Streamcore Focuses on Visibility and Efficiency

Streamcore, headquartered in Paris, France, is an established, privately held global provider of network visibility and dynamic performance control solutions to manage application and VoIP delivery over the WAN. The company was founded in 2003 by systems and networking experts from France Telecom, BT, Alcatel Lucent and Cisco. Since that time, Streamcore has raised over 25 million euros (approximately $33 million) in funding, demonstrating a clear endorsement of their solutions from the venture capital community. The founders developed Streamcore’s solution to help businesses to understand what was happening on the network, controlling traffic to guarantee optimal traffic flows over the WAN at all times. Streamcore has grown to employ 50 employees worldwide, plus sales offices in the United States, France, Germany and the Middle East. The company claims over 250 enterprise and service provider customers have adopted their solutions to manage over 20,000 sites worldwide, including such notables as Brinks, L’Oreal, Merck, Philips and Volvo.

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The system provides a wide range of network information, including the traffic load on a particular access link (see Figure 1); historical Mean Opinion Score (MOS) results on that link (see Figure 2); statistical distribution of the application traffic on the WAN (see Figure 3); plus details of network alarms (see Figure 4). Measurements are available per site or even per communication, to assist with impact analysis of new VoIP deployments. In addition to the real-time monitoring, the system stores historical data for up to two years. This information can be used for capacity planning to track VoIP call activity, call volume, call quality, failures, link utilization and more.

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Further details on the Streamcore architecture and products can be found here. Our next tutorial will continue our examination of vendors’ network management architectures.

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