Today Procera announced that the latest NAVL (Network Application Visibility Layer) software release hit industry-leading performance numbers. NAVL is Procera's standalone Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) engine which can be integrated into partner products such as firewalls, UTM devices and access points. NAVL was added to Procera's product library through the Vineyard Networks acquisition in 2013.
Over the last 8 months, the NAVL development team has been hard at work enhancing NAVL's performance. The original goal was a 20% performance improvement. This number was based on market demand from our new and existing partners. We listened and delivered... beyond their expectations.
Earlier this month NAVL 4.3 was released to all of our valued customers with not a 20% boost, but an average improvement of 50% across all supported applications! Let me emphasize the significance of average: a peak performance increase is an easier target to meet, our peak increase was around 200% in some circumstances but what would be seen on a regular basis, and what our partners valued was average throughput and it's what we delivered.
This performance means DPI inspection time is decreased significantly while freeing valuable CPU cycles for other tasks such as rulebases, QoS and blocking which all leads to throughput. We used to average 6-7gbps on standard Intel Xeon hardware. The same hardware can now perform between 9gbps to wire speed on a single core. ROI and form factors can be greatly improved by this efficiency.
The performance improvement was the primary goal over since the last release but not the only one: While our competitors are increasing complexity by adding up to 10,000 signature files, Procera's NAVL team saw an opportunity to provide a simpler integration experience while improving platform support. This was achieved by combining the signature files with the engine.
With this second enhancement in NAVL 4.3, our partners can now download, upgrade and deploy a single file to enjoy all the benefits of newer application detection and metadata. Complexity goes down, filesize goes down, efficiency goes up. With all of our partners standing behind this move it's sure to make a big impact in the DPI space.
We will be demonstrating NAVL's latest performance benchmark at the upcoming RSA show in San Francisco. Stop by booth 2421 in the South Hall to come see the impressive leap in performance!