Nokia announces plans to acquire Deepfield

Nokia to acquire Deepfield to power network and service automation with real-time, big data analytics

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  • Deepfield provides integrated cloud, application and IP network insight in real time so customers can quickly improve network performance, efficiency and security
  • Its technology drives and guides SDN controllers to make automated changes to networks so they can quickly adapt to changes in application demand, flow and traffic patterns
  • Enriches visibility of customer experience management (CEM) and service assurance software so it can help ensure ongoing service/subscriber health and satisfaction

15 December 2016

Espoo, Finland - Nokia today announced plans to acquire Deepfield, the US-based leader in real-time analytics for IP network performance management and security. The acquisition will extend Nokia's leadership in real-time, analytics-driven network and service automation, providing customers including communications service providers, cable operators and cloud, webscale and large technology companies with greater network and application insight, control and DDoS protection.

Even though cloud applications and services - including Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go, Google Docs and Facebook - make up more than 60% of network traffic today*, providers have very limited insight into which applications are running on their networks, and what impact this application traffic is having on their networks and subscribers. At the same time, the advent of SDN and NFV technologies is creating increased demand for network and service automation, which requires big data analytics - delivered in real time - to drive it.

Deepfield's powerful and unique Internet Genome technology solves the visibility problem by identifying over 30 000 popular cloud applications and services, tracking how this traffic runs to and through networks to reach subscribers, in real time, and without the need for expensive probes, taps and monitors in the network itself. The result is powerful multi-dimensional views of the network and the applications that flow through it that can support advanced IP network engineering and assurance use cases.

Nokia plans to solve the network and service automation problem by coupling Deepfield big data analytics with the dynamic control capabilities of open SDN platforms, such as the Nokia Network Services Platform (NSP) and Nuage Networks Virtualized Services Platform (VSP). Together, these products become the cognitive "brain" that makes real-time, automated changes to wide area networks (WANs) and datacenter networks so they can quickly adapt to changes in application demand, flow and traffic patterns. This will allow Nokia customers to drive greater network efficiency, help assure quality and enhance security - without manual intervention, and in real-time.

Nokia's service assurance and customer experience management portfolios would also leverage Deepfield's big data analytics, including per subscriber application performance, to automate actions that ensure ongoing service health and customer satisfaction.

Basil Alwan, president of Nokia's IP/Optical Networks business group, said: "We are impressed with Deepfield's unique approach to network analytics and their deployments with major providers around the globe, delivering critical visibility into how leading cloud applications and services flow through their networks. Combining Deepfield's cutting-edge analytics with Software Defined Networking techniques (SDN) will allow our customers to automate engineering and assurance processes while enhancing performance, utilization and security. We believe this capability will only increase in importance as networks and applications become more complex, diverse and dynamic."

Craig Labovitz, founder and CEO of Deepfield, said: "We are very pleased to join Nokia, a like-minded global leader in IP networking with shared values in network innovation. I look forward to leveraging the strength of Nokia's world-class customer, sales and support footprint to take our Deepfield technology worldwide. This will also give us a solid foundation from which to accelerate the creation of new value - both in the Deepfield portfolio, and in joint areas such as telemetry and automation."

Deepfield was founded in 2011 and is privately held. Headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the company employs approximately 65 people. The planned transaction is expected to close in Q1 2017, subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.

* According to a study by Deepfield

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From the enabling infrastructure for 5G and the Internet of Things, to emerging applications in virtual reality and digital health, we are shaping the future of technology to transform the human experience. www.nokia.com

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ASN Level Visibility is Not Enough

ASN Level Visibility is Not Enough

Every CDN caches their own content onnet, but they also rely on transit companies to cache their content offnet so it can reach their customer via the most optimal path. When you look at direct peering by ASN, you see a small fraction of the story. Here's how we access the rest.

Pan-European Terabit Network Provider, GÉANT, Chooses Deepfield to Provide Next Generation Network Visibility and Analytics

Pan-European Terabit Network Provider, GÉANT, Chooses Deepfield to Provide Next Generation Network Visibility and Analytics

The Deepfield Platform Chosen Due to Ease of Use and Quality of Analytics After Side-by-Side Comparison with Other Global Players

How many days will your customer suffer poor Netflix quality before they switch ISPs?

In 2016, a slow internet connection might as well be a broken internet connection. Consistently providing the best quality of experience (QoE) possible to subscribers is the number one goal of all Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and content providers. Increasingly, this refers to the HD streaming of OTT services such as Netflix, which boasts “over 86 million members in over 190 countries enjoying more than 125 million hours” of media per day—all of which is distributed via the ISP of choice.  

With the introduction of the monthly Netflix ISP Speed Index1 in 2013, ISPs have had a unique way to measure their quality of streaming against competitors at a global scale. This 10,000 ft. view, on occasion, unearths issues that might previously have gone unnoticed. 

Top-tier MSO reclaimed their Netflix Speed Index Rating after deploying Deepfield SA to triage an issue with capacity by geo location:

In this case, a network engineer at the ISP was able to identify the problem when their management team inquired about a drastic drop in their Netflix speed rating during a three-month span. Using the Deepfield Cloud Intelligence platform, they were able search a custom data dimension to see that the issue occurred in one specific geo-location where one port overflowed to a non-optimal cache 2000 bit miles away when it reached capacity at peak. After pinpointing the problem, a quick fix of adding more capacity at POP 1 and ensuring that the default overflow pulled from a local cache resulted in a restored Netflix ISP Speed Index rating immediately.

Contact us to learn more about how this Network Operator used Data Explorer with custom dimensions with Singularity, Service Assurance, and Cloud Intelligence to contextualize, correlate, and pinpoint the root cause of this exact problem.

1According to Netflix, “The Netflix ISP Speed Index lists the average prime time bitrate for Netflix content streamed to Netflix members during a particular month. For ‘Prime Time’, we calculate the average bitrate of Netflix content in megabits per second (Mbps) streamed by Netflix members per ISP. We measure the speed via all available end user devices. For a small number of devices, we cannot calculate the exact bitrates and streaming via cellular networks is exempted from our measurements. The speed indicated in the Netflix ISP Speed Index is not a measure of the maximum throughput or the maximum capacity of an ISP.”

 

 

The Internet is More Dangerous Than Ever Before

After the latest wide-spread DDoS attack that targeted Dyn at the DNS level, we are reminded that the Internet is only becoming more dangerous. 

In a recent article published by the Wall Street Journal, Deepfield Co-Founder and CEO, Dr. Craig Labovitz was sought out for his expert opinion on the current state of Internet security.

"Denial-of-service attacks have been around for decades, but the attack on Dyn was made particularly severe by an influx of new, poorly secured devices onto an increasingly complex and interdependent global internet," said Craig Labovitz, co-founder and chief executive of Deepfield Inc., a network-analytics company.
“The problem is still here,” Mr. Labovitz said. “And it may be worse than it was before.”

Deepfield's next-generation DDoS solution, Defender, is a state-of-the-art software-based application that accesses patented global service mapping technology to provide unparalleled context and surgical precision in extracting DDoS attacks from a network.

Light Reading: CEO Chat with Deepfield’s Dr. Craig Labovitz

Network analytics have come far over the last several years—the days of SNMP being the only game in town are long gone. Given the complexity of today’s network and service infrastructure, network management requires sophisticated, scalable analytics to more efficiently orchestrate traffic, assure service quality, and secure your network.

Deepfield CEO, Craig Labovitz, sits with Steve Saunders of Light Reading to discuss the evolution of network management, market trends, and how the Deepfield platform provides a user-friendly UI with real-time, scalable, big-data analytics to monitor networks and provide actionable analytics for cable, fixed line, mobility and large enterprises.

 

Dr. Craig Labovitz visits PacketPushers to explain how Deepfield puts Network Telemetry to Work

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Today’s Weekly Show, sponsored by Deepfield, is all about leveraging the rapidly growing volume of real-time streaming telemetry data from routers and servers to more efficiently orchestrate traffic, assure service quality, and secure your network.

Greg and Ethan’s guest is Dr. Craig Labovitz, co-founder and CEO of Deepfield. Craig was one of the early backbone engineers on NSFNet, and was formerly the Chief Architect at Arbor Networks.  You can follow Craig on Twitter at @labovit and check out Deepfield’s Web site atwww.deepfield.com.

The conversation starts with an overview of how far network analytics has come over the last several years–the days of SNMP being the only game in town are long gone.

The discussion then explores how streaming telemetry and real-time traffic analytics are being used to drive orchestration and manage traffic across thousands of network devices and servers in some of the largest content companies, CDNs, and telecom providers around the world.

If you’re looking for a better understanding of real-time network analytics and Deepfield, take a listen!

Deepfield Looks to Disrupt Service Assurance with xSA

Deepfield and Canonical Demonstrate Intelligent Service Assurance at MWC

Ann Arbor, Michigan, February 19, 2016 – Deepfield, a leading provider for operational intelligence software for service providers and enterprises, has announced the release of its service assurance application xSA. Following a year of successful trials, the xSA solution is now commercially deployed by four large North American carriers. The highly scalable xSA solution provides real-time video quality analytics across tens of millions of subscribers for service providers, ensuring the best quality of experience.

Deepfield xSA software replaces racks of expensive, legacy probe, and service assurance hardware in enterprise and carrier data centers. xSA helps eliminate unnecessary truck rolls, reduces customer care calls, and more efficiently remedies performance issues. xSA achieves these benefits through advanced KPI monitoring, base-lining, and anomaly detection.

“We built xSA because it was obvious most service assurance solutions were stuck in the failing model of throwing hardware at the problem. Our customers could no longer afford the complexity nor the cost of regular SA hardware upgrades; they were losing the fight against Moore’s Law,” said Jeffrey Bazar, chief strategy officer at Deepfield. “xSA changes the game for mobile, fixed-line, and cable service providers with a highly scalable, cost-effective software solution comprised of modern analytics and advanced machine learning.”

Deepfield Partners with Canonical to improve Service Assurance

Deepfield and Canonical are partnering to automate Service Assurance Orchestration to reduce operational costs. “Operators need to offer the best quality of experience for their services. If you can’t measure it, then you can’t improve it. Deepfield will make it easy for telecom operators to measure QoE,” said Maarten Ectors, VP of IoT, NG-Networking and Proximity Cloud at Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu. “Canonical’s Juju will enable telecom operators to deploy, integrate, and scale out the Deepfield solution easily.”

Deepfield will showcase an end-to-end network view of QoE metrics at Mobile World Congress (MWC), Hall 3, Stand 3J30, Barcelona, Spain, February 22-25, 2016. To schedule a demonstration with Deepfield and Canonical, please contact Jeffrey Bazar at (jeff@deepfield.com).

 
About Deepfield
Deepfield® is the leading platform for Network Operational Intelligence. Deepfield software searches, monitors, analyzes, and visualizes machine-generated big data from applications, servers, networks, and sensors. Over 85% of US cable, fixed-line, mobile, and enterprise organizations use Deepfield software to deepen business and customer understanding, mitigate DDOS attacks, improve service performance, and reduce costs. Deepfield is a fast growing start-up—tripling revenue and doubling the number of employees in 2015.  Visit www.deepfield.com to learn more.

Deepfield More Than Tripled Revenue and Doubled in Size in 2015

ANN ARBOR, MI, Jan. 28, 2016

Deepfield, the leading provider of cloud-scale real-time network performance analytics and security SaaS for service providers and enterprises, announced a year of rapid growth highlighted by contracts to multiple large content providers, carriers and more than 85% of U.S. cable operators. Deepfield more than tripled revenue and doubled in size in 2015. Moreover, strong demand for Deepfield’s Operational Intelligence platform positions the company to continue this strong growth rate and adoption in 2016.

Deepfield customers include communication service providers and Fortune 500 enterprises spanning North America, Europe, Asia and South America. The company is seeing strong interest in its solutions for network performance and DDOS offerings for service providers and enterprises. Deepfield solutions replace legacy proprietary hardware-based solutions that are slow and expensive to deploy and designed around closed architectures limiting their scalability. The Deepfield solution, featuring cloud-scale, multi-tenancy, open API-driven, and real-time SaaS is uniquely poised to help our customers transition away from proprietary hardware and toward a more agile, software-based and DevOps-friendly approach.

“We started Deepfield to solve serious challenges facing large enterprises and CSPs around network and security visibility. Our early success is part of a larger trend in the virtualization of data centers and adoption of cloud computing,” said Dr. Craig Labovitz, CEO and co-founder of Deepfield. “Like virtualized and cloud-based computing, cloud-scale analytics technology brings a dramatic increase in the agility and flexibility of network and security management, scalability and cost efficiency, enabling large enterprises and CSPs to replace the myriad of specialized hardware probes, service assurance appliances, and network management point solutions with our solution.”

Deepfield will exhibit at Mobile World Congress, in Barcelona, Spain, February 22-25, 2016 as well as several major industry conferences in 2016, including MPLS SDN World Congress, NFV World Congress and NANOG. To set an appointment to meet with the team and see demonstrations of Deepfield Operational Intelligence platform please contact Jeffrey Bazar at jeff@deepfield.com.

Deepfield Receives Follow-on, Network-wide Order from Major North American Cable MSO

Deepfield’s Service-level Performance Analytics Helps Cable Operator Deliver High-Quality Video Streaming

ANN ARBOR, Mich., June 30, 2015—Deepfield, the leading provider of big data analytics software for Communications Service Providers (CSPs), Cloud Providers, and Enterprises, today announced it has received a substantial follow-on order from a major North American Cable MSO in the US to significantly expand its network visibility footprint.  This order demonstrates the on-going business value that MSOs are deriving from Deepfield’s Singularity™ Big Data analytics platform, a highly scalable and cost-effective virtualized software environment. The Singularity platform and applications are a perfect for use in data centers and service provider networks, including those implementing Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).

MSOs are continuing to experience rapid video streaming growth in their networks. Driven by new brand-name OTT services, in-house video-on-demand services, and support for UHD-quality video, they are looking to ensure that their networks can support high-quality video streaming end-to-end across their entire network footprint while judiciously managing their CapEx spend on incremental network infrastructure. By optimizing their access networks for video services, Cable MSOs can significantly reduce their video traffic across their backbone networks, providing better service to their subscribers, while reducing costs in delivery.

“MSOs are continually making changes to their network infrastructure since they are facing increased bandwidth needs from the subscribers especially given their increasing appetite for video streaming as they shift away from broadcast TV,” says Craig Labovitz, CEO at Deepfield. “Hot regional markets for video streaming need to be identified carefully and quickly so that network infrastructure can be optimized and ROI can be improved. DeepField enables real-time video traffic monitoring by service and monitors its bandwidth utilization.  By using this intelligence, CSPs can avoid network issues before they occur and reduce subscriber churn rates.”

Deepfield’s revolutionary Cloud Genome™ technology automatically and continuously identifies and tracks the structure of thousands of cloud-based services. It operates as an automated, intelligent data mining agent examining and interacting with these services to learn the traffic patterns that identify them—like DNA—thereby mapping the cyber supply chain of the Internet. In the case of OTT video streaming, Cloud Genome helps CSPs to identify video traffic CDN patterns to optimize and/or augment OTT video service delivery.

For more information on DeepField or to purchase DeepField products, please visit www.deepfield.com.

About Deepfield, Inc.

Deepfield is the leading provider of Big Data Analytics platform and application software for communication service providers, cloud providers and enterprises worldwide. Its Singularity® platform helps customers identify security threats, assess network performance, and formulate SDN-compatible control policies. DeepField’s deployments cover more than 1/3 of all US Internet traffic. For more information, visit www.deepfield.com.

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Dr. Rob Malan Joins Deepfield as VP of Product

Deepfield, the leading provider of big data security and analytics software for communications service providers (CSPs) and large enterprises, today announced that Dr. Rob Malan has joined Deepfield as Vice President of Product. Leveraging his expertise in security and large network analytics, Dr. Malan will lead product vision, strategy and delivery.

Prior to joining Deepfield, Dr. Malan served as co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Arbor Networks where he successfully translated cutting edge University of Michigan research into a fast-growing company that enjoyed more than $1B in sales and a successful acquisition in 2010. “I am thrilled to have Rob join and take the helm of our next generation of security and analytics products,” said Dr. Craig Labovitz, CEO at Deepfield.  “Over the last twenty years, Rob and I have enjoyed a successful collaboration spanning cutting edge Internet research in the 90’s to developing the industry’s first generation security and analytics products at Arbor. In 2016, advances in cloud computing and Internet applications have completely transformed the networking industry,” said Labovitz.  “Today’s networks require a new approach and Rob is the right guy with exactly the right experience to help us to sustain innovation across our product portfolio and continue our track record of success.”

For more information on Deepfield or to purchase Deepfield products, please visit www.deepfield.com.

Five New Major Customer Wins For Breakthrough Big Data Platform

Deepfield, the leading provider of Big Data solutions for Cloud Providers, Telecom and Cable Operators announced today five new large contracts for their Singularity™ Big Data platform and Cloud Intelligence™ application.

The Deepfield solution provides real-time analytics into cost, performance, and quality of experience across tens of millions of customers and terabytes of streaming data from routers, switches and datacenter elements. With the addition of these five new customers, Deepfield is now the largest Cloud and Telecom Big Data provider in the Americas with coverage of more than 1/5 of all US Internet traffic.

Previously publicly named customers include Comcast, Time Warner Cable and the primary research and education network in the US, Internet2. This year, Deepfield also expanded into Europe, Asia and Latin America with multiple large cloud, cable, and telecom customer wins.

“These most recent wins for Deepfield show the growing market demand for improving customer quality of experience, reducing costs and competing in the increasingly complex new Internet economy. We are especially proud that many of these wins were competitive evaluations with other Big Data solutions,” said Deepfield CEO, Dr. Craig Labovitz.

“We are also encouraged by the diversity of our user-base, from engineers focused on traffic management to marketing executives and CEOs solving business problems.” said Jeffrey Bazar, VP of Business Development. He continued, “We are also excited about the adoption of our platform API to provide network visibility to traditional OSS/BSS systems, next-generation orchestration systems, and SDN controllers.”

Deepfield Cloud Intelligence Now Available!

Deepfield announces general availability of its flagship cloud analytics product

Deepfield Cloud Intelligence Deployed Across 1/5 of US Internet

ANN ARBOR, Mich., August 1, 2013—Deepfield announced today the general availability of its flagship Cloud Intelligence™ product. Deepfield Cloud Intelligence provides real-time management of cloud and over-the-top services to dramatically improve performance and reduce costs in large enterprises, carriers and cloud providers.

Deepfield CEO & Co-Founder Craig Labovitz said today that Deepfield is now used by a wide cross-section of US cloud and consumer Internet providers equating to roughly 1/5 of all US Internet traffic. Deepfield initial customers include cloud providers, content delivery companies, carriers and large enterprises in the US, Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Deepfield provides Cloud Intelligence as either software virtual appliances or a hosted service (SaaS). Labovitz said Deepfield’s software solution replaces racks of specialized service assurance, network management and analytics hardware in enterprise and carrier data centers. “Legacy hardware solutions are on the wrong side of Moore’s Law,” said Labovitz. “Ten years ago the problem was getting data from servers and network infrastructure. Today, the challenge is how to leverage massive streams of network and cloud performance data to make intelligent business decisions. Our Cloud Genome® technology enables our products to do in software what was previously only possible in hardware making our platform highly scalable and an order of magnitude more cost effective.”

Deepfield’s breakthrough Cloud Genome technology automatically learns the structure of both public and private cloud services. Like human DNA, the Cloud Genome provides the key for decoding massive streams of real-time network data. Chief Data Scientist Naim Falandino said, “Deepfield has built a platform that can deal with the Three V’s of big data: volume, variety and velocity. The differentiator is that in addition to storing, analyzing and accessing this data, our platform also applies a deep level of domain knowledge to it so that users can immediately derive value for their business needs.”

Companies can request a free trial of Deepfield products by visiting http://www.deepfield.com.

Contact: Mike Porter, Deepfield; 1-888-397-2547