In my last post I mentioned I would talk about a few topics on a more technical level so today I’ll be talking about our NetFlow integration with a product named Scrutinizer from Plixer. I’ve also created a video introducing the NetFlow integration here.
Would you like the ability to zoom out to the 40,000 foot level and look at how your SLA’s are performing, yet drill down to have a look at who are your worst offending users and applications on your network? How about we take it one step further and have a look at who’s using up the most amount of bandwidth on an individual port on your core switch? Would you believe me if I said you can get all that power and visibility from one tool in the palm of your hand (if you have a mobile with a decent web browser)? Alright, that’s enough from the sales part of me. Yes, you do get all of the above with up.time.
It’s easy to access the NetFlow section from within up.time. By clicking on a server that is on the same network as a NetFlow monitored switch you will see a link in the Graphing section for NetFlow metrics. This gives you direct visibility into the network usage of the server and the top networking applications; and that’s just the default NetFlow view. From there you can slice-and-dice all of the network metrics and flows and find out the top applications, highest bandwidth usage, communication flows, and many other detailed network metrics coming from the server. It provides you with almost infinite drill-down capabilities into detailed low-level network metrics for your network administrators.
The GlobalScan dashboard gives you visibility into your global infrastructure availability, and now we also provide detailed visibility into your network usage and availability as well. You get detailed network analytics without having to drill down into a complicated profiler tool, all from within the up.time interface.
For example: it will show you which server is using up the most amount of bandwidth; and if it was a rogue system serving torrents and saturating your network pipeline up.time would bring that to the surface and show you immediately without requiring hundreds of clicks to get at that data.
With NetFlow Analytics you get higher visibility into what is happening on your network without having to sit there watching the packets fly by and this helps your network team proactively trace patterns before outages can occur. For a look at how this all looks and works feel free to check out our video on NetFlow – click here to check it out.