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NetExpress for all-in-one network performance monitoring

You need visibility into areas where issues may occur – applications, network and infrastructure – in order to identify, diagnose, and troubleshoot problems. SteelCentral NetExpress combines the best of flow and packet capture plus analysis and reporting into a single solution. The NetExpress appliance is best suited for the small to mid-size enterprise, a branch office location or a subsection of a larger network.

[NetExpress] allows us to move from that mode of putting fires out to really planning and making improvements to the infrastructure. It really gives us the freedom to move the school forward with other projects. - Kenneth Coakley, Director of Technology, The Pennington School

All-in-one monitoring for smaller deployments

You don’t need to be a large, multi-national company to need effective network performance management. Organizations of all sizes require a holistic view of the network, which is where NetExpress comes in. SteelCentral NetExpress (formerly Cascade Express) is all-in-one NPM solution that combines flow collection and analysis with packet collection and analysis for a complete monitoring and troubleshoot that’s perfect for small and mid-size enterprises.

Gain cost-effective, enterprise-class network performance monitoring in an easy-to-deploy solution

SteelCentral NetExpress is an all-in-one solution that includes the powerful features of:

  • SteelCentral NetProfiler for analytics, dependency mapping and reporting
  • SteelCentral Flow Gateway for flow data collection
  • SteelCentral NetShark for high-speed packet capture
  • A single concurrent license of SteelCentral Packet Analyzer software for fast, intuitive graphical packet analysis

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Speed problem identification and resolution

With NetExpress, minimize business disruption with top-down analysis that starts from the application and end-user perspective, and then drills down to the flow and packet level rather than the other way around. This approach lets you identify and solve problems in minutes instead of days or hours.

NetExpress Appliance

NetExpress Appliance

SteelCentral NetExpress appliance brings the same approach to appli­cation-aware network performance management (NPM) for small and medium enterprise (SME) as the separate appliances but in a single, integrated  form-factor for ease of use and deployment.

Address the IT performance complexities of small and medium enterprises

Performance challenges that typically take a team of people to isolate and fix can now be done by one person, with a flexible and agile appliance that scales and grows with the business.

Enable IT to focus on what really matters

SteelCentral NetExpress can be used for a broad spectrum of performance and IT projects providing ultimate flexibility, such as capacity management, QoS profiling, and network troubleshooting. It is instrumental for understanding how an application might affect network performance before being deployed.

NetExpress Virtual

Easy-to-deploy, virtualized, all-in-one network performance monitoring solution

Increase application visibility and improve performance across virtualized networks, in the cloud, and in software-defined data centers

Is NetExpress Virtual Edition right for my organization?

If your organization has embraced virtualization, and is beginning to adopt cloud and software-defined data center (SDDC) technology, you know how hard it can be to maintain visibility in these hybrid environments, let alone try to install monitoring appliances.

SteelCentral NetExpress Virtual Edition runs on VMware vSphere to provide added deployment flexibility, gain expanded visibility and move your monitoring where it’s needed, whether it’s between data centers or in the cloud. Its virtualized form factor allows it to be deployed:

  • By companies that have fully embraced virtualization
  • Within software-defined data centers, whether or not you are using SDN overlay networks
  • By small or medium-sized enterprises as a virtual alternative to the SteelCentral NetExpress appliance

Download Free Trial: SteelCentral NetExpress Virtual Edition

How it Works

A complete and affordable Riverbed NPM solution

Visibility into your network and application behavior
Seeing what you’ve got on your network begins with a discovery wizard that automates the process of mapping transactions to their underlying infrastructure so that application definitions and interdependencies are accurate.

Real-time analytics for early warning
Once you’ve mapped your network, you next begin monitoring behavior. Real-time dashboards offer an at-a-glance view of the health of your applications and networked locations. You’ll be able to proactively mitigate IT issues with early warning notifications that uncover abnormal activity patterns.

Drill down on problems right down into the packet details
The top-down workflow paradigm begins with the end user, and then lets you dig deeper to isolate and diagnose performance issues. Now even SMEs get enterprise-class flow monitoring tightly integrated with packet capture and packet analysis.

Leverage complete application-level visibility

Off the shelf, SteelCentral NetExpress identifies more than 1300 popular applications with deep packet inspection of application traffic, for easy viewing and analysis so you can quickly and accurately distinguish business-critical from recreational applications. 

Use existing network devices to gain insight into traffic and bandwidth usage

Use your Riverbed SteelHead or SteelFusion Edge to send flow data or packet data to SteelCentral NetExpress for deeper application-aware network performance management and easy monitoring and troubleshooting across the WAN optimized network or branch converge infrastructure with no additional probes required.

Tech Specs

Technical Specifications

Need help choosing the SteelCentral NetExpress product that’s right for your organization?

Learn more about the technical characteristics and requirements of each model in the SteelCentral spec sheet.

Download: SteelCentral NPM Family Spec Sheet

Download: SteelCentral Family Brochure


The Pennington School

Steelcentral NetExpress helps private school use cloud-based learning as competitive advantage to increase enrollment

Partner Solution

IXIA Network Visibility Solutions complements Riverbed SteelCentral by extending access to all the physical & virtual network traffic needed for analysis.

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