Esphion to watch Xtra's traffic

Auckland network software company Esphion has sold its monitoring software to ISP Xtra.

Auckland network software company Esphion has signed a deal with the country's largest ISP, Xtra, which will see Xtra using netDetail traffic monitoring software to manage its bandwidth usage.

Esphion is switching tack from being a security product maker, based on its netDeflect anti-denial of service (DOS) product, to getting into the network intelligence market. It hopes Xtra will be the first of many such customers, says co-founder Johnny Cates.

"All the global networks--wireless, satellite and fixed line--are going IP backbone, and with IP there are so many different classes of service going down the pipe." Cates says netDetail allows ISPs a fine level of understanding.

"NetDetail allows Xtra to plan for future capacity growth by giving it a low level IP analysis tool that shows traffic patterns in real time."

Cates says the software doesn't include tools for shaping traffic but does give Xtra a clear picture of traffic moment-by-moment.

"Xtra wants to manage the service downstream to its clients better. With that intelligence it can make more pro-active decisions."

Esphion, which has appointed former Advantage Group head Greg Cross chief executive in place of the departing Cates, has struck alliances with US network equipment maker Juniper Networks and French telco equipment manufacturer Alcatel.

Telecom also owns a stake in the company through investment firm TMT Ventures.

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