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LMTV LIVE | How to Improve Network Performance (with Keith Bromley and Jim Sullivan)

Keith Bromley from Keysight Technologies (formerly Ixia) and Jim Sullivan from ExtraHop will be talking about how to use network visibility to improve network performance. In short, network visibility is what enables you to quickly isolate and resolve performance issues; ultimately ensuring the best possible end-user experience.

Since tactical data loses 70% of its value after 30 minutes, the speed and accuracy of data analysis is critical. A proper visibility architecture addresses the strategic end-to-end monitoring goals of the network, whether they are physical, virtual, out-of-band, or inline security visibility.

Some key thoughts we will discuss during the event:
  • A Visibility Architecture is an end-to-end infrastructure which enables physical and virtual network, application, and security visibility
  • There are four keys areas of a visibility architecture:
    • Proper access to the data you need using taps, virtual taps, and bypass switches.
    • Filtering capability to maximize the flow of relevant information to your monitoring tools. NPBs are enable:  data aggregation, filtering, deduplication, and load balancing of Layer 2 through 4 (of the OSI model) packet data.
    • Application intelligence functionality allows additional filtering and analysis at the application layer, i.e. Layer 7 of the OSI stack. These capabilities give you quick access to information about your network and help to maximize the efficiency of your tools.
    • The final layer is made up of your security and monitoring tools. These devices are typically special purpose tools (e.g., sniffer, NPM, APM, etc.) that are designed to analyze specific data. The output from these tools is typically used by network engineers to make their decisions
  • APM tools can provide real-time data analytics to help you manage your network. This lets you see problems before your users do.
  • Anomaly driven data flows allow you to quickly isolate potential problems
  • A visibility architecture typically yields immediate benefits such as the following:  eliminating blind spots, reducing costs while maximizing ROI, and simplifying data control

Join us for the first of several discussions to learn how to unleash the power of network visibility.

If you can’t make it to the event, watch the podcast on-demand or check out some of these free resources.

Guest Host

Picture of Paul OffordHost Profile - Paul Offord is the CTO at performance and stability specialists, Advance7.  He has had a 40-year career in the IT industry that includes roles in hardware engineering, software engineering and network management. Prior to founding Advance7, he worked for IBM, National Semiconductor and Hitachi Data Systems.

Paul is currently leading the TribeLab project to explore new ways to help IT support people troubleshoot performance and stability problems.

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