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Network performance monitoring

For 100% Lossless Packet
Capture Up to 40GbE

The SolarCapture product family provides packet capture capability for a variety of network management applications including troubleshooting, regulatory compliance, monitoring service level agreements, security analytics, network forensics, record keeping, performance monitoring and tuning. SolarCapture brings the ability to provide 100% lossless capture up to 40GbE, together with an open architecture which makes data available for third party applications and for export to long term storage options.

SolarCapture Appliances

1000 Series SolarCapture Appliance

2000 Series SolarCapture Appliance

3000 Series SolarCapture Appliance

4000 Series SolarCapture Appliance

There are four SolarCapture Appliance models available to satisfy a range of requirements for cost, packet to disk performance and storage for data retention.


1000 Series

  • 5Gbps sustained persistence rate (2.2 TB of data captured per hour) with 4X1GbE ports
  • Handles bursts of up to 10 seconds with 2x10GbE ports

2000 Series

  • 15Gbps sustained persistence rate (6.6 TB of data captured per hour)
  • Handles bursts of up to 40 seconds with 2x10GbE ports
  • Handles bursts of up to 20 seconds with 4x10GbE ports

3000 Series

  • 25Gbps sustained persistence rate (11.25 TB of data captured per hour)
  • Handles bursts of up to 20 seconds with 4x10GbE ports
  • Handles bursts of up to 12 seconds with 1x40GbE ports
  • Handles bursts of up to 1.5 seconds with 2x40GbE ports

4000 Series

  • 40Gbps sustained persistence rate (18 TB of data captured per hour) with 4X10 or 1X40GbE ports
  • Handles bursts of up to 1.5 seconds with 2x40GbE ports
SolarCapture Pro

SolarCapture Pro

SolarCapture Product Brief

Key features and benefits

Lossless packet capture as standard: designed for real-time analytics, SolarCapture provides both throughput and capacity, with multiple configuration options. With deep burst buffering, SolarCapture delivers raw frames from the wire to disk without loss at up to 40Gbps

Real-time analytics: SolarCapture allows live query of captured and time-stamped data, and online live packet processing with third‐party libpcap‐aware analytics applications, without impeding capture performance

Open architecture: SolarCapture has been designed to share data with third party applications via the SolarCapture libpcap or C APIs, and to share alerts via Syslog and SNMP. SolarCapture delivers streams from buffers in memory, or as an uninterrupted packet stream from disk when applications cannot keep up with the capture rate

Easy to deploy and manage: SolarCapture is available as a stand-alone turnkey appliance, or as a adapter and software bundle which can be installed in an industry-standard server. Once installed, the intuitive SolarCapture Dashboard GUI offers multiple configuration options, flow and conversation statistics, flow indices, query outputs, and filters

SolarCapture Appliance Options

All supporting PTP timestamping and remote management

ConfigurationsLine rate burstSustained packet rate to diskStorageSizeTypical deployments
1000 Series
Entry level
4X1GbE: Line rate
2X10GbE: 10s
5Gbps7.2 TB1UCo-lo and lightweight office deployments
2000 Series
High capacity
2x10GbE: 40s
4x10GbE: 20s
15Gbps72 TB;
Expand up to 216 TB
2UWAN links to remote offices, Internet links
3000 Series
High throughput
4X10GbE: 20s
1X40GbE: 12s
2X40GbE: 1.5s
25Gbps28.8 TB2UData centers and server farms
4000 Series
4X10GbE: Line rate
1X40GbE: Line rate
2X40GbE: 1.5s
40Gbps216 TB;
Expand up to 360 TB
4UIn the most demanding environments

Whatever your requirements, there is a SolarCapture solution that meets them.

SolarCapture Topology

SolarCapture Software Applications

For both the SolarCapture Appliance and SolarCapture System, the core management and API software come as standard, including SolarCapture Investigator, the intuitive GUI that enables configuration and management of SolarCapture installations, with metrics including flow indices, query outputs, reporting and alerts. Additional software options include:

SolarCapture Network Analytics Dashboard: this provides the ability to configure and manage more than one SolarCapture Appliance or SolarCapture System, providing a global network view and the ability to drill down to a lower level via an easy-to-use GUI

SolarCapture Investigator: manages SolarCapture Appliances and Systems, with querying, reporting and alerting functionality

SolarCapture Trading Analytics: designed specifically for electronic trading applications, the SolarCapture Trading Analytics application provides detailed metrics and reporting such as latency and tick-to-trade statistics, with customizable reports and alerts

SolarCapture Tap: for both today and tomorrow’s Cloud and virtualization requirements, SolarCapture Tap supports the tunneling of packet data from virtual machines

SolarCapture Architecture

SolarCapture System Models

There are a variety of system models available, 4x1GbE, 2x10GbE, 4x10GbE and 2x40GbE, for building and configuring a SolarCapture System using a server of your choice. Solarflare has reference server configurations available.