and inconsistency of network policies.

For successful projects, end-to-end cloud provisioning has therefore become vital.

In this context, including deployment automation via integrated DDI (DNS, DHCP, IP Address Management) helps tremendously to overcome the above challenges, and guarantee your virtual and cloud network infrastructure actively supports your business imperatives.

Solutions for DDI in the Cloud:

  • EfficientIP for Cloud
    • Increased agility and scalability to handle ongoing changes
    • Faster time-to-service for better time-to-market
    • Boosted productivity to accelerate company’s efficiency
    • Decreased operational costs to do more with less
    • Easily manage public DNS services on Amazon Web Services’ Route 53 global network

Data Centre

Like Application Analysis and Performance Management, Cloud Applications also need monitoring. Be it AWS or Azure or a Private Cloud, PlexNet can provide and understanding how applications behave once migrated to the cloud.

These solutions monitor the cloud environment’s impact on the End-User-Experience (EUE)

  • Colasoft UPM
    • Network Path Performance
    • Application Performance Metrics
  • ExtraHop
    • Data Centre-centric analysis into all applications, users and encrypted traffic
    • Security visibility using meta data and Machine Learning
  • Virtual Instruments
    • Data Centre Infrastructure
    • Fibre Channel Performance
    • Storage Performance Monitoring
    • Application Delivery
  • ProfiTap Taps and PacketBrokers
    • Copper and Fibre Tapping from 10Mbps to 100Gbps
    • Network Packet Brokers for 1G-100G interfaces
    • IOTA / ProfiShark for portable analysis

Providing visibility into the various phyisical and virtual links within a DC is essential for providing both performance and security metrics to monitoring and analysis tools.

Tapping, aggregation and packet brokering is key to this.

Visibility solutions include:

  • ProfiTap Copper and Fibre Taps
    • SM, MM
    • Diode Taps
    • Modular and rack mount
    • 10Mbps to 100Gbps
  • ProfiTap Booster SPAN/Taps
    • Multiple 1G to 10G monitoring
    • Line rate aggregation
  • ProfiTap Network Packet Brokers
    • 1G/10G/25G/40G/100G Interfaces
    • Any-any topology
    • Intelligent filtering
  • ProfiTap IOTA and ProfiShark Portable Taps
    • 1G and 10G via USB3.0
    • 5Gbps stream to disk capable
    • Perfect for remote site analysis

Load Testing Data Centre environments is critical to ensure that they can cope with growing capacity year on year.

Typically before and migration or upgrade testing is done on the interconnect links across the backbone, aggregation links and DC infrastructure

Solutions covering security:

  • Spirent Test Center
    • Traffic generation from 10Mbps to 400Gbps
    • Switching, routing and SDN protocols
    • Conformance Suites
  • Spirent Avalanche & CyberFlood
    • Layer 4 to 7 Load Testing
    • Application Perfromance Testing
    • Device Performance Testing
    • Security Robustness
  • Virtual Instruments WorkLoad Wisdom
    • Analyze production storage through I/O performance
    • Determines optimal storage systems and configurations
    • Identify performance limits

DNS, DHCP & IPAM (IP Address Management), or DDI for short, is a critical infrastructure service for any Data Centre and indeed any network.

DDI enables IP-based communication, simplifies network management and enhances operational efficiency thanks to global visibility.

PlexNet’s solution for DDI is EfficientIP, the most innovative in the DDI marketplace.

Solutions include:

  • SOLIDServer Appliances
    • Delivers the critical DDI services
    • High Scalable and Robust
  • IPAM for Microsoft
    • Seamless integration with Microsoft DNS and DHCP
    • Leaverages investment through global visibility and smart automation
  • IPAM For BIND DNS & ISC DHCP on Linux
    • Integrates seamlessly with Linux DNS and DHCP
    • Offers higher security, reliability and scalability
  • DNS Security
    • Hybrid DNS (BIND & Unbound)
    • DNS Firewall
    • DNS Blast
    • DNS Gaurdian
    • DNS Cloud
  • Network Management
    • NetChange
    • Device Management
    • DNS Global Load Balancer

Network

A Dynamic Map is worth a thousand CLI commands. After all, humans work better visually. With these tools CLI data and information can be better visualised from all your other existing network tools in one place. No more logging in to devices one by one, jumping from screen to screen, to get the full picture.

Network Mapping Solutions include:

  • NetBrain
    • Discovers all devices
    • Connects devices at L2, L3 and with routing
    • Path Analysis information
    • QoS Details
    • Traffic flow statistics

Network Performance Monitoring is probably the most important capability for any network team. PlexNet can provide and understanding how the network behaves and provides the Meantime to Innocence for the network team.

These solutions are:

  • Colasoft UPM, nChronos and Capsa
    • Providing hop by hop analysis
    • Full packet capture and deep dive analysis
    • Supports application analysis
    • 1G to mutiple 10G interfaces
  • ProfiTap ProfiSight
    • For use with IOTA and ProfiShark portable taps
    • Offline analysis of PCAP files or real-time analysis
  • Synesis
    • 1Gbps to 200Gbps Stream to Disk
    • Full packet capture with zero packet drops
    • NPM and APM style analytics real-time.

Testing the network when issues arise is often time consuming can be difficult and costly if not done correctly. PlexNet has a wide range of solutions to provide troubleshooting:

  • Fluke Networks DSX
    • Cable Certification for Copper & Fibre
    • OTDR
    • Power Meter
  • NetAlly LinkRunner
    • Up to 1G network connectivity tests
  • NetAlly LinkSprinter
    • Quick check for communications and connectivity
  • NetAlly OneTouch
    • Detailed device discovery
    • Connectivity Tests
    • Y.1564 Throughput Tests
  • ProfiTap IOTA
    • 10/100/1000Mbps and1G/10G Monitoring
    • Internal storage for drop-in network analysis
    • Web addressable GUI for remote access using ProfiSight
    • Full packet analysis for easy troubleshooting
  • ProfiTap ProfiShark
    • 10/100/1000Mbps and 1G/10G Monitoring
    • Enhanced precision timestamping option
    • USB3.0 Connection with up to 5Gbps stream-to-disk
    • Local GUI via ProfiSight

 

As they say ‘packets don’t lie’ and PlexNet has always ensured that their solution set includes high performance packet capture and analysis solutions.

By its nature packet analysis assists with performance monitoring and troubleshooting, but it is important to our clients that PlexNet have some unique capabilities around packet analysis.

Packet capture solutions include:

  • Colasoft UPM, nChronos and Capsa
    • Providing hop by hop analysis
    • Full packet capture and deep dive analysis
    • Supports application analysis
    • 1G to mutiple 10G interfaces
  • ProfiTap IOTA & ProfiShark
    • Up to 5Gbps of performance
    • Stream to disk via USB3.0 or on-board storage
  • ProfiTap ProfiSight
    • For use with IOTA and ProfiShark portable taps
    • Offline analysis of PCAP files or real-time analysis
  • Synesis
    • 1Gbps to 200Gbps Stream to Disk
    • Full packet capture with zero packet drops
    • High precision time-stamping
    • NPM and APM style analytics real-time.

Part of PlexNet’s deep history comes from Network Load testing. This is a powerful way to understand the current and future capacity of networks today.

Solutions covering load testing:

  • NetAlly OneTouch
    • 1Gbps/10Gbps Link Testing
    • Y.1564 & RFC-2544 Standards
  • Spirent Avalanche & CyberFlood
    • Performance testing for L4-7 protocols
    • Stateful load testing up to 200Gbps
  • Spirent Test Center
    • Load testing from 10Mbps to 400Gbps
    • Full standards based testing
    • Access, routing, SDN and switching protocols

Security

Security testing is a big industry and many organisations offer different types of security testing. PlexNet’s solution specifically addresses understanding the performance or vulnerabilities of firewalls, IPS/IDSs, or security devices.

By using an exploit database together with real-traffic, the ability to provide protection during the loads of a usual busy day can be determined. Having a device fail due to denial of service attack, or having servers infected by known exploits, is what PlexNet’s solutions address.

Fuzzing is used to take a standard exploit and ‘tweak’ various aspects to effectively create a totally new type of exploit. These security tools work together with our application and network performance solutions.

These include:

  • Spirent CyberFlood
    • Generate real and attack traffic
    • DDoS, Fuzzing and Malware attacks
  • Spirent Data Breach Assessment
    • 24/7 Security Posture Testing
    • Synthetic Testing protecting the live network
    • Monitor exploits that breach the environment
  • Spirent SecurityLabs
    • Self managed Security Scanning
    • Advanced Scanning as a Service
    • Penetration Testing

PlexNet’s primary focus in a very busy market segment is more about security analytics, availability and visibility.

The solution set uses big data technologies that lower the barrier to entry for organizations looking to deploy and operate world-class security analytics.

Today’s breed of attacker is not looking to be a short-term and visible nuisance. They use stealthy and sophisticated methods to penetrate an organisation’s perimeter, and the indicators of compromise are often impossible to identify before it’s too late.

In order to really understand subtle, advanced targeted attacks, enterprises need a complete record of all network traffic.

Solutions are:

  • EfficientIP DNS Blast
    •  Purpose built protection against Volumetric DDoS
  • EfficientIP Guardian
    • Protect against DNS Exfiltration
    • Safeguard Users
    • Ensure DNS Service Continuity
  • Spirent Data Breach Assessment
    • 24/7 Security Posture Testing
    • Synthetic Testing protecting the live network
    • Monitor exploits that breach the environment
  • Spirent SecurityLabs
    • Self managed Security Scanning
    • Advanced Scanning as a Service
    • Penetration Testing

The scale, frequency and sophistication of volumetric DNS attacks are increasing rapidly, being amplified by the fast-growing deployments of unsecured IoT devices, mobility and BYOD. DNS service has become one of the most targeted application-layers by hackers, and specifically for layer 7 DDoS attacks.

While most organizations are aware of DDoS attack security risks, the majority of them have not deployed modern DNS DDoS protection solutions and are still using traditional enterprise network security solutions such as firewalls, which are not designed for the DNS protocol.

New DDoS mitigation techniques must be deployed to tackle these threats. Only purpose-built DNS protection solution offering both high performance and advanced analytics can efficiently and proactively strengthen business continuity, data confidentiality and user experience to the level your company deserves.

Solution addressing this:

  • EfficientIP DNS Blast
    •  Purpose built protection against Volumetric DDoS
  • EfficientIP Guardian
    • Protect against DNS Exfiltration
    • Safeguard Users
    • Ensure DNS Service Continuity
  • EfficientIP Firewall
    • Block DNS Malware
    • Protect Users

PlexNet partners with one of the leading teams in the industry, the SecurityLabs team from Spirent. Made up of seasoned professionals who have years of Pen Testing experience world-wide, PlexNet can provide high calibre Pen Testing Solutions.

The Spirent SecurityLabs’ services are structured to produce high-impact results with minimal impact on the client organisation. The dedicated teams of experienced security professionals offer comprehensive scanning, penetration testing and monitoring services.

SecurityLabs‘ Services include:

  • Network and Wireless
  • Web and Mobile Applications
  • Devices (including IoT & Embedded)
  • Source Code Analysis

Wireless

Wireless is one of the fastest moving technologies in the networking world.

Be it the move towards Wi-Fi 6 or 5G wireless is now a mission critical system that requires more than its wired counterparts.

The air interface can cause many issues that are not always easy to determine.

PlexNet specialises in this area by providing these industry leading solutions to our wireless clients:

  • Ekahau Connect
    • Heat mapping of APs
    • Spectrum Analysis covering Wi-Fi and non Wi-Fi interference
  • NetAlly AirCheckG2
    • Handheld Analysis
    • Understand cell loading, AP performance and interferers
  • Nyansa Voyance
    • End-to-End Visibility
    • Full stack network analytics
    • Eliminate blind spots
    • Improve productivity and operational efficiency
    • Drives digital transformation and IoT initiatives
  • Spirent Umetrix®
    • Voice, Video & Data Analytics
    • Supports Wi-Fi, LTE/5G & Bluetooth
    • Accelerates device acceptance
    • Service launch readiness and benchmarking
    • User Experience evalution

One of the missing elements with Wireless networking (Wi-Fi or Mobile) is the ability to generate 100’s and something 1000’s of clients to understand how a wireless network will behave under stress.

PlexNet’s solutions to aid with wireless load testing are:

  • Spirent Landslide
    • Wi-Fi and Mobile User Load
    • Over the air (OTA) and wired loading of Wi-Fi / Mobile networks
    • Simulate roaming and perform negative testing
    • Authentication stressing
  • Spirent Test Center
    • Wi-Fi Load Testing including Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)
    • OTA and wired loading
    • Device stressing
    • Authentication stressing

Emulating complex Wi-Fi, LTE or 5G radio environments if difficult to do without the right solutions.

PlexNet can support the industry’s leading solutions:

  • Spirent Vertex
    • Highest bandwidth RF channel emulator.
    • From 4 to 128 RF ports
    • Modular, versatile platform providing unprecedented scalability.
    • GUI including high-speed vehicles, fading, and reflections
    • Easy to generate conducted and OTA scenarios for 5G Massive MIMO and Beamforming use cases.
  • Spirent’s 8100 LTS Location Test System
    • Industry standard for lab conformatnce
    • OTA conformance
    • Acceptance testing of A-GNSS, ECID, OTDOA, and Indoor devices

Planning and Surveying wireless environments these days is a critical procedure before deploying, upgrading or just regularly understanding the constant changes that is a wireless environment.

PlexNet partners exclusively with Ekahau to provide leading edge performance to our clients, through:

  • Ekahau Connect
    • Predictive Surveying including Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) technology
    • Passive Surveys for Heatmapping environments
    • Spectrum Analysis covering Wi-Fi and non Wi-Fi interference
    • Dual NIC Packet Capture
    • Light weight surveying using iPad

 

Wi-Fi troubleshooting is an ongoing exercise. Understanding the whys behind issues is always important.

Be it a sticky client or bad signal strength PlexNet has the tools to help in this area:

  • Ekahau Connect
    • Heat mapping of APs
    • Spectrum Analysis covering Wi-Fi and non Wi-Fi interference
    • Dual NIC Capture
  • NetAlly AirCheckG2
    • Handheld Analysis
    • Understand cell loading, AP performance and interferers
    • Solve roaming issues

Tool Automation & Integration

Most of the time products come with a great GUI for their solution, however when trying to integrate with other systems getting data to correlate well can be challenging.

Additionally with some systems source data can be messy, bloated, and not conducive to visualization in it’s native format. Raw data needs to be aggregated, filtered, and sorted before anything useful can be conveyed.

Toolset Integration products are:

  • Edge Technologies EdgeSuite
    •  Single Point of Control for environment management
    • Automation of workflows and tasks
    • Combines disparate sources of data with machine learning
    • Security focussed workflows across systems
  • NetBrain
    • Ecosystem Integration
    • Network Discovery and Knowledge Management

Whether you are developing scripts in Tcl, Perl, or Python for a complex regression environment, or focusing on script re-use and portability across platforms and teams, or simply wanting to speed up some repetitive manual tasks without programming, PlexNet  has a strong solution set to help the network or test engineer reduce their time to test and indeed time to deployment.

Products that assist with Test Automation are:

  • NetBrain
    • Executable Runbooks to automate network operations
    • Troubleshooting
    • Critical path mapping
    • Compliance
    • Change validation
  • Spirent Communications iTest
    • Test Case Creation
    • Multiple Tool Control
    • Integration to 3rd Party Tools
  • Spirent Communications Velocity
    • Lab Automation
    • Lab Orchestration
    • Integation to 3rd Party Tools
    • Multiple Northbound Reporting Integrations

 

Making changes to the network is risky – a single misconfiguration can result in performance issues, or even outages, especially when new technologies and other key business initiatives are rolled out.

Solutions for this allows users to automate critical network change management workflows to validate changes and minimize human error.

Solutions addressing Change Management are:

  • EfficientIP NetChange
    •  Automated Network Device Configuration and Management
  • EfficientIP Device Manager
    • Design, Control and Streamline Network Interface Allocations
    • Dynamic Device and Network Interface Repository
    • End-to-End Reconciliation Management
  • NetBrain
    • Automate critical network change management workflows
    • Collect Data Before the Change is Made
    • Gather Data After to Analyze the Impact

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