It is the job of any good reporting tool to take the mundane and make it interesting, if not exciting. At Plixer we are always looking for new ways to visualize the Cisco NetFlow data stored in our back end. Scrutinizer is not just a Cisco NetFlow collector, it’s also a NetFlow visualization tool. Not to take anything away from the innate beauty of a well structured MySQL database, but nothing pops off the screen and involves us like sexy graphs. If you can interact with those graphs, even better.

During the development of Scrutinizer version 7, we have been considering the idea of offering more ways for users to view and interact with their network traffic data beyond just pretty bar graphs, line graphs, pie charts and stacked trends.

NetFlow Visualization
Many ideas that come out of the Plixer Innovation Labs make it into the final product. However, much like Google Labs, some ideas are just plain cool, with no currently discernible use. That brings us to the new Plixer Innovations Lab home on Systrax.com.

We are happy to announce that everyone will now get the chance to explore some of the ideas that are produced from the labs; some will make it into Scrutinizer, and some won’t. The first two examples of our labs projects are two really inventive ways of viewing Cisco NetFlow data.

Step into the Matrix
The Matrix is intended to be a Top Hosts view. Users can click hosts to view the other hosts that are connecting to the selected host (green) or the hosts that the selected host is connecting to (blue). If you are feeling like a turn on Wheel of Fortune, go ahead and grab the circle in the center and give it a spin.

Flock of Hosts
Flock is a replayer of the Top 10 Destination Hosts (white circles) and the corresponding Top 5 Source Hosts (yellow circles) sending data to each of the Top 10 Destinations. Grab the dots and slam them into each other.

Network traffic data in a new light
Hopefully, Scrutinizer users find these data views as exciting as we do (except Jimmy D – he takes it to an unhealthy level). Leave a comment and let us know if you would find value in either the Matrix view (currently found in Flow Analytics) and the Flock view (we’re still looking for a way to utilize this view that would be truly useful).

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Kelly Kading

Kelly Kading is the Regional Manager for the Northeast US here at Plixer. Kelly strives to deliver the best customer experience possible. He enjoys building relationships with his customers and wants to find the solution to best meet their needs. When not in the office, Kelly tries to always be in the outdoors. His favorite hobbies are hiking, snowshoeing, traveling and generally just being outside!

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