Partner: Interview Network Solutions

Interview Network Solutions specializes in providing detailed monitoring, analysis. and reporting of all operational parameters in modern complex networks, from long-term Service Level Agreement (SLA) reporting down to an individual connection trace.

The extensive experience of troubleshooting complex network installations have resulted in an advanced suite of applications that benefit all levels of the organisation, from the expert network engineer to executives.

Being able to track and verify SLA-parameters on a business level, correlate performance incidents to individual network services, and performing a drill down to discover the root cause is the hallmark of Interview Network Solutions.

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The Partnership Solution

The suite of applications provided by Interview Network Solutions are sophisticated, and analyses every detail of the network traffic that can impact the performance of the network.

With the right input, thresholds for the expected performance of network services can be set in the interTrace application, which will then monitor and report on network performance incidents that violates the thresholds that the interTrace user have defined in the system. Such incidents and events can then be forwarded to collection and reporting applications, such as SLIC, the SLA reporting application from Interview Network Solutions.

For traffic intensive high-speed networks this becomes a processing intensive task, as individual packets identified as important to the performance of the network must be identified and analyzed.

First of all, it is far from all the traffic on the network link being monitored that is of interest. And just filtering out all the irrelevant traffic accurately, and with no loss of data of interest, is challenging for most applications. Secondly, while the analysis of the traffic may be performed in real time, the root cause behind any performance issues detected always happened before the effect was seen. With the entire network traffic readily available in the Wasabi Networks NTA, the interTrace user can therefore request a search by the Wasabi Networks NTA for the network traffic leading up to the performance incident, in order to identify the root cause.

The Wasabi Networks NTA thus act as both a high-speed loss-less pre-filtering front end for the Interview Networks interTrace application, and as a restrospective source of network data leading up to any given issue detected.

With this combined solution you get:

  • Continuous monitoring of network segments
  • User-customizable metrics for long time monitoring
  • Deep packet analysis of protocols and packet content
  • Incident recognition and alerting
  • Root cause detection capabilities
  • Executive level SLA compliance reporting

For further information about the integrated solution, visit Interview Network Solutions & Wasabi Networks

Partner: Garland Technology

Garland Technology is an industry leader of IT network visibility solutions for enterprises, data centers, and government agencies worldwide. Garland Technology has been engineering and manufacturing the industry’s most reliable Network TAPs, Network Packet Brokers, and Inline Bypass solutions since 2011.

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The Partnership Solution

Instrumenting your network for visibility and observability is crucial in todays IT infrastructures. And doing so efficiently and effectively. Especially for observability where you need rich context for corroborating network performance and security issues, the access to Full Packet Capture (FPC) recordings of all the traffic in your network is the ultimate solution.

Here comes a dilemma: Should you deploy multiple recording solutions at multiple points in the network, or aggregate the traffic into more centralized collection (recording) points (or, more precisely, to what extent)? The answer is, as always: It depends. This is why it is important to have the necessary options available for the implementation of the right solution.

In general, the lower the network speed, the more it make sense to use TAPs and packet brokers to aggregate the traffic into a few high-speed recording systems, such as the Wasabi Networks NTA. TAPs are usually preferred over SPAN ports for getting a precise copy of the network traffic directly from a network segment, and packet brokers are specifically designed for aggregating many such lower speed tapping points into fewer and higher speed links. As network speed increases, it is, however, important also to check the capacity and performance of the equipment receiving (and in this case recording) the aggregated traffic. It may not be feasible to (or cost-effectively) to aggregate all traffic into a single recorder on your network.

By deploying the right combination of collection and aggregation solutions, you can therefore strike the right balance between network coverage, performance and cost.

Getting as much coverage is especially important, as it defines which parts of the network that can be recorded, and thereby observed directly. In a cybersecurity context it means that lateral movements of a threat actor that are already inside your network can be detected faster.

However, it is just as important as the recording process itself, that the traffic is collected and aggregated perfectly and without packet loss. Garland Technology have a long history of designing products exactly with such characteristics in mind, and offers both passive and in-line bypass solutions for increasing the flexibility even further.

With these combined solutions you get:

  • High degree of flexibility in the instrumentation of your network
  • Cost-effective coverage of as many network segments as needed
  • Passive and In-line Bypass modes
  • Centralized view of the entire traffic flow in the network

For further information about the solutions, visit Garland Technology & Wasabi Networks

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