Powerful PacketShaper Alternative

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Broadcom has announced the End of Life (EOL) for Symantec PacketShaper (previously known as the Blue Coat PacketShaper). Sinefa offers an industry-leading Digital Experience Monitoring (DEM) and QoS traffic shaping solution that goes far beyond traditional traffic analysis and application traffic shaping.

See deeply into your network traffic

Get real-time visibility into all your traffic with deep packet inspection (DPI) traffic classification by applications and Active Directory integration.

Turn visibility into control

Use our cloud-based portal to easily set traffic shaping policies, prioritize critical services, control recreational applications, and improve network performance.

Deploy fast, get rapid time to value

Deploy non-intrusively with L2 probes. Use our cloud-based portal to easily set traffic shaping policies, prioritize critical services, control recreational applications, and improve network performance.

Why replace PacketShaper with Sinefa?

By transitioning to Sinefa, you’ll get a powerful, yet easy to use and cost-effective DPI traffic analysis and shaping solution, plus gain access to a Digital Experience Monitoring platform built for today’s cloud-centric IT landscape. Request a demo now.

  • Power without complexity: With Sinefa, you can easily turn DPI traffic visibility into traffic shaping policies in seconds. And, our L2 probes deploy non-intrusively, without the need to change routing or security policies. SaaS simplicity: Sinefa offers powerful, centralized analytics and policy control via an easy to use SaaS portal that can be accessed from anywhere.
  • Performance without bloated hardware: Sinefa processes all analytics data in the cloud, so our probes can deliver reliable, high performance at full line rates (1-100Gbps), at a much lower cost than traditional traffic shaping solutions.
  • Digital Experience Monitoring: In the age of the cloud and SD-WANs, you need to see beyond your own IT infrastructure. Sinefa gives you visibility into digital experience across the full service delivery chain between users and applications, including end user devices, wifi, internal, MPLS, Internet and cloud networks.
  • Cost-effective subscription model: Avoid heavy, up-front CAPEX investment. Sinefa’s solution is a cost-effective annual subscription that includes hardware probes, deep traffic analysis, quality of service traffic shaping, synthetic network path monitoring, and Endpoint Agents to give you  monitoring visibility for remote and home-based workers.
Deploy probes and endpoint agents to gain digital experience visibility

Turn visibility into control

Get real-time visibility into all your traffic with deep packet inspection (DPI) traffic classification by applications and Active Directory integration. Sinefa offers powerful traffic shaping that performs accurate per-application queuing and allocation for superior network management.

Use our cloud-based portal to easily set traffic shaping policies at scale, prioritize bandwidth usage for business critical applications, and improve network efficiency.

Power without complexity

Sinefa's traffic shaping is easy to configure and deploy across your entire enterprise from a SaaS web portal. Pick out automatically classified and frequently updated applications (ranging from business apps like Microsoft, Oracle and Google Suite, to web traffic, to recreational apps like Netflix and BitTorrent), set simple percentages for configured rate and burst size, and ensure wan capacity allocations across all your locations in seconds.

If you need more sophisticated policies, enable advanced features such as time of day and Active Directory membership.

Sinefa supports all the traffic shaping capabilities you need. Designate available bandwidth to network segments defined by VLANs, subnets, or groups of discontinuous IP host addresses. Apply a global traffic shaping policy, or a separate policy to each segment.

Unlike routers or firewalls, Sinefa traffic shaping works at Layer 2, so deploying probes in branch offices, campuses and data centers is non-intrusive and requires no changes to routing or security schemes.

Sinefa probes support Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) and Ethernet bypass (1000base-t and 1000base-sx).

Traffic shaping
Understand application performance in detail

Reliable performance without hardware bloat

Traditional traffic shaping solutions attempt to fit Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) traffic classification, shaping, data storage, analytics, and web portal UI rendering all within a single appliance architecture. Even on very high-cost appliances, as traffic flows scale up, those processes contend for limited resources, resulting in performance problems.

Sinefa has solved this performance challenge by processing, storing, and presenting all analytics data in a scale-out cloud-based back-end that keeps your data safe from local failures. As a result, our probes can deliver reliable, high performance at full line rates (100Mbps-100Gbps), at a much lower cost than traditional traffic shaping solutions.

You get this functionality while also gaining full digital experience monitoring visibility that measures network application metrics, scores user experience, and provides endpoint, network traffic, and synthetic monitoring insights.

See beyond your borders with network path monitoring

In today's cloud-centric and Internet-dependent world, you rely on many networks that you don't own or control. You can't collect network traffic from your ISP or SaaS provider's routers, so traditional traffic monitoring and shaping solutions leave you blind in the cloud.  You need a different way to understand network impacts outside of the four walls of your enterprise.

That's why Sinefa offers synthetic network path monitoring that gives you end-to-end and hop-by-hop insights into network performance, including loss, latency and jitter. Network path monitoring tests run every five minutes from the same probes that deliver traffic visibility and shaping. Every Sinefa customer gets 3 network path monitoring tests for free and it's easy and cost-effective to expand.

Lossy network path

Modern visibility, modern traffic shaping

Quality of service is a crucial aspect of network traffic management that ensures that networks can deliver business applications with high performance and positive user experience. QoS techniques include traffic policing to drop inbound traffic that exceeds preset bandwidth limits (e.g., committed information rates), and traffic shaping to ensure an allocated amount of network bandwidth to various traffic types and higher priority to critical applications.

Traffic shaping (also called packet shaping) is useful for allocating limited available bandwidth from WAN links or Internet service providers. Traffic shapers prioritize network resources for different types of applications. For example, latency-sensitive applications, such as voice over IP (VoIP) and VDI (Citrix), can be prioritized to protect them from disruption due to packet loss and jitter. Traffic shaping utilizes queuing, buffering, and time interval-based TCP rate control to smooth the egress of outbound network interface traffic and ensure good user response times and WAN latency.

QoS and traffic shaping aren't new. In the early days of the Internet, congestion avoidance techniques such as weighted random early detection (WRED) were designed to enable traffic policing while avoiding TCP performance disruptions. IP supports QoS on via Differentiated Service Code Points (dscp) marking in data packet headers. Cisco supported shaping via a token bucket concept and configuration into their policy-maps, while firewall vendors added traffic shaping to take advantage of their built-in DPI classification.

The limitations of traditional traffic shaping

Traditional network performance visibility and shaping approaches have been outstripped by modern IT environments, and need to evolve. Application performance depends increasingly on ISP and cloud networks outside of IT controls (for many of which you don't have an SLA), so just looking at traffic on internal networks isn't enough to assure user experience.

Traditional shaping has been trapped in pre-cloud architectures that limit performance and create needless complexity for network managers. All dataplane and control technology (policycenter functionality) are appliance-bound and require you to deal with maintaining and upgrading hardware with new software distributions. Historical solutions from PacketShaper Technologies, Blue Coat Systems, Packeteer, Allot, Exinda, NetEqualizer, and Procera also feature highly complex configurations for QoS policies, with hard to understand matching rules. And traditional monitoring modules included with traditional traffic shapers is overly focused on traffic details, rather than user experience outcomes.

PacketShaper EOL

The PacketShaper EOL affects customers who own a variety of models, including recent models such as PacketShaper s200, PacketShaper s400, and Packet Shaper s500, as well as older models including PacketShaper 900, PacketShaper 1700, PacketShaper 3500, PacketShaper 7500 and Packetshaper 12000. The EOL also affects customers who own Blue Coat PacketShaper products.

Modern visibility and shaping focused on user experience

Today, the focus for IT is no longer the status of infrastructure, but on delivering digital experience and application performance to end-users.

With Sinefa, the user experience comes first. Sinefa offers modern Digital Experience Monitoring (DEM) that includes deep traffic visibility, external network visibility through synthetic network path monitoring, and visibility from endpoint devices. Sinefa gives you easy to use insights into the full IT service delivery chain from end-users to every application (internal or SaaS) across any network, including Internet connections. Sinefa has also modernized traffic shaping by utilizing a scale-out cloud back-end for analytics and control, making it possible to deliver simple to deploy but powerful bandwidth management at any scale your business needs.

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