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THE STORY SO FAR

The Packet Company was founded in 2012 by Dr. Andrew Thomson. With over 20 years experience in designing complex systems at that point, and with most of the previous decade spent working in network monitoring and traffic analysis, I had become frustrated with both the cost and level of functionality available in many commercial tools.

After some considered thinking and research  I decided to develop my own. The Packet Company was born.....

From the outset, The Packet Company's focus has been to create top-quality solutions to some of the common problems that network and test engineers encounter. In doing so, we have provided our customers with a complementary mix of consultancy, products and bespoke features. A key part of this has been to make products that are open and flexible; this allows users to enhance and extend them, reconfigure them and integrate them with other systems. And it provides a high degree of future-proofing too.

PacketRAID is our first official product - a multi-port, multi-format, multi-rate signal recorder for capturing Ethernet or SDH. It's incredibly flexible, both in the range of signal types and speeds that it can capture and replay, but also the platform itself. And the UI is beautiful - we're understandably very proud of what we have achieved.

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MEET Our Team

The Packet Company

 
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dr andrew thomson

Founder and Managing Director

Andrew founded the Company in 2012, after spending most of the previous decade working as a Lead Software Developer specialising in network monitoring and traffic analysis.  With over 20 years experience in designing complex systems he thought it was the right time to venture out by himself.

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andy heal

Access Technologies Specialist

Andy has spent the past 30 years leading and developing specialist technical teams delivering new leading edge capabilities into UK Government Security.   Through this work he has built up a vast knowledge and unrivalled list of contacts in this ever evolving environment.

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andy lovell

Capability Delivery Manager

Andy brings with him over 35 years of experience across a wide variety of engineering sectors.  His varied role will enable the company to further develop our marketing, sales, and commercial offerings as well as bringing an enhanced level of professionalism to our technical deliveries. 

 
 
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Ben GRIFFIN

Graduate Cyber Security Engineer

Ben has joins us having recently graduated from Liverpool John Moores University where he gained a MSc in Policing and Cyber Crime. 

 
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READ OUR NEWS

Please have a look at some of our latest articles.

 
 
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PACKETRAID VERSION 3.0 RELEASED

Our development and test teams have been working hard throughout the summer months to bring us the latest version of the PacketRAID software suite.  Version 3.0 now provides a number of new and enhance features;

  • 40Gbps capture
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WE ARE ON THE MOVE

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CATCH THE SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER

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OUR NEW WEBSITE GOES LIVE

July and August have been a pretty busy couple of months.  Along with the: development work on Version 3.0 of PacketRAID, our move into our newly refurbished Barnwood Office, and our first Packet Generation newsletter of 2018 we have also released our new and improved website.

This is now much more informative than the previous version, as well as featuring a new and improved navigation and also a lot more information and content.

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PRECISELY!

MAY 3, 2017

In this series we’ll be looking at time and time-keeping, and the challenges and opportunities when applied to packet capture and replay.  In this space, accuracy is key - especially when correlating between recordings.  But achieving consistency across multiple pieces of equipment deployed to several sites can be difficult.

We'll attempt to address some of the common problems that occur and look at tested solutions, as well as covering some of the background to explain what is going on.

So let’s start by looking at something very topical, and proving to be quite contentious.


ETHERNET

STATISTICS

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Bit Rate, Packet Rate and Loading

Some of the most common statistics to see for ethernet are the bit rate for a connection (e.g. 1G, 10G), the packet rate (e.g. 1.8Mpps) and the loading (e.g. 37%). But how are these calculated, and what do they mean in practice?

The bit rate is the logical speed or bandwidth of the link, and indicates the maximum data rate that can be transmitted, including overheads (see below).

The maximum packet rate isn't fixed, but depends on the average packet size, and this in turn depends on the traffic type. For example, VoIP packets tend to be very small, whilst web browsing packets are usually much larger.

Loading describes what proportion of the link's bandwidth is being used, and takes into account the amount required by the packet itself plus ethernet overheads such as preamble and inter-frame gap.


HIGH SPEED

STORAGE

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In developing the PacketRAID recorder, The Packet Company invested a considerable amount of time and effort into evaluating different storage configurations. Below, we outline our approach, one of the tools we developed, and the results we achieved.

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