monitoring google plus trafficUsing NetFlow to Monitor Google+ traffic is an idea that instantly came to me today. Let’s face it, there’s a new social media player in town: Google+, and from the looks of it, it is here to stay. Google+ is the latest thing in sharing photos, create circles, and start huddles and hangouts. So with yet another social platform out there you’re asking yourself, “How do I know if my employees are going to Google+? Is there a way to monitor Google+ Network traffic?” Yes, there is! With NetFlow or IPFIX Reporting!

NetFlow Hardware performs deep packet analysis into your network’s traffic, even if you are specifically doing URL traffic monitoring. Through devices like SonicWALL and nProbe you can gather URL information on your network infrastructure. With a NetFlow and IPFIX Analyzer reporting on these devices you can filter for specific URLs like plus.google.com or any other URL. But what about monitoring traffic to other social networking sites?

Social Media Traffic Monitoring

Social Network traffic monitoring is an excellent way to use your IPFIX monitoring tool to catch your employees waste corporate bandwidth and time browsing social networking websites. You can use the same filtering method mentioned above to filter for Facebook network traffic, including Twitter or even Youtube traffic. You can even set thresholds so that you receive a notification when someone hits these popular social sites.

To sum it all up: If you want to monitor social networking sites on your network, than NetFlow is your solution!

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Jamie Lee

Jamie Lee is the west coast Regional Manager at Plixer. He works with prospects to solve the unique needs of their network and visits existing customers to assist with training. He enjoys developing new partnerships and building long-lasting relationships with his clients. Jamie loves the outdoors and his favorite hobbies include fishing, hiking, and football.

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