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ProfiTap contacted 12 network analysts and had them put their ProfiShark product through its paces. Then the analysts wrote about their specific experiences, feedback and general thoughts.

I read through the pdf's and was intrigued as to what people wrote about and enjoyed hearing from different perspectives.

I personally think the end result was a great mix of articles that i think you would enjoy.

Here's a very brief summary along with the links:

Mike Pennacchi “Measuring Device Latency with the ProfiShark”

  • Mike shows us how to use the SPAN mode of the ProfiShark while determining and comparing the latency introduced by a Microtik configured to use NAT.
  • Very cool to see Mike sharing the methodology behind his testing.
  • youtube.com/watch?v=gMXBhNP9JJs
  • http://www.nps-llc.com

Stuart “Thor” Kendrick In-line Tapping in the Data Center”

  • Stuart takes us through his trials and tribulations while adding another VLAN to an ISILSON cluster.
  • Impressed with the level of detail and photos Stuart provides walking me through ProfiShark Manager and his specific connects.
  • Liked that Stuart used another tool ‘mass-ping’ for his troubleshooting.
  • http://www.skendric.com

Jasper “MacGyver” Bongertz A look at a portable USB3 network TAP

  • Jasper provides a great detailed review and usability tips of the ProfiShark.
  • Excellent pros and cons with real world examples.
  • Liked the timestamp overview.
  • https://blog.packet-foo.com/

Ray “Spock“ Tompkins “Troubleshooting with Gearbit and ProfiShark”

  • Ray walks through a “slow response time” troubleshooting engagement
  • Very good walk through on how he used Wireshark to identify the root cause
  • https://gearbit.com/

Megumi “The Flash” Takeshita “ProfiShark Long-term Capture”

  • Great explanation of packet size vs throughput
  • Megumi also covers the installation and configuration of ProfiShark ‘s Manager application
  • Fantastic walkthrough on long term captures to a Synology NAS
  • twitter.com/ikeriri

  • www.ikeriri.ne.jp

Tim “Captain” O’Neill "SPAN Port or TAP–CSO Beware" and "The Reality Of Meeting Your Data Visualization Demands"

  • One whitepaper discusses if a SPAN port is viable. He covers 5 reasons why SPAN is not a passive technology. When is a SPAN port ‘OK’?
  • The other whitepaper covers 5 rules “Basic Rules for Network Data Visualiztion Access”
  • What is a VACL and tips about working with them
  • www.lovemytool.com

Phil “Sherlock” Shade

Tom “The Guru” Tosh “Coordinated, Multi-site Visibility With ProfiShark & EZ-Trace”

  • Well written introduction to EZ-Trace and how to use it with ProfiShark
  • www.chi-metrix.com

Tony “Inspector Fortunato "ProfiShark Performance Results"

  • Tony uses a traffic generator to compare tshark, Built-in NIC, TAP, SPAN and ProfiShark’s performance
  • Explains the impact of packet size on performance and your tools
  • https://www.thetechfirm.com

Brad “AquaMan” Palm "Profishark 1G use case analysis"


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