Roll your own vCPE solution with KVM and Sinefa
Sinefa probes are super flexible when it comes to deployment, you can put them almost anywhere to achieve 100% visibility coverage.
Virtual Customer Premises Equipment(vCPE) is becoming very popular for providing network and other compute services to the branch. vCPE disrupts the way new services are delivered to the branch. Domain controller, print services, backup solutions etc can all be deployed in production without anyone moving from their desks. Pick a product and push it out. All this virtualisation and the agility that it enables requires great visibility to be managed effectively. There are no more physical cables and boxes to look at. So here's a simple example of how to get realtime visibility across your virtual branches in minutes.
An increasingly popular deployment method is virtually inline, that is, to install the Sinefa probe as a virtual appliance in the data path. Being in the data path enables the full functionality of the Sinefa probe, including live streaming, visibility reports, network quality and traffic shaping.
The best part is, Sinefa probes can be installed this way alongside other core networking services such as routers, firewalls, network security and WAN optimization functions. Using standard commodity off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware, it's extremely cost effective to install one or all of these common network functions on a single device. This eliminates the need for multiple physical devices at branch offices, saving on space, power, complexity and cost.
Sinefa probes support running as optimized virtual appliances using VMware and KVM hypervisors and provide extremely flexible configuration options (e.g. multiple in-path bridges, seperate management interfaces). This makes it very easy to deploy Sinefa probes virtually inline as well as service chain them with other network functions.
We recently developed a tutorial that shows how a Sinefa probe can be deployed virtually inline and service chained with a Brocade virtual router. This was all done on a small server that costs less than $500 using Ubuntu Linux and KVM- check it out here: https://community.sinefa.com/hc/en-us/articles/227541808
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