I’ve always liked the NetFlow Ninja(TM) owned by Lancope.  It’s just plain cool.

What is a NetFlow Ninja

Charlie Schluting touts a Network Ninja.  I wonder if it is similar to a NetFlow Ninja? I guess I’ll have to read his book to find out.

Network Ninja book

Awhile ago we had a NetFlow Ninja running around our office.   It turned out to be Mix Master Mitch in disguise.  He’s such a ham.

Anyway, we wanted to come up with something similar, however we wanted to stay away from super heros like those from our ‘windy’ competitors as we felt that they are a bit too fictitious and silly.

silly windy ninja

We wanted something real, something that people could relate to and after some thought, we came up with the Scrutinizer Samurai(TM) and later the NetFlow Knight(TM).

Scrutinizer Samurai NetFlow IPFIX
The Samurai was cool but, too brand specific and too much like the NetFlow Ninja. We needed something that people wouldn’t possibly perceive as evil.

NetFlow Sword

We eventually decided on NetFlow Knight which is a network professional who appreciates NetFlow, IPFIX and sFlow as fundamental technologies for troubleshooting network traffic and application behaviors.  A NetFlow Knight is a defender of proper network usage, someone who holds strong beliefs in what traffic should and shouldn’t be on the network.  He or She promotes the idea that employees should self govern their own behaviors and that Network Administrators should only have to throttle or stop traffic from those who dishonor the code. A NetFlow Knight appreciates tools that allow him/her to re-enforce the culture through the most flexible filtering and reporting options.


Mike Patterson author pic


Michael is one of the Co-founders and the former product manager for Scrutinizer. He enjoys many outdoor winter sports and often takes videos when he is snowmobiling, ice fishing or sledding with his kids. Cold weather and lots of snow make the best winters as far as he is concerned. Prior to starting Somix and Plixer, Mike worked in technical support at Cabletron Systems, acquired his Novell CNE and then moved to the training department for a few years. While in training he finished his Masters in Computer Information Systems from Southern New Hampshire University and then left technical training to pursue a new skill set in Professional Services. In 1998 he left the 'Tron' to start Somix which later became Plixer.


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