MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Network monitoring is dead, says the CEO of cPacket Networks; that is, unless network monitoring solutions become agile enough to deliver real-time visibility, while keeping up with the increasing complexity, volume, and speed of network traffic in virtualized data center and cloud application delivery environments.
Today’s legacy monitoring solutions cannot address the demands of modern networks because their architecture was designed decades ago and was not conceived to handle large scale problems that arise in large-scale data centers and high-speed networks. In simple terms, the legacy architecture relies on aggregating all the traffic and analyzing it after-the-fact in a centralized location. The increasing volume and speed of network traffic makes this legacy approach a “bottleneck by design.”
Such a bottleneck implies lower operational agility, restricted visibility, and slow response time to situations that require corrective actions, because the operation teams do not have proactive situational awareness and real-time access to true facts.
Explained Rony Kay, founder and CEO of cPacket, “The traditional monitoring architecture is like the cashier in a struggling legacy retailer. At legacy retail stores, during busy times the centralized cashier is a bottleneck that causes customers to stand aimlessly and wait. However, in an Apple™ store, the approach is more agile and distributed, every employee at the store can help you with your needs and take your payment from anywhere on the floor, instantly.” This distributed model delivers higher customer satisfaction and enables more efficient utilization of space and time.
Traditional monitoring solutions aim to aggregate all the traffic from across the network for centralized post-processing during which potential issues can be unearthed. In contrast, cPacket’s distributed approach performs, in real-time, the heavy lifting of inspecting every packet and every flow on the fly, while sending only relevant events for reporting. Kay calls this distributed model “Pervasive Network Intelligence” which is physically distributed and virtually centralized. This distributed approach to network monitoring is inherently more effective for large complex environments.
cPacket delivers Pervasive Network Intelligence that benefits operators of modern networks by providing real-time situational awareness about what is happening anywhere in their networks. It improves the information agility and enables proactive operational adjustments to optimize quality of service and users’ experience. It replaces the old-fashioned monitoring systems that do not scale because they try to post-process massive amounts of aggregated data centrally, after-the-fact. That hindsight approach is not conducive to addressing problems before they impact the users.
Kay suggested that network professionals assess whether they need more agile network monitoring solutions by considering a few questions:
- Is it easy enough to immediately and conclusively resolve intermittent problems that negatively impact business activities and users' quality-of-experience?
- Is timely, consistent, and proactive situational awareness available based on granular performance and health indicators?
- Is it possible to drive capacity planning and traffic engineering based on granular information about temporal behaviors like spikes and jitter?
- Is it possible to interactively search network traffic in real time to find telltale signs of imminent issues and problems like distributed denial of service?
- Do you have the information agility needed to optimize your operational efficiency and infrastructure utilization?
To address all of these issues, a novel hardware-software architecture can be deployed to deliver pervasive real time intelligence. It should combine real-time hardware inspection of every bit in every packet and every flow across the entire network environment with radically simplified software to allow instant access to relevant information from any web browser.
“It’s time for monitoring solutions to catch up with the rest of the networking and data center world,” concluded Kay. “Otherwise, it risks the fate of legacy retail models that could not modernize to work in today’s world.”
cPacket is the recognized leader in pervasive network intelligence. The company delivers solutions that radically simplify network traffic monitoring and data center performance optimization. At the heart of all of cPacket solutions are its unique Algorithmic Fabric chips and innovative hardware-software architecture. The company's customers include the world largest data centers, service providers, financial and government organizations. cPacket is located in Mountain View, CA.
For more information, visit www.cpacket.com.
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