IP Fabrics

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IP Fabrics is a privately owned, US company that designs and manufactures network surveillance products for national security, lawful interception, data retention, and cyber crime applications. Headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, U.S., IP Fabrics employs between 10 and 20 employees and has over 50 customers.[citation needed]


IP Fabrics was founded in Beaverton, Oregon in 2002[1] by nine former RadiSys employees, including the founder, Glen Myers.[2][3][4] The first investors were employees and private investors, who contributed roughly $400K to fund the company’s operations until the first round of venture funding in August, 2003. Financing was led by Ignition Partners of Bellevue, Washington; Frazier Technology Venture and northwest Venture Associates, both of Seattle; and Intel Capital.[1] Subsequent funding rounds came from the founders and members of the original venture investment team.[1] In 2008, the company’s assets were sold to a German company, ATIS UHER, [5] who remains the largest shareholder.


IP Fabrics has two main products: DeepProbe[6] and DeepSweep,[7] both network surveillance systems capable of monitoring one gigabit and ten gigabit Ethernet networks. These are typically used in surveillance applications such as:

  • IPDR generation for Data retention
  • IP lawful intercept such as Title III and pen register for criminal investigations
  • IP monitoring for intelligence gathering and other national security operations
  • IP monitoring and intercept for detection and investigation of cyber crimes (online theft, Internet crimes against children, etc.)
  • IP intercept and monitoring for insider threat detection, compliance, and forensic analysis of private networks

DeepProbe is an intelligent passive full decoding probe, often used in distributed surveillance environments, which are typically large, complex networks, or networks requiring significant application-level monitoring. Examples of such networks would be nationwide surveillance solutions with probes installed at the key service providers and gateways, critical, secure government networks, or large communications service providers. DeepProbe functions as a passive monitoring system, generally under the control of a separate surveillance element such as a mediation system or a Security Information and Event Management system.

DeepSweep is standalone surveillance system incorporating three common IP intercept functions: intercept access point, mediation, and delivery functions. DeepSweep is primarily used by US-based Internet Service Providers and Voice over IP providers to comply with the FCC’s broadband Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act requirement, as well as by North American law enforcement agencies as an Internet tactical wiretap system.[8][9]

IP Fabrics has key technology in the areas of deep packet inspection, deep application protocol inspection, and high-speed parallel packet processing implemented on multicore processors.[10]

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  1. ^ a b c http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/stories/2006/03/27/daily18.html Portland Business Journal. Accessed December 1, 2010.
  2. ^ Earnshaw, Aliza (May 3, 2002). "RadiSys CEO Myers steps down". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved 2009-07-09.
  3. ^ Bell, Jon (September 10, 2004). "Capital ventures into Oregon". The Portland Tribune. Retrieved 2009-07-10.
  4. ^ Williams, Elisa (June 22, 1997). "Keeping RadiSys on the fast track". The Oregonian. p. R12.
  5. ^ http://blog.oregonlive.com/siliconforest/2011/05/ip_fabrics_co-founder_glen_mye.html Oregon Live. Accessed May 17, 2011
  6. ^ http://www.ipfabrics.com/products/DeepProbe.php IP Fabrics. Accessed December 1, 2010.
  7. ^ http://www.ipfabrics.com/products/deepsweep1.php IP Fabrics. Accessed December 1, 2010.
  8. ^ http://www.policeone.com/police-technology/wire-tap/articles/1727583-The-challenges-of-Internet-intercepts-and-wiretaps/ PoliceOne.com. Accessed December 1, 2010.
  9. ^ http://morrisonworldnews.com/?p=26763 Morrison World News Accessed December 1, 2010.
  10. ^ http://www.compactpci-systems.com/articles/id/?4119 CompactPCI-Systems. Accessed December 1, 2010.

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