We recently had the opportunity to work with an exciting Juniper IPFIX MX Series export. It provides traffic details that we haven’t seen before from this vendor. The export is available in release 14.1X55 and release 17.1 in Q1 2017, but you also need the MX with subscriber/application awareness (using MS-MPC cards). Read more
The other day I was helping an engineer who was trying to provide some Juniper MX240 IPFIX support when we ran into some “flow direction” problems that lead to reporting issues. After setting up the export and not seeing anything in our NetFlow Collector, I decided to get out the packet analyzer and capture the datagrams. It was time to take a look at the contents within the flows at deeper level. What we learned: Juniper is not exporting flow direction correctly and this is causing problems.
We took some time recently to get our Splunk NetFlow integration working. Apparently, there are a few customers who are looking to get from NetFlow to Splunk and from Splunk to NetFlow. This of course applies to IPFIX and sFlow as well.
Most companies ask about security before outsourcing to a cloud service. The problem when asking this question is that, many of us don’t really question or test the claims of what the vendor tells us. Why should we, vendors are honest …..right?
Many devices that are placed on the corporate networks can fly under the radar of the IT departments watchful eye. These devices include smart phones, wireless access points, tablets, home laptops and other types of computer hardware. In some cases, employees make VPN connections from non-corporate owned computers and leave them connected for days or even weeks. All of these devices take up corporate resources and put the company at greater risk for malware and electronic theft. What can be done?
Bosses can get bored at work just like everyone else and it often happens at the same time you or I are getting bored. Take Friday afternoon after lunch for example. The boss is back from a big sandwich lunch where he/she ate a bit too much, their belly is full and because of that they are fighting the urge to be lethargic. The thought of reading email or reviewing another document is a task they just can’t seem to muster up the motivation to review.
Good news, the Blue Coat MACH5 NetFlow support is now part of a growing community of vendors supporting NetFlow and or IPFIX. IPFIX is the official standard for all flow technologies and although interest in the proprietary sFlow technology has begun to shrink over the past few years, the IPFIX standard includes provisions for real-time packet sampling as well.
When considering Ipswitch’s WhatsUp Gold Vs. Solarwinds Orion it is important to start off by listing the features that are important to maintaining optimum network performance for your business. Clearly both are capable of monitoring networks. Here are the PDF files that we were able to obtain at the time of this post:
- Solarwinds: [SolarWinds Orion vs. WUG] Link removed per vendor request.
- Ipswitch: [WUG_vs_Orion_v9] and the [Orion_North America_DeepDive]