blog looks at how the IRIS Flow Collector leverages the richness of Netflow packets to bring deep analysis capabilities of network data for the purpose of ensuring that environments perform at peak. IRIS’ approach to leveraging Netflow differs from other network monitoring software by extracting Netflow data with the least overhead on networking devices.

When captured and organised by the IRIS Flow Collector, which is IRIS’ implementation of Netflow Analyzer, packets reveal a wide range of information that aid ISP and enterprise operations staff in getting a detailed view on bandwidth consumption, application usage statistics, quality of service concerns and network latency. This kind of detailed monitoring provides in-depth analysis needed in large scale networking scenarios.

There are different implementations of Netflow Analyzers by many network monitoring software companies. This is because of the value found in the flow data when captured. IRIS network monitoring software is designed to take full advantage is of abundance of network data found within Netflow.

Let’s take a look at how the IRIS Flow Collector tools take advantage of Netflow data:

  1. IRIS Flow Collector: Flow engines capture and process Netflow data and exports it from enterprise routers. Each flow engine is responsible for the collection and storing of this data. Updated information is sent to the IRIS Data Collection Engine (DCE) periodically.
  2. Troubleshooter: The Troubleshooter allows you to explore traffic per device in a way that makes problem identification seamless. Visual representations of data via the Troubleshooter means the troubleshooting process is made much simpler, thus eliminating time spent on problem identification.
  3. Iris Flow Explorer: The reporting engine gives free reign over the search function in the Netflow database. Advanced searches using the Flow Explorer allows you to build graphs depicting traffic patterns and data.
  4. The Flow Tracker: This module is designed to “track” network data on a predefined query. The Flow Tracker system is highly scalable, with the ability to create 11000 flow tracks on a single flow collector.

The role of the Data Collection Engine

The scale of network data collected in large environments require a powerful database to store collected network data. IRIS relies on a Data Collection Engine (DCE) to perform the task of acquiring, storing and organising Netflow and other network metrics over user-defined time-periods. This powerful database engine allows for historic and live analysis of data, powerful reporting and the visualisation of network information used by IT to understand the ebbs and flows of the environment.

Historic analysis aids in the understanding of root causes of network faults and allows for more informed decision-making on upgrade projects and the impact of network changes before implementation.

IRIS network monitoring software brings you the information you need

Leveraging the richness of Netflow data with the IRIS Flow Collector and its associated modules gives network operations staff 360-degree views of their environments. With IRIS’ ability to provide reporting and analysis capabilities second to none, networking staff are firmly at the helm and empowered to provision networking services of superior quality.

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