While network packet analysis has been around for a long time, it can no longer meet the security and compliance requirements of today’s enterprises and service providers. To meet these requirements, you need the ability to provide real-time object level analysis of network traffic. This ability is referred to as Deep Content Inspection (DCI). With DCI, not only can the bits and bytes within the network packets be understood, but the digital objects that are carried over many network packets can also be recognized and handled. It is an enabling technology for many new network applications that digest, route, and manipulate Data In Motion, such as network based antimalware, DLP, XML routing, object encryption, content annotation, etc.
As a high performance Deep Content Inspection (DCI) platform developed by Wedge Network Inc., a technology vendor in network security and optimization products, the software, running as a hardened, embedded Operating System, can be installed on Common Off The Shelf (COTS) hardware appliances, servers, or packaged as Virtual Machines. To date, thousands instances of WedgeOS are deployed in service providers, enterprises, and SMBs worldwide, performing high performance DCI functions for these organizations.
The key technical requirements of implementing a DCI application can be summarized as the following:
- Performance requirements when conducting deep content inspection at the network transport layer
- Accuracy requirements when enforcing security protection or content accessing policies
- Transparency requirements when deploying a network layer solution into an existing enterprise or service provider's network
- Manageability requirements so that the DCI application can be effectively managed as an IT/network asset
With a set of coherent building blocks in the form of runtime components and adaptation frameworks, WedgeOS enables DCI applications to meet these technical requirements.
WedgeOS provides industry’s most comprehensive platform for application-layer security and compliance functions, with the following benefits:
- Enhanced multi-CPU/multi-core support with real-time scheduling to delivery high performance and robustness for Deep Content Inspection functions;
- Optimized transmission and receiving mechanisms to provide 10 Gb/s (and above) of Deep Content Inspection throughput;
- Lower total cost of ownership (TCO) due to stealth routing based on transparent proxy stack to enable plug and play network integration ability;
- Deep content scanner modeling mechanism to allow for the robust implementation of Deep Content Inspection for new application layer protocols;
- Rapid time to market with Open Service Bus architecture to implement new DCI applications;
- Patented optimization algorithms (USPTO 7,630,379) which delivers thirty (30) times performance improvement than conventional approaches;