Northland Cable Television (http://www.northlandcabletv.com) is deploying a traffic management system from Allot Communications (http://www.allot.com) to manage bandwidth for the MSO's 80 headend sites in states such as Alabama, California, Georgia, Idaho, the Carolinas, Mississippi, Texas and Washington.
Excessive peer-to-peer traffic coursing Northland's networks, particularly in markets serving multiple universities, was affecting Northland's network performance. With Allot's NetEnforcer management system, the MSO said it can now manage P2P traffic and effectively limit aggregate peak bandwidth usage in particular areas.
"NetEnforcer has become an integral part of our data services rollout because it gives us tremendous network efficiency, improves the end-user experience and performance, and saves us money in the process," said Northland Network Engineer Robert Wolfe, in a statement.
Separately, Allot has debuted the NetEnforcer AC-1020, a system that monitors, classifies and shapes network traffic up to Layer 7. The new product is specifically designed for high availability mesh networks in which multiple routers, switches and links are used to maintain 24/7 network availability, the company said. Priced at $40,000, the AC-1020 is available in throughputs ranging from 155 Mbps to full, bi-directional 1 Gbps.