Intelligent Network Monitoring Architecture Challenge | A comprehensive and effective advanced network monitoring program in a modern enterprise data center involves complete traffic visibility. Network engineers must monitor for issues around data security, network and application performance, which may impact the business. In the standard network monitoring paradigm, each monitoring point in the network is associated with a specific traffic analysis tool. In many cases, there is no specifically assigned tool and a portable analyzer is moved between monitoring ports for temporary use.
Solution | Intelligent Network Visibility: achieving complete network visibility requires directing the right data to the right analysis tool. Advanced network visibility solutions provide packet aggregation and filtering as well as many other features such as packet slicing and de-duplication, data rate conversion and load balancing.
Intelligent Network Monitoring (aka network packet broker) involves many advanced monitoring features developed to support 100% network visibility:
Packet aggregation is simply the merging of multiple data streams from SPANs and Taps, creating a single unified data stream that can be routed to a monitoring tool. APCON IntellaFlex blades support flexible any-to-any packet aggregation for increased monitoring tool efficiency.
Packet slicing and packet de-duplication are designed to clean up aggregated data streams and reduce the volume of data delivered to a given monitoring tool. In many cases only the packet header is analyzed, so packet slicing removes the packet payload, delivering only the required data. Packet de-duplication removes duplicate copies of packets that are generated by SPAN and Tap data sources. This feature can also be helpful for data security and compliance.
Time stamping enables network engineers to precisely measure network latency on a packet-by-packet basis. Latency-sensitive services such as high-speed stock trading, VoIP, and video streaming all require a network monitoring system that can accurately measure latency.
Data rate conversion, filtering, and load balancing allow you to monitor 10G links with less expensive 1G tools. By filtering out irrelevant packets, changing the data rate, and dividing a high-bandwidth data stream among several similar tools, equipment purchases may be delayed or eliminated.
Virtual network monitoring provides visibility of intra-VM (east-west) traffic on virtual servers using taps and filters to select traffic of interest. Learn more >
Advanced Monitoring Services
By aggregating data streams from across your network and routing filtered output streams to your tools, you can achieve maximum utility from your existing tool set.
Advanced network monitoring services such as packet slicing, packet de-duplication, data rate conversion, and load balancing allow you to save capital expenses such as expensive 10G tools. By reducing the volume of data to just the information needed for each tool, you can monitor new 10G links with existing 1G appliances.
Merge many data input sources
Multicast the merged stream to output ports
Apply egress filters to customize each data stream
Reduce packet size with packet slicing
Remove duplicate copies of packets
Direct a custom filtered stream to each tool
Monitor your network with fewer tools
Monitoring Virtualized Environments
Use existing tools to monitor physical and virtual networks
Increase network security, preformance and tool utilization