Name: Automated Network Survey and Interception of Leased Line Services

Text: Automated Network
Survey and Interception of
Leased Line Services
ISS World Washington
October 2011
NetQuest
Corporation
Mount Laurel, New Jersey

Agenda







NetQuest Introduction
The Problem
The Costs
The Solution
The Savings

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Company Background






Founded in 1987; Privately-held New Jersey, USA Corporation
Technology and Solutions for Access & Monitoring solutions for legacy & IPbased networks
Focus on wire-speed, broadband IP communications applications
Global customer-base; many longer than 10 years
Business models for:
– System Level Network Appliance Products
– COTS Network Interface Card adapters NIC’s
– OEM & Strategic Alliance



“Unique Problem Solving Technology” include:
• Automatic Network Discovering Interceptor
• POS to GigE & POS to 10GigE Wire-speed Translation Systems
• ATM, TDM POS and Ethernet NIC Adapters




Broad expertise in ultra high-speed hardware and software design
Responsive customer-first philosophy for over 20 years

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Target Markets

• Law Enforcement Agencies
• National Intelligence/Security Agencies
• Agencies
• Civilian Government Agencies
• Communications Service Providers

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Interception Market Dynamics
• Public and National Security are a priority everywhere.
• Surveillance or Monitoring of network traffic continues to be
complicated by multi-protocol high speed networks.
• TDM Networks (SONET/SDH) remain primary transport …even for IP
– Deeply Channelized interfaces and documentation regarding bandwidth
allocation are spotty
– Recent advances enable Ethernet transport on existing networks.

• Legacy Protocols like ATM, Frame and SS7 will remain in the network
for many years.
• Desire to make interception investments in IP centric solutions are
understandable…yet not practical.

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What NetQuest Provides
• Access to optical and copper broadband networks

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Our Mission…

To empower our customers
with the ability to correlate
converged network traffic into
service, customer or target
oriented flows without
distortion.
“It all depends on how we look at things, and not how they are in themselves.”
Carl Gustav Jung
.

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Interceptor Value Proposition

Reduce
CAPEX

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Enable
&
Optimize
Surveillance
Monitoring

Intercepting Leased Line
Services Overview
The NetQuest

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What are Leased Line Services
• Typically point-to-point and Point-to-multipoint
circuits.

– Often referred to as International Private Line Circuits
(IPLC)

• Bandwidth Pipes





T1/E1 and Fractional services
T3/E3
SONET and SDH
Ethernet

• Support for any protocol
• Considered by many as the most secure
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The Problem

• Private Line Services remain a service mainstay
• Dynamic multi-protocol transport over SONET/SDH
• Agencies are limited in where they can get access to
circuits.
• Circuit access comes without bandwidth allocation
documentation.
• End to End bandwidth allocation can change
• Customer Premise Equipment can be re-configured
without notification.
• Additional protocol support can be changed at CPE
level
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Traditional Solutions
• A collection of equipment is
required to gain access to the
multitude of services being
carried.






TAP’s
ADM’s
Routers
ATM Multiplexers
L1/2 Test Equipment

• Configurations that may need
adjustment if end users
change their provisioning.
• Platforms are underutilized
since they are being used in
Half Duplex applications
A better solution is needed!!!
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Historically
Access is
Complicated
and Expensive

The Capital Equipment Costs

Equipment

Estimated
Cost

Taps

Qty.

Ext. Cost

Notes

$1,200

2

Add Drop Mux

$25,000

2

$50,000 With GFP/VCAT

ATM Mux

$20,000

2

$40,000 Could be blades

Router

$15,000

2

$30,000

Layer1 tester

$20,000

1

$20,000 Test 1 link at a time

Layer 2/3/4

$75,000

1

$75,000 Protocol discovery

Estimated Total CAPEX

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$2,000

$217,000

The Operational Costs
Line Item

Estimated
Cost

Rack Space

$Varies

Service
Agreements

18% of
cost

Technician

$100,000

Qty.
1

Ext. Cost

Notes

$2,000 2 RU’s vs. 2
Racks
$39,000 18% of $217,000

.5

$50,000 Interval
dependent

Estimate Total Annual OPEX
Year 1 $91,000
Year 2 $91,000
Year 3 $91,000
Plus the Equipment Acquisition Cost of $217,000
The 3 Year Cost for 1 FDX Circuit $490,000

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The Ultimate Cost
• Missed Surveillance is Pricele$$
– Many solutions do not notify agencies of
circuit provisioning changes
– Manual scans (survey) are subject to error
– Un-Filtered data can over-run probes and
storage solutions
– Budgets are Budgets

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The Solution
• Consolidate multiple
network elements in a
purpose built platform.
• Automatically discover
Layer 1/2/3 allocation
and protocol content
• Provide unified IP
access to intercept
system
• Scalable ports and
bandwidth
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The Auto Discovery Process

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Unified IP Access
• If everything was IP we could:
– Sit on top of the stack and monitor everything
– Eliminate test and multiplexing gear
– Forget the legacy protocols
– Make investments in where we are going

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The Interceptor Portfolio

Interceptor Type
Interceptor Function
SONET/SDH Inputs with Optional
APS

2 x OC192/STM-64 or
4+4 or 8 x OC48/STM-16

1 x OC48/STM-16 or
4 x OC3/12 or STM-1/4

Auto-Discovery and Filtering
Bandwidth

20 Gbps

2.5 Gbps

Ethernet Output

4 x 10GigE

4 x GigE

TDM Streams
Auto-Discovery

From OC192/STM-64 to VC4/VC3,
PDH,
GFP/VCAT/LCAS

From OC48/STM-16 to VC4/VC3,
PDH from VC4/VC3 to VC12/VC11 and
DS0,
GFP/VCAT/LCAS

Framed Streams
Auto-Discovery and Filtering

POS, ATM*
128 streams

POS, ATM, HDLC
500 streams

Protocol Streams
Auto-discovery and Filtering

PPP, cHDLC, MPLS

PPP, cHDLC, MPLS, Frame Relay, SS7,
MLPPP

Higher Level Stream
Auto-Discovery and Filtering

N/A

Virtual Connections, Tunnels,
IP Streams
Application Streams

* Denotes Auto discovery support only

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Portfolio Deployment details
• The products can be deployed
as stand alone devices with
direct connections to probes.
• They may also be used in
conjunction with each other the
solve deeply channelized high
speed circuits.
– Higher speed containers of IP are
directed to probes on 10GigE of I4400/8800 platforms
– Lower speed containers and PDH
are cascaded to I-2400 platforms
for deep channel processing
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Summary
• Automatic SDH/SONET L1/L2 discovery and
monitoring
• Eliminate multiple network elements and rack
space they occupy
• Protocol translation (Unified IP Access!!!)
• Preserve Probe processing capacity for high
value functions.
• Ensures target data is continually monitored.
• Dramatically reduce CAPEX and OPEX while
increasing the surveillance effectiveness. .
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Thank you
Jesse Price
jprice@netquestcorp.com
NetQuest
Corporation
Mount Laurel, New Jersey

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