Gaining Network Visibility

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July 8th, 2013

by Ixia/Anue

Network monitoring switches improve productivity, boost the efficiency of
monitoring tools and solve the challenge of limited access points

Service providers are under ever-increasing pressure to improve the performance and security of their networks. To meet these challenges, they rely on a bevy of monitoring tools. Monitoring for security and compliance, as well as application and network performance, requires access to an increasing amount of network data, optimally performing monitoring tools and full visibility into the network. Ultimately, the limited number of data access points prevents effective monitoring. The network monitoring switch is a necessary tool in addressing these challenges. Not only does a network monitoring switch solve the problem of TAP and SPAN shortages, it also improves the traffic to all monitoring tools, improving overall
monitoring tool performance and productivity. Find out how by downloading this white paper.

Best Practices for Network Monitoring

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June 10th, 2013

By Ixia/Anue

IT teams are under big pressure to improve the performance and security of corporate networks. Monitoring for security, compliance, and performance requires getting the right data to the right monitoring tool for analysis. This paper describes the capabilities of a network monitoring switch and how it optimizes the traffic to the monitoring tools, improving overall monitoring tool performance and protecting the IT team’s monitoring tool investment

Ixia/Anue ‘s Larry Hart On Its SDN Network Visualization Strategy

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May 20th, 2013

Larry_Hart_On_Its_SDN_Network_Visualization_StrategyAs the need for visibility of applications flowing inside networks grows, network architecture itself is changing thanks to network plus server virtualization in data centers, and now Software-Defined Networking. Also trends like BYOD, virtualization, and application mobility are bringing complexity and a new dynamism to today’s networks. Larry Hart, Vice President, Ixia/Anue joins me to discuss how Software-Defined Networking is enhancing the hot network visualization market.

Lippis Report 207: The Killer SDN Applications: Network Virtualization and Visualization

April 8th, 2013

nicklippis.jpgAt the last Open Networking User Group (ONUG) meeting in Boston organized with partner Fidelity Investments, it became very clear that there are two killer SDN applications: network virtualization and visualization. Some argue that network virtualization used for VM-VM networking is not an SDN technology, but I beg to differ. Sure, there are closed and open approaches to network virtualization, but over the next business cycle, the integration of OpenStack and OpenFlow will make it clear that network virtualization is an SDN application, especially as it’s extended to physical networks. The second killer app is network visualization—that is, the ability to monitor network traffic and tweak application performance.   At ONUG Rich Groves, Principal Architect at Microsoft presented his SDN based approach to network visualization he designed with Big Switch Networks, cPacket, IBM, Arista and other suppliers that everyone is now using.  Why is network visualization an SDN killer app? Because it uses SDN technology, and most importantly, lowers the capital cost significantly from existing network visualization approaches while also delivering an entirely new level of self-server flexibility. Companies, such as Big Switch Networks, Gigamon, Arista, Cisco, NetScout, Ixia/Anue, cPacket and others, are now positioning their network visualization offers within an SDN context and for good reason. In this Lippis Report Research Note, I focus on network visualization as an SDN killer app.

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The Virtual Blind Spot Best Practices for Monitoring Virtual Environments

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April 8th, 2013

By Ixia/Anue

The “many in” notions that VMs are built upon become problematic when trying to trace a packet, or analyze packet flow. Even worse, in most organizations, the teams that handle the physical network are different than those that handle virtualization, ensuring finger pointing in the case of any issues. In this paper, we will consider the growth of virtualization, and the visibility issues arising from a traditional implementation. We will then overview Ixia’s Anue Net Tool Optimizer (NTO) solution and demonstrate how its product capabilities can help customers today, while using existing and familiar IT assets you have already deployed.

Best Practices in Big Data Monitoring

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March 25th, 2013

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According to industry analysts Gartner, “Big Data are high-volume, high-velocity, and/or high-variety information assets that require new forms of processing to enable enhanced decision making, insight discovery and process optimization.” The world’s technological per-capita capacity to store information has roughly doubled every 40 months since the 1980s; as of 2012, every day 2.5 quintillion (2.5Å~1018) bytes of data were created. Big Data exceed the demands of a typical network because of the size and speed of the data traveling over the network. Almost everything about this new paradigm is different than what traditional networks were designed to handle. But there are some elements of networks running Big Data that are exactly like its more typical counterpart. You still need to monitor the performance of the network, make sure that the network is secure, and check the behavior of the applications that are running on it. And meeting these needs require a way to monitor Big Data; that is as revolutionary as it is – the network monitoring switch. In this paper, we will overview the issues posed by the surge of Big Data in industry, as well as the capabilities of a network monitoring switch to make the most of it.