IT Professionals need to keep the network traffic optimized for peak business netflow application performance. Tools which allow them to see inside the network and into the different applications (E.g. running under the disguise of port 80), are going to allow them to guarantee that critical traffic receives priority.
When a key application slows down, what utilities give the IT Team insight into the nature of the latency issue? NetFlow traffic analysis is often needed across the network with end to end visibility on network connections. Often times this is required on a hop by hop basis. What are the applications on your network? Who is using these applications and how often? These are the questions you will have answers to.
The nBox performs Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) by looking deep into the data field of a packet to identify signatures. After comparing details against a series of datagrams it can identify the underlying application disguising itself as another utility. All protocols and ports are discovered.
Combined with Flow Analytics™, Scrutinizer will perform network behavior analysis to uncover unwanted traffic. Even if the traffic is exchanged under the cover of encryption.
The DPI capabilities in the nBox allow Scrutinizer to deliver packet layer details on all applications whether they are hosted in house or in the cloud. Dashboards include statistics on bits, bytes, packets, network connection latency, packet loss and more on all NetFlow connections.
The nBox can be placed in both physical and virtual infrastructures. Within minutes after installation, the nBox plays a key role in trouble shooting all applications and network security threats passing by its visibility into the network.
The nBox and Scrutinizer combination provides features that set a new bar in the flow industry by providing packet level details across the businesses IT environment. As the recognized leader in flow collection and reporting, Scrutinizer leverages the DPI capabilities of the nBox to provide a level of detail unmatched in the NetFlow and IPFIX industry.
All 7 Layers of the OSI Model
From the Physical layer via flow option templates to the Application layer via DPI, Scrutinizer reports on all OSI layers including MAC addresses which empowers Network Analysts to report on the traffic behaviors from wireless handhelds such as Androids, iPhones, iPads, etc. The nBox incorporates IPFIX which far exceeds the abilities limited by NetFlow v5.
Detecting whether the application is Youtube or Twitter is just the beginning. Insight into VoIP is also extracted and includes details on jitter, packet loss, codec and even caller ID in numerous report combinations. Phones with consistent quality of service issues become obvious. When combined with power filtering, narrowing in on specific data makes the nBox the most powerful probe of its kind supporting speeds up to 10G at a fraction of the costs compared to other traditional solutions.
Pin Point Slowness Issues
The combination of the nBox with Scrutinizer allows administrators to get a baseline of typical or optimal application performance. When connection performance becomes a problem, alarms can be triggered which link to reports that can provide details on whether the slow down was caused by the server, the client or even the network. The nBox’s packet level detail allows the root cause of the issue to be isolated quickly. No other flow solution provides connection details in all three of these latency areas.
Since all connections are tracked by the nBox and sent to the flow collector, network threats such as viruses, scans and other malware can be detected and dealt with using Scrutinizer’s Flow Analytics. Details of every threat are sent off in each method allowing for decisive action. Ultimately, the nBox empowers the IT staff to lower the Mean Time To Know (MTTK) and improve operational efficiencies within network operations.
The nBox is a hardware-based, scalable, and purpose-built solution. As an nBox administrator, you have a low-cost easy to administration appliance using the embedded web interface.
nBox-M nBox-H nBox-HF Form Factor Rackmount (19") Management Ports 1 (Gigabit Copper) Remote Management (IPMI) Optional Yes Monitoring Ports 4 (gigabit Copper) 4 (Gigabit Copper) 2 (Gigabit SX) Target Flow Performance (Concurrent Flows) 50,000 100,000 100,000 Typical Monitoring Scenario xDSL Lightly Loaded Gbit Network Heavy Loaded Gbit Network NetFlow Probe nProbe 5.x (NetFlow v5/v9 and IPFIX) with in-Kernel Flow Acceleration (Commercial Edition) Local Flow Collection ntop 3.3.x Compatible Flow Collector All Major NetFlow Collectors
A hardware-based NetFlow v5/v9 traffic probe (IPv4/IPv6/MPLS), which can create traffic flows based on actual network data to be forwarded to Scrutinizer.
nBox is a low-cost, small form factor computer with no moving parts and all neccessary software onboard, which makes it easy to administer via the embedded web interface.
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