Network monitoring is essentially the continuous collection and analysis of network and application traffic telemetry. When done right, it provides admins with network visibility and useful insights that can be instantly acted upon.
Network monitoring is vital for the smooth running of a company’s network. Good network visibility helps administrators and security professionals tackle network performance issues, identify faulty services or assets, allocate bandwidth capacity, detect anomalies, and protect from threats such as malware infections, data leaks and other dangers.
In the past, infrastructure monitoring with SNMP polling was enough to ensure an acceptable level of visibility. Today, with increasingly complicated networks architecture and emphasis on performance, administrators need to see beyond mere infrastructure availability; they need to understand traffic structure and measure latency.
While continuous recording and detailed analysis of all traffic can deliver this level of control, the network bandwidths of 10 Gbps or more that are common today mean that storage and rack space requirements would be enormous. To get better scalability and cover the entire IT environment with a single solution, network admins turn to IPFIX, which can extract relevant information from network traffic on L2–L7 levels, and only reserve the storage-consuming packet capture for special situations.
Flowmon makes use of this type of telemetry data and provides administrators with deep network insight, which serves as a solid base for their everyday tasks and decisions.
Flowmon’s network monitoring saves hours of tedious network troubleshooting, so the NetOps and SecOps teams can focus on IT projects and innovations instead.
Flowmon provides visibility that, on its own, makes it possible to resolve 95% of network issues and incidents such as:
Flowmon processes network telemetry data, including IP flows and raw packets, which can be collected from a variety of network devices. Optionally, a dedicated proprietary sensor called Flowmon Probe can be used for better performance, greater data granularity and enriching the flow data with information from L7. The data is then stored and analyzed, and the resulting insights are displayed in one integrated console. The main function of Flowmon Collector (a central piece of the solution) is monitoring the network and delivering visibility can be extended with many advanced functions, analysis, and automation.
The solution is designed for the best usability, with pre-defined customizable dashboards and simple drill-down from top statistics to low-level details. Data is stored with no aggregation to enable retrospective analysis.
Services like Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure, offering organizations to move their network infrastructures to the cloud, are generally helpful but create a gap in network visibility, as most network monitoring solutions are designed to be integrated into local networks, not to third-party cloud providers.
Flowmon Collector is designed to work in both cloud and hybrid environments. It provides an equal level of visibility, whether deployed within a public cloud or on premises. What is more, Flowmon can perform network monitoring in a hybrid environment, presenting the insights for both the cloud and local parts within a single seamless interface.