NetFlow probes allow for advanced traffic analysis in areas of your network that don’t have the required hardware to export NetFlow data. While I was on a support call with one of our customers they showed me a map of their NetFlow probe implementation and I was in awe with how many Windows NetFlow probes and Linux NetFlow probes that they’ve deployed on their network to allow for advanced NetFlow traffic analysis.

 NetFlow nProbe Bandwidth Usage Graph

 

In the screen shot above, the customer primarily deployed Windows and Linux nProbes to gain visibility into the network instead of replacing all of their current routers and switches. NetFlow probes have come a long way from reporting on just top bandwidth hogs to doing advanced traffic analysis by reporting on data such as Client latency, Server latency, Application latency and HTTP URLs. We have created specific reports for the nProbe, so once you’ve pointed your NetFlow probe to your NetFlow and IPFIX collector you’ll start seeing the new reports.

Advanced NetFlow Probe Analysis

There are a variety of different NetFlow probes ranging from Windows NetFlow Probes, Linux NetFlow Probes and Free NetFlow Probes that can help provide visibility into your network.

With all of the different choices, what’s your favorite NetFlow probe and why?

Paul Dube

Paul Dube is the Director of Technical Services at Plixer. He has a passion for enabling individuals and organizations to use highly complex systems to solve business and personal objectives. This passion for problem solving has Paul working with some of the largest enterprises to solve their security and networking challenges and also educating his young daughters on how to enrich their lives with technology. When he's not working, you will find him enjoying time with his family, cooking something delicious on the Big Green Egg, and enjoying the best brews that the locals have to offer.

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