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Scrutinizer Version 7.3 Adds New Ways To Identify Applications On The Network By Utilizing Cisco Nbar Technology, Which Has Been Incorporated By Cisco Into Flexible Netflow.

Jon Mills

Sanford, ME — Nov 19, 2009 — Plixer International, developers of a market leading NetFlow and sFlow analysis tool set, today released Scrutinizer NetFlow & sFlow Analyzer version 7.3, bringing network traffic analysis software to the next level.

With the latest release of their NetFlow analyzer, Plixer has introduced several new report types, including NBAR reports. Cisco’s NBAR technology does deep packet inspection into the traffic moving through the router to identify the applications being used by hosts. For example; H323, Telnet, RTP, Exchange and Skype are identified and exported in NetFlow.

“We feel, and have felt for some time, that Flexible NetFlow has the potential to expand greatly on the level of information that can be reported on by standard NetFlow,” says Plixer CTO, Marc Bilodeau. “With Scrutinizer NetFlow & sFlow Analyzer version 7.3, Plixer is leading the pack in not only the adoption of Flexible NetFlow, but in the implementation of its key advantages over other versions of NetFlow.”

“Traditionally, only the source and destination port have been exported (e.g. TCP port 80) in NetFlow v5 and v9. Flexible NetFlow improves on NetFlow v9 to make NBAR exports possible, with the proper firmware update. Scrutinizer with Flow Analytics can set thresholds and alarm on NBAR flows using nearly any combination fields.”

In addition to NBAR support, the latest version of Plixer’s network traffic analysis software adds several more traffic monitoring report types, like Flow Volume, Flow Connections, Host Volume, Pair Volume and more.

To complement the enhancements to the core product, Scrutinizer’s Network Behavior Analysis (NBA) tool, called Flow Analytics, has added new algorithms for detecting potential malicious traffic, such as Breach Attempts Violation, DNS Violation, Nefarious Activity Violation and Unfinished Flows Violation.

Pricing and availability
Scrutinizer NetFlow & sFlow Analyzer v7.3 is available for download now.

Scrutinizer is a completely free NetFlow analysis tool, but for historical data retention beyond 24 hours and additional traffic diagnostics features, the Flow Analytics module is available starting at $1,995.

For more information on Scrutinizer product pricing visit the Plixer Purchase Options page.

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About Plixer International, Inc.

Plixer International, Inc. develops and markets network traffic monitoring and analysis tools to the global market. All of the tools are built from the ground up with valuable feature sets and ease of use in mind. Plixer tools have been used to analyze and troubleshoot irregular traffic patterns by IT professionals with some of the largest networks in the world, such as CNN, The Coca-Cola Company, Lockheed Martin, IBM, Regal Cinemas, Raytheon, and Eddie Bauer.

For product and sales information, contact Plixer International, Inc. at 1 Eagle Drive, Sanford, Maine, via telephone (207) 324-8805, fax (207) 324-8683; or visit the Plixer website.

Published in Press Releases 2009