Protocol Analysis, Data Recorder, CALEA, Lawful Intercept, Application Performance, User Experience, Industrial Ethernet, Data Loss Prevention, Deep Packet Inspection, NetFlow, SOX, HIPAA and PCI Compliance, Switching and Routing, Forensics, VoIP, IPTV ... etc.
Every day network managers ask, or get asked, what applications are on the network. Can you answer these questions easily?
How much bandwidth are your applications using?
Do they comply with your standards and can you audit them?
Who is using them?
What browsers are being used?
I call this actionable Network Intelligence – Ixia calls it Application Intelligence and that is an understatement.All traditional monitoring switches or packet brokers look at and manipulate packet identification and statistics (to some degree) by viewing layers two through four. What they don’t look at is the application layer, layer seven. However, this is where all the real human application information or intelligence is at! While layer seven’s success depends on all the control and support from the lower layers, layer seven is the ultimate test of successfully delivering actionable human data! Gathering intelligence on layer seven is the ultimate test of your network’s success!
Can you answer the Question - What are my Applications doing?
Do you want to see which applications are running on your network? Well now Ixia has announced a solution for this huge task and we call it the ATI Processor which stands for Application and Threat Intelligence Processor.
Let's say that we've used network tracing to narrow down a slow response time problem to a Windows application server. That's great, and perhaps we have everything we need to go to the application support team, but maybe, just maybe, the cause of the problem is in the supporting infrastructure. We can use perfmon to check for overload but it would be nice to go a bit further.
Process Monitor can give us another level of visibility. We can analyse the way an application is using the system resources such as the registry and the file system, and measure associated delays. Best of all this is a Microsoft tool that is completey free of charge.