Peribit utilises molecular research for networking

Peribit Networks is adopting a scientific approach to improving data transfer across networks. The vendor’s Molecular Sequence Reduction (MSR) technology originates from research into DNA.

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By  Zoe Moleshead Published  November 5, 2002

Molecular sequence reduction|~||~||~|Peribit Networks is adopting a scientific approach to improving data transfer across networks. The vendor’s Molecular Sequence Reduction (MSR) technology and solutions originate from research into DNA and its sequencing and pattern correlation processes. This information has been transformed to consolidate data transfer through Ethernet networks.

“As part of a DNA project, one of our founders built an algorithm, which he has then taken and modified to create what we call Molecular Sequence Reduction. What this does is search through the data on an Ethernet network to find repetitive patterns, which could be a word, a sentence, a paragraph, a HTML image, an e-mail attachment — it doesn’t matter, it is agnostic of the application type,” says Shane Buckley, president, Peribit Networks, Europe, Middle East & Africa.

Once these patterns have been identified, Peribit’s SR-50 and SR-55 sequence reducers record them in their dictionaries, and these entries are then synchronised with any other Peribit devices on the network.

“When it [the sequence reducer] has synchronised the dictionary all it will do is send the label across the network, but not the actual traffic. The device on the other side of the network translates this label back into the full stream, byte for byte, bit for bit, packet for packet. That is how we provide the incremental reduction,” explains Buckley.

According to Buckley, customer trials have yielded 70-90% reductions in network traffic when using the technology, which is capable of operating on all IP traffic, from a byte to multibyte level and at speeds of up to 45 M/bits/s.

Additionally, the sequence reducers are capable of working at the packet level to reduce the amount of traffic routers have to handle. “In environments where there is high latency of the network because packets are going through multiple routers it will reduce this latency, so applications will run faster,” says Buckley.

The self-learning and configuration capabilities of the MSR technology also ease the management tasks of network administrators. All they have to do is plug in the device and it will automatically locate other Peribit devices on the network, as well as downloading the routing tables to learn all the network addresses.

The solution also offers Quality of Service (QoS) functionality, enabling users to prioritise their traffic transfer. While the detailed network reports allow administrators to carry out capacity planning.

“All the applications to the backbone are identified with the traffic percentages that they are consuming and then reduction per application. It also gives you the information on a time basis — this hour, last hour, today, yesterday, last week and so on,” explains Buckley.

Locally the vendor has assigned a partner, Worley Arabia Communications based in Saudi Arabia. Worley is responsible for promoting Peribit’s solutions, as well installing, servicing and supporting customers.

“Our go to market model is based on partnerships. In the Middle East market. We have appointed Worley Arabia as our distributors; their role is to represent us in the market and they are working with us to sign up new resellers,” says Buckley.

The partnership has already yielded a customer win in the form of Riyadh-based Al Bank Al Saudi Al Fransi, and Buckley says additional projects are also in the deployment stages.

“Worley and Peribit have been working together for seven months and we have our first customer with Al Bank Al Saudi Al Fransi, with a number of other customers that we should be able to announce soon,” he states.

For Al Fransi, Peribit’s MSR technology provided it with an opportunity to improve its network capacity and throughput without having to invest in additional bandwidth, which would have proved a costly process. As a result of deploying the Peribit solution, the bank’s wide area network (WAN) is now operating at four times its previous capacity.

“Our first concern in selecting Peribit’s MSR technology was optimising our network capacity and capability — cost reduction was a secondary concern for us,” comments Ahmed Al-Kassim, head of open systems/telecommunications & IT development division, Al Bank Al Saudi Al Fransi.

“After testing the equipment internally we were sufficiently convinced that the bank would receive immediate benefit from the technology, and with almost no related administrative cost. In fact, Al Bank Al Saudi Al Fransi estimates that our Peribit MSR technology will pay for itself in less than one year,” he adds.

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