25 May

128 Technology: 128T Networking Platform

128 Technology: 128T Networking Platform

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We’re proud to announce that tCognition has recently partnered with 128 Technology, Inc. (Burlington); the former founders of Acme Packet (now Oracle)!

128 Technology in a Nutshell

128 Technology understands that for many companies, the network is a core part of their business – and in some cases, the network is their core business. They have developed the game-changing and stateful 128T Networking Platform (128T), which uses a Secure Vector Routing architecture that exponentially improves enterprise application performance, Cloud (AWSAzureGoogle), Security & Identity Governance, and network simplification, all while reducing cost through the elimination of now unnecessary devices (i.e. load balancers, firewalls, etc.).

128 Technology’s vision for 128T is rooted in the five basic principles below:

IP networks should be session-aware

All meaningful IP services and applications are based on sessions – the two-way exchange of information between endpoints. A session-oriented perspective provides the basis for a fundamentally new way of building, optimizing, and securing networks with end-to-end, fine-grained control, and visibility.

Advanced network capabilities should not be standalone functions

Network functions such as firewalls, load balancers, and Wide Area Network (WAN) optimizers have some level of session-awareness, yet reside in multiple physical or virtual appliances that add to the complexity. Imbuing session awareness and control into the routing layer enables the consolidation of these functions, and makes them native to the act of routing.

Routing must evolve to be application and service-centric

The modern model for routing must evolve beyond simply IP addresses and cost-based forwarding to encompass the notions of service topologies and policy frameworks. Multi-tenant policy and control logic should exist within, not on top of, IP networks.

Overlay networks are not the answer

Encapsulation or tunnel-based overlay networks such as MPLS, IPSec, and VxLAN sit on top of IP networks in order to deliver deterministic routing, network virtualization, and segmentation. These techniques create overhead, fragmentation, operational costs, and scaling challenges – and limit the effectiveness of security and monitoring systems. Session-oriented networking offers a better alternative that stretches virtual networks end-to-end across network boundaries and domains.

Zero trust security must be everywhere

Perimeter security models are no longer sufficient for today’s business demands. Next-level network security requires that no user, traffic source, or connected network should be trusted. IP routing is no exception.

With these principles in mind, 128 Technology has developed a new kind of networking platform that addresses a broad range of networking challenges but is easy to implement alongside your existing network. They’re excited about this platform because it will deliver outstanding benefits to enterprises, service providers, and cloud services companies alike.

128T Networking Platform (128T) is a software-based platform that exponentially simplifies networking, reduces cost, and provides greater security. The session-oriented, service-centric, and deterministic policy engine enables faster route selection and bi-directional route enforcement through the use of a distributed control plane (vs. centralized controller), eliminating the need for tunnels, overlay networks, and segmentation, treating traffic flows in direct correlation to the established policy.

The CGN approach to networking configures end sites with private addresses, which in turn are translated to public addresses by NAT devices embedded in the network. The incorporation of CGN is similar to a tunnel header applied in multi-tenancy environments, and thus, application-level NAT problems are eliminated, as the source and destination addresses are translated back to the original addresses before delivery to the final destination. 128T is superior to current software-defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) architectures and network functions virtualization because it eliminates complexity and reshapes the way organizations design, deploy, and operate real-world networks by making them dramatically simpler, smarter, and more secure.

Application in Financials and Retail

128T brings tremendous value to the Financial Services and Retail Industries, with a unique focus on the following use cases.

Security

Zero Trust Security starting at the very edge of the network and extending across network boundaries; no packets enter the network unless there is an explicit policy allowing access.

Reliability

Next Generation WAN (NG-WAN) with seamless failover, the ability to leverage public and private networks, and the need for more and lower cost bandwidth across networks.

Interconnecting Data Centers

To create one “logical” DC to the enterprise including Disaster Recovery with the support of duplicate IP addresses, and the ability to move services across networks.

For example, 128 Technology is currently working with a large financial software company that had experienced a session failure resulting in millions of dollars lost in trades. Session migration and session failover were a high priority for them; all resolved using 128T.

128T can also add enormous value to any retail organization by providing secure, efficient, and dynamic connections to retail locations. Through the NG-WAN platform, a large auto part retailer, for example, was able to connect over 4,000 sites countrywide. The primary driver for this retailer was 128T’s ability to provide dynamic failover of applications.

How tCognition Can Support 128 Technology

tCognition offers cost effective programs in support of advanced technologies like the 128T Networking Platform, providing Application Development & IntegrationQA-Test EngineeringHelp Desk (Level 1-3+), and 24×7 Managed Services all customized to meet the exacting requirements of our client’s needs.

We employ solution development and product support teams for Enterprise applications like NetSuiteOracleSAGE and SAP; monitoring and management tools like EM7, Nectar, and HP OpenView; secure mobile (iOS, Android, MS) application Single Sign-On (SSO) solutions for accessing ServiceNow, ERP and CRM platforms; Omni-Channel – WebRTC solution frameworks enabling browser based full collaboration communication; Telematics, connected vehicle solutions for Agero, vehicle manufacturers like Toyota and VW, and Insurance companies.

We look forward to working with and supporting 128 Technology in taking on the challenge of securing, controlling, and optimizing clients’ overly complex networks – and internetwork – architectures. Let us know how we can engage you in a discussion and show you how we can help deliver the highest level of security, control, and agility – along with 128 Technology!

20 Jun

Remote Telematics Solutions Overview

Remote Telematics Solutions Overview

Telematics-Solutions-OverviewRemote telematics solutions are generally systems that are installed in an automobile.

Telematics solutions allow the sending, receiving and storing of car information such as trip history and allows for use of its applications remotely.

The process is made through a remote telecommunication device that is installed in the car and with it the vehicle will maintain connected with the dealer or the brand. Remote solutions are created by Telematics Solution Providers, or TSPs.

How can remote telematics solutions help us?

Nowadays, with the convenience of car service companies such as Uber, Lyft and Zipcar; customers are utilizing these services which is generating a lower rate of car ownership. Telematics can help boost the overall appeal of cars and can also make driver’s experiences easier and more fun.

There’s a new study that shows that the current car owner is more willing to buy his new car form the same brand if they received an excellent after-sales service from the dealer and from the brand. Telematics can be used to help keep customers happy: whether alerting them to a future service checkup, giving them more multi-media options or keeping their driving experience hands free.

Here is a diagram that shows an overview of all the ways remote vehicle telematics help us in our everyday lives:

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OnStar and your GPS system are just some examples of remote telematics solutions. With all the data telematics is collecting, it is easy to develop a picture of what a day-to-day driver is looking for. Telematics solutions can be customized to meet the user experience, letting them know when its time for the next check-up, routes’ history, etc. The possibilities are endless and in the future you will see things like Google Apps being integrated directly into the console of your automobile.

What Benefits can Telematics Solutions Provide?

  • Automatic Crash Notifications
  • Roadside Assistance Services
  • Vehicle Tracking
  • Remote Door Services
  • Navigation Assistance
  • Traffic Assistance
  • Concierge Services
  • Entertainment Services
  • Fleet Management
  • Diagnostics

Telematics System Overview

Here’s a quick overview of how the system works on every step of the way for a customer that needs a dealer to get a check up/service done.

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14 Jun

Vehicle Telematics and Diagnostics Overview

Vehicle Telematics and Diagnostics Overview

telematics in carsTelematics is the long-distance transmission of data using wireless technology. Remote automotive telematic diagnostics monitor vehicle-related information with the exchange of real-time data from a remote location. These diagnostics platforms provide alerts on potential vehicle problems, determine root cause of vehicle failures and provide guidelines regarding corrective actions. Telematics in cars is a burgeoning field that has an enormous ceiling for growth.

Telematics in cars can provide preventive maintenance tips, roadside assistance and remote fleet management while reducing running costs.

Telematic and informatics diagnostics ultimately allow for improved vehicle reliability by utilizing diagnostic reports to illustrate the problems / statuses of a vehicle at any given point in time. This involves high level integration of hardware and software technologies to extract fault codes and other information stored in the electronic control unit (which is often what telematics solutions are interfacing with). In this example the software applications evaluate the codes and return a well-defined description of the problem.

Below are common features remote automotive telematics solutions have:

1. Automatic Crash Notification and Assistance: Automatically notifies the correct authority / call center, helping to provide location coordinates in the event of an emergency that takes away your ability to use or access a phone.

2. SOS Emergency Assistance: Summons aid for an emergency involving your car and occupants that is non-crash-related.

3. Monthly Vehicle Health Report: Informs you of the status of your vehicles crucial components, fluid levels and electronic functions.

4. Essential Notifications/Alerts: Provides automated diagnostic trouble codes, remote access and vehicle location alerts.

5. Turn-by-turn Directions: This allows customers to obtain information regarding traffic information for pre-defined routes; turn-by-turn navigation uses signals from GPS satellites to fix the car’s location, gas station locations and weather information.

If you’re interested in the general field of telematics in cars, head to our vehicle telematics page and let us know how we can help!