Plixer provides a network traffic analytics system that supports fast and efficient incident response. The solution allows you to gain visibility into cloud applications, security events, and network traffic. It delivers actionable data to guide you from the detection of network and security events all the way to root-cause analysis and mitigation. Network and security incidents are inevitable. When they occur, Plixer is there to help you quickly return to normal and minimize business disruption. Thousands of organizations rely on Plixer solutions to keep their IT infrastructure running efficiently.




Co-founders Michael Patterson (President and CEO) and Marc Bilodeau (CTO) worked together as networking technology trainers at Cabletron throughout the 90s. During their time there, they recognized the need for better visualization and analytics of the data that ran across the network. At that time, SNMP was a great tool for monitoring the health of switches and routers, reporting device failures and bandwidth utilization on switch and router ports, but it lacked the context of the traffic itself. The problem was that poor user experience was generally not the result of a hardware failure, but something else. The industry needed a system to deliver traffic-level context and forensic data for faster root cause analysis and better security. The result of Mike and Marc’s efforts was Scrutinizer. Today, Scrutinizer is the industry leader in providing companies with the forensic data they need to support network and security incident response quickly and efficiently.




The Scrutinizer System

Scrutinizer® is the foundation for Plixer’s network traffic analytics system. It stands out in the industry by offering the most scalable solution on the market, delivering the fastest reporting, and providing the richest data context available anywhere. Role-based access automatically presents the network and security teams with the data they need to support fast, efficient network and security incident response. Scrutinizer is available as both physical and virtual appliances, as well as through a software-as-a-service cloud-based offering.

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Network Team Benefits

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Better context is achieved by correlating traffic flows and metadata, collected from all corners of the network, into a single database. Rapid filtering and reporting from this rich data deliver deep insight to answer the questions: who, what, where, when, why, and how.


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Increase Efficiency and Reduce Cost

The industry’s fastest and most accurate reporting delivers the data you need when you need it most. When users complain, but your SNMP tool’s lights are all green, what do you do? You turn to Scrutinizer to protect customer satisfaction, productivity, and revenue.

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Monitor Network and Application Performance

Network/application optimization and root cause analysis require true end-to-end visibility. This must extend all the way from the user, through the Wi-Fi, into the wired edge and distribution closets, across the data center, and into the cloud. Scrutinizer delivers all this and more.
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Achieve Fast Reporting and Massive Scale

Scrutinizer’s hierarchical design with streamlined and efficient data collection allows you to start small and easily scale to multi-millions of flows per second. Although the network is always blamed, fast and accurate reporting allows the network team to identify root cause and deliver results.

Security Team Benefits


Reduce Security Risks

As a security professional, risk reduction is job one. Decades of point security products, purchased in the name of prevention, have failed us. Breaches are inevitable. Today, the greatest risk reduction comes from a focus on forensic data and improving time-to-resolution after a breach occurs.


Support Faster Time-to-Resolution

Faster time-to-resolution is accomplished through a faster time-to-know. Remediation can only occur after root cause has been established, and rich contextual data is the enabler. Telemetry data, centrally gathered from across your entire network infrastructure, enables faster time-to-know and faster time-to-resolution.


Deliver Contextual Forensics

Access to high volumes of disparate data does not lead to faster response. In fact, it can have the opposite effect. The best context and response comes from the correlation of network-related data with metadata from firewalls, IPS, SIEM, and distributed probes, all stitched together into a single database.


Advanced Security Analytics

IoT, BYOD, and the explosion of virtual machines has created an unmanageable threat surface. Monitoring for anomalous traffic and device behavior with network traffic analytics is the most effective indicator of compromise. Proactive thresholds, alerting, and open RESTful APIs enable rapid and dynamic event response.
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