R&S®PACE 2 is a state-of-the art software library that uses different technologies (including layer 7 classification, behavioral, heuristic and statistical analysis) to classify network protocols and applications in IP traffic even when advanced obfuscation and encryption techniques are used, while simultaneously extracting metadata in realtime with industry-leading accuracy. R&S®PACE 2 application awareness is a core technology in Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity products. It ensures network security and protects organizations and subscribers against threats such as viruses, malware and cyberattacks.
To learn more about IP classification and advanced features such as metadata extraction and measuring subscriber quality of service (QoS) and quality of experience (QoE), simply download the R&S®PACE 2 Solution Guide.
R&S®PACE 2 delivers full visibility into IP-based network traffic. It enables network infrastructure vendors to develop products for the intelligent networks of the future, and offers

  • Efficient bandwidth control
  • Prioritized quality of service delivery
  • Robust network security

Network infrastructure vendors around the world enhance the value they bring to their customers by embedding R&S®PACE 2 in their products.

R&S®PACE 2 in IP networks

Security (IDS/IPS, Firewalls, SIEM, UTM)

Application awareness is a key enabler for a variety of security use cases, including IDS/IPS, firewalls, SIEM and UTM. When used in an NGFW for example, application awareness enables much more effective operation of the firewall itself. Instead of allowing all traffic that comes in via typical web ports, an NGFW can distinguish between specific applications and then apply policies based on business rules. By integrating R&S®PACE 2, security vendors quickly gain application visibility and control. This enables them to better manage security threats and prevent network attacks. The R&S PACE 2 ready-to-use software libraries reduce the costs and risks associated with developing and maintaining highly complex technology that continually needs to be updated with the latest applications and protocols to ensure the effectiveness of the security product. 

Network & Subscriber Analytics

Gaining business intelligence from network and subscriber data is a fast growing area as operators recognize they can increase the efficiency of their network and generate additional revenue by better understanding subscriber application usage and behavior. For example, the marketing department can offer enhanced data packages based on subscriber profiles, planning can use traffic data to plan network investments and the optimization/CEM department can monitor the QoE per application from a user perspective. R&S®PACE 2 offers analytics vendors high performance, accurate identification of the applications subscribers are using as well as rich data about usage time and type of content, e.g. who are the power users and what are the top applications by subscriber segment and geography.

Network Function Virtualization and Software-Defined Networks (SDN and NFV)

As network architecture migrates to SDN and NFV, implementing dynamic application-based service models is becoming become more and more common. R&S®PACE 2 increases the benefits of SDN and NFV by providing network operators with enhanced visibility of OTT traffic and enabling intelligent routing between the virtual components for state-of-the-art use cases like dynamic application-based service plans or service function chaining. The high throughput and ultra-small memory footprint of R&S®PACE 2 make it ideal to run in virtualized environments and help network infrastructure vendors implement application-aware virtual network functions (VNF/VNFC) or complete virtual EPC solutions for 4G, 5G and beyond.

Key Benefits

  • Core enabling technology to ensure network security
  • Optimized for virtualized environments (SDN/NFV)
  • Lowest memory resource requirements on the market
  • Fast classification speed – up to 9 Gbps per CPU core
  • Comprehensive library – 2800 applications and 6000 metadata parameters
  • Up to weekly updates of protocol library
  • Highly accurate realtime detection rate