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Dodo founder’s network analytics investment paying off

Stuart Corner | July 4, 2016
Dodo founder Larry Kestelman is the largest investor in US network analytics startup Saisei

"We can analyse 100 per cent of very session we see across a wire, whether it is one gigabit or multi-ten-gigabit," Beckett said. "We can scale to millions of flows. We analyse these flows by 45 metrics and we maintain this table completely in real time for every packet in every flow using our analytic engines."

The sensor can function either as a passive monitor, or can be used to control network behaviour based on analysis of the information it gathers.

"What makes Saisei unique is that it can use the analytic data to enforce policy or to make the network run better," Beckett said. "An example would be fair usage. In real time it detects how many users are active on the network, how many sessions they have and what type of user they are, so that each one gets their proportionate capacity."

He added: "We have a big customer in Australia that had an application that was not behaving very well. Once or twice per day it would act up and consume much all the network capacity.

"A normal response to that with other technologies would be to try and pinpoint the source of that traffic, maybe by the IP address or application type. What we are able to do is to set a general analytic policy that says 'If I see an application that exceeds x percent of my capacity, quarantine that application so it does not interfere with the rest of the traffic."

Role in SDN and NFV

Saisei also sees a role for its technology to support the development of software-defined networks and network functions virtualization. The company joined the Alcatel-Lucent CloudBand Ecosystem and became a member of the Open Networking Foundation in June 2014. Beckett said that organisations migrating to SDN and NFV would need the greater real-time visibility and control over applications, users, and locations that Saisei could provide.

The company now had dozens of customers across seven countries and will be selling in more countries shortly, according to Beckett.

"A lot of our customers are every recognisable brand names. In Australia we have some large retailers using our product."

Known Saisei customers include Sunway Digital Wave, a managed services provider to Malaysia's largest property-construction group; First Cagayan Converge Data Center in the Philippines; NHN Entertainment, Korea's third largest game company; and Fort Bend County Libraries, Texas.

Beckett said Saisei aimed to sell primarily though channels and by partnering with other companies with complimentary technologies.

"We do a combination of direct and channel, but mostly channel. We don't want to build large sales organisations around the world, and there are a lot of companies providing visualisation tools that what want to partner with use to go to market."

Source: Computerworld Australia


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