[unisog] Packeteer and it's competitors

Ryan Dorman Ryan.Dorman at millersville.edu
Tue Nov 23 20:54:59 GMT 2004


WE have a Packeteer 8500 ISP which handles our 4000+ campus users quite
well.. We originally had a 4500 that was brought in during a network crisis
as a demo unit and we wouldn't let the vendor take it back. We wrote them a
check for the demo unit.  Its been that good. (SUGGESTION: send your
Packateer admin to their training school).

Ryan Dorman, CCNA
Network Communications Specialist
Millersville University
717.871.5883
Ryan.Dorman at millersville.edu

PGP Public Key: http://cns.millersville.edu/rdorman_key.txt
<http://cns.millersville.edu/rdorman_key.txt> 



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From: "Hamstra, Dan" <HamstraD at gc.adventist.org>
Reply-To: UNIversity Security Operations Group <unisog at lists.sans.org>
Date: Tue, 23 Nov 2004 10:36:08 -0500
To: UNIversity Security Operations Group <unisog at lists.sans.org>
Subject: [unisog] Packeteer and it's competitors

We're looking at getting a Packeteer or NetEqualizer 
(http://www.netequalizer.com) <http://www.netequalizer.com)>  to help
"smooth out" our inbound 
congestion. 

We've got 600+ users in an office setting sharing two T-1's with a 
handful of e-mail and web servers hosted locally. No BGP is being used. 
Our "load balancing" is done by manually assigning certain groups of 
internal IP's to one T-1 or the other. Most (>60%) of my inbound traffic 
during the day is the replies to the http requests of our users. How 
much of this is actually P2P, streaming media, etc. happening on port 80 
is unknown to me at this point. 

We're not a higher ed site but I've heard that Packeteer is popular in 
the higher ed community and am looking for any advice on the 
effectiveness of it or competing products/Open Source projects. 

Since NetEqualizer is based on the GPL'ed Bandwidth Arbitrator 
(www.bandwidtharbitrator.com), I'd also be interested in any feedback on 
that product/project. 

Thanks for any help, 
Dan Hamstra 
Associate Director 
Information Systems Services 
General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists 
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