Integrated Netflow and IP Routing Analysis
The Next Evolutionary Step in IP Traffic Analysis
by Packet Design
Published 2006, Posted April 2006
IT and network engineering departments are under increasing pressure to deliver more predictable and better performing IP networks. Meeting more stringent Service Level Agreement (SLA) requirements for converged data, voice and multi-media, and coping with the effects of web-enablement and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) requires increased network management visibility and accuracy. While new end to end application performance management solutions have arisen to complement SNMP device management, the tools utilized by engineers to understand the inner workings of IP networks themselves are still rudimentary. This leaves network managers coping with an opaque network “cloud” of dynamic IP routing and traffic that is the root cause of a large percentage of application problems. The traditional separation between operational monitoring/analysis and engineering planning tools makes things worse, since engineers can’t effectively use real-time monitoring data to plan and optimize the network. A new level of networking management best practices and solutions is needed to meet the challenge of evolving network requirements. Packet Design has pioneered a new technology called route-flow fusion that combines deep visibility into IP routing and flow-based traffic with monitoring, analysis and modeling capabilities. Route-flow fusion provides unprecedented visibility into the network “cloud” and enables IT to more rapidly, confidently and accurately optimize IP networks for better application and service delivery. This white paper provides an overview of the increasing demands on today’s IP networks, reviews the evolution and current state of network management, then introduces route-flow fusion technology and explores how route-flow fusion can be applied to enhance network management best practices and achieve a rapid return on investment for IT and network engineering departments.
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